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About The Author, Wim Baren
Wim Baren is the author’s pen name. He lives a stone’s throw from Colonial Williamsburg, a place rich in history. He imagines himself a novelist. He’s written two full-length tales set in long-ago times. He’s also written a couple of short stories, and a bunch of short broadsheets about his creative writing experiences and insights. All of these are on Smashwords, and almost all of them are free.
As of the date of this writing, he’s playing at setting up his own website (http://WriteHand.org – not complete yet), and is feverishly inventing two new tales, also set in ancient times. One is a sequel to “The Crimson Emperor” – a fabulously romantic tale about Byzantium known by practically nobody – and another is an alternative history surrounding the Empress Theodora of Byzantium, a larger-than-life novel about the most powerful woman in the 6th century world at the time. That period of the Eastern Roman Empire did not lack excitement, to say the least…
So, with a spouse he dotes upon, two aging (nearly 17 years young) Shi-Tzus who still think they are only two years old, and a pleasant prospect over which his front entrance looks to stimulate his thoughts, he’s got a quiet and most enjoyable lifestyle. Would that everybody could enjoy the same, or more…
Thought and ideas are welcome, courteously done.
on Nov. 02, 2015 :
The Byzantine era was one of strife, struggle, & war. Battles were frequent and violent. Life expectancy was short and death was always just around the corner. Accordingly, people seized the opportunity to find enjoyment whenever possible. This was a time when trust was a precious commodity and family was of ultimate importance. The church was incredibly powerful and involved in most everything; and traditions and protocol were of the utmost consideration.
In The Crimson Emperor, author Wim Baren chronicles the lives of a few notable families of the Byzantium Empire. The main characters and families involved in this book are all of the upper classes. Emperors, some members of the business class and the elite, as well as a few servants add to the mix of colorful personalities woven throughout. The tales are based on fact but are presented in the framework of fiction, making this an incredibly interesting novel.
This is not your typical beach read, (by no means would it be considered “brain candy”) and yet it is hard to put down. The Crimson Emperor is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in history, and in particular that of the Byzantine culture. The story is riveting, the characters vibrant and complex, and the tale often puts the reader on the edge of their seat. Details which seem mildly obscure in the beginning of the book become woven into the fabric of this story which is supremely well written and comes together seamlessly at its finale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)