The Locksmith's Dilemma

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This book documents the misadventures of Girard, a young English locksmith traveling through Medieval Europe, but no matter how far he goes, he can't outrun his past. He seeks a place of safety and comfort, and most importantly, relationships to tie him to a place to call home. With a group of friends he confronts the dangers and challenges of an uncertain age.
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Published: Oct. 01, 2013
Words: 174,600
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301710256
About Paul Telegdi

BIO: Nearing retirement, I now have more time to devote to writing (and if I don’t, I squeeze the day until there is a space/time to crawl into). Over the past 15 years, I have worked on 15 books, three of which (of the Dreamcast series) are self-published.
My website, http://www.PaulTelegdi.ca gives a full account of my life and accomplishments, which I shall not repeat here.
The thumbnail version: I was born in Hungary; when young immigrated to Canada with my family, attended University of Waterloo, Ontario, where I met my wife. Spent years in West Germany where my wife was studying music while I was learning German. Returning to Canada, we ended up on a farm in Ontario with pets. Long-time married, I boast of three sons with talent and personality.
Presently I am office manager of my wife’s private practice of psychology. I like kayaking and windsurfing. I belong to a number of writers’ groups, and often choose writing over sleeping. eBooks are an exciting new chapter in my life and I’m looking forward to the wider exposure.
My motto: Want a better life? Then write it!

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Review by: min1526 on March 02, 2014 : star star star star star
Another very good book. I'll be looking for more of his work
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Review by: Peter Nicholas Farrell on Oct. 30, 2013 : star star star star star
Thoroughly enjoyable book. Well written, strong characters, good plot.
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Review by: Zeecé Lugo on Oct. 29, 2013 : star star star star star
I have been an avid reader of the Brother Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters, so when I ran by accident into this novel, I was intrigued. The story takes place at the start of the middle ages, the time when the large cathedrals are starting to rise, the merchant guilds are gaining strength, and the Crusades are just about finished. However, not all readers will appreciate the genre.

As the story opens, we meet Girard DeForet, a promising young locksmith journeyman, or as described by a fellow traveler, “A skilled worker on a journey to learn more of his craft.” As the story unfolds, Girard finds so much more than what he initially sought. He finds friends of the heart to share his adventures. He finds work opportunities he never imagined, as the great cathedrals, monuments to the rich and powerful church, vie with each other for the skilled craftsmen. He finds acceptance and begins to thrive in his chosen craft. And more importantly, he finds a girl to love. But Europe is a harsh place at the time. Justice is only for the one who can buy it and wield it. Men of power can buy, use, sell, and kill anyone with impunity. The church, itself corrupt, cares little for the common man except to sell it “indulgences.” Danger lurks all around our hero.
Soon, Girard and his friends find themselves on the run, and they embark on an adventure that takes them to places they never thought to see before. During this voyage, Girard grows and changes in ways he could have never imagined, becoming a man, a monster, a realist, but always, a man of his time. Along the way, the reader gets an image of that period in time, that is hard to forget.

I highly recommend this book. I loved it. I intend to read it again.
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Review by: read more on Oct. 18, 2013 : star star star star
Telegdiis books are always an enjoyable reading time
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Review by: Nickel Mann on Oct. 06, 2013 : star star star star star
He just keeps getting better!
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Review by: claus olsen on Oct. 05, 2013 : star star star star star
As always a very well written novel from late middle age, featuring Girard the locksmith and his challenges in a harsh and corrupt age.
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