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Allan Cole is a best-selling author, screenwriter and former prize-winning newsman who brings a rich background in travel and personal experience to his imaginative work.
Son of a CIA operative, Cole was raised in the Middle East, Europe, and the Far East. He attended thirty-two schools and visited or lived in as many countries. He recalls hearing Othello for the first time as a child sitting on an ancient fortress wall in Cyprus - the island Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote the play.
Rejecting invitations to join the CIA, Cole became an award-winning investigative reporter and editor who dealt with everything from landmark murder cases to thieving government officials.
Since that time he’s concentrated on books and film. His novels include the landmark science fiction series, “Sten,” the highly-praised fantasy trilogy, “Tales Of The Timuras,” “The Far Kingdoms” series, a World Fantasy Award Finalist, and the Vietnam war classic, “A Reckoning For Kings.” The “Sten” novels, which he coauthored with the late Chris Bunch, have sold upwards of 25 million books worldwide and have been published in 13 languages.
His latest novels include “The Lords Of Terror,” which he wrote with Russian fantasy master, Nick Perumov, as well as “MacGregor,” and “Drowned Hopes,” thrillers set in Boca Raton, Florida. “Lords” is the first and only novel written by American and Russian collaborators.
Allan has sold more than a hundred and fifty television dramas, ranging from “Quincy” and “The Rockford Files” to and “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
He lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Kathryn. For more information see his homepage at www.acole.com and his film and entry at IMDB.com
on April 19, 2011 :
OK. I liked the first book, "The Far Kingdoms", enough to read it a couple of times over the years. "The Warrior's Tale" wasn't bad also (good rolicking read). All of these are kind of epic-voyage-explorer fantasy books.
This wasn't as good as the original Almaric book, but it was similiar in concept/content/feel. Start with the far kingdoms.
BTW: there are several typos and from what I can tell they are universal across versions (google books has the same typos).
If someone wants to correct them, they are at these pages:
59 - missing dash - "was bringing his sword - a great two-handed blade up over his head...bedding itself (should be embedding itself...I think?)
63 - missing dash after "that would've made even more tongues wag"
169 - double colon..."instead of the expected: exlamation of:"
267 - Children you listen (missing italics, centering)
276 comma should be ? - "Are there any spells you could attempt,"
343 "At firs I didn't see" should be "first"
Decent read, nice finishing up of the Far Kingdoms story. Typos need correction though!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)