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I make my home with my beautiful wife and family in a suburb of Los Angeles, among a cluttered collection of too-big, cookie-cutter structures.
Here I rest each night after a long (and somewhat miserable) commute from the glass monoliths of West Los Angeles through the lowlands, cloistered away from the multi-hued grid of American culture, pretending that I am above it all.
Currently, I run this little blog, ply a trade as an executive in a financial services firm and muddle along as a wannabe author. I’m just having fun!!!!
Yet, in my life I have donned many uniforms. I have been:
A farmer (or son of a farmer — unwilling [and unable] to claim the expertise of my father in the ways of farming and ranching)
An Army scout
A frat guy (of sorts)
A plumber (but not a very good one)
A grad student (twice-cooked)
A professor (Adjunct really)
And as I have changed and adapted to the world around me, I have maintained a connection to fantasy fiction and the macabre.
on March 19, 2014 :
The Crusader by JP Wilder - 5 out of 5 stars
I actually downloaded the entirety of this book believing it to be the sample. I read the ‘sample’, enjoyed it, and was going to buy the book before I realised I already had read it all.
The story is 11,000 words, and I was very impressed. It read like a fantasy of the crusades. I particularly liked the heathen sorcery and Dark Men (assassins) aspects of this short story. I found it to be a twist that the Dark Men fought for the Crusaders and not the Saracens.
The story has a lot of fighting and a bit of betrayal. The action was fun to read, and I liked how it ended.
This book was free when I downloaded it from Smashwords. My only annoyance is that I felt I would have to download another book to read the continuation of this story.
Overall, if you like fantasy or the crusades then give this an immediate read!
(review of free book)