Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review - THE STARS BLEED AT MIDNIGHT, by Roland Yeomans

Don't look too close or you might see that which hides in the darkness. . .or an evil that's been slumbering for milleniums. . .




Egyptian lore lures with its unknowns, its mysteries and the characters and stories that Roland Yeomans places in the setting of bygone times. Samuel McCord, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain/Samuel Clements, Meilori/Sekhmet, Bastet, a young Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde and other names come and go in this riveting tale which begins in the United States, jumps to India and then to Egypt. Gathering at the exotic Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo, the friends prepare to unearth an ancient curse, while dodging or dispatching those who would stop them.

This is a story of intrigue, betrayal, love, friendship, and adventure. It is a magnificent waltz of power and control which fluctuates as various enemies make their attempts to foil the expedition. By the way, don't miss the lavish ball, it's the event of the season in this tale.

Samuel McCord remains the beacon to which the others gather, He protects. Tesla provides the means of transport, and Meilori orchestrates the restraint and/or demise of several enemies who would harm them.

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The Stars Bleed at Midnight follows Death in the House of Life, the first book about the Egyptian expedition, the story that introduced the characters and one which I enjoyed very much. What inspired the massive monuments in Egypt? Were they of this world or another? Who is Bastet? And how did Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill end up being in this place and time? These are all questions that will be answered, at least some of them. . .

I recommend taking your time reading this one, savouring the exotic location and the interactions between characters. Consider this quote by the character Daystar:

"There are none more complicit in one's undoing than one's own heart. . ." 

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The adventure and the intrigue continues in the next novel about this expedition: Red Land and Black Death. I'm looking forward to it. . .Be sure to check Roland Yeomans' blog site to see the other offerings by this prolific author.

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Have you read any of Roland's novels? How about Death in the House of Life? Have you read that one? I've reviewed that novel here.

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll reply. Thanks for dropping by! I'll be back with another review soon, on a Diana Gabaldon novel. Stay tuned.

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36 comments:

  1. Hi DG ... I'm going to be taking time off to read this summer and do other things .. and I've just ordered this - looks very good and an interesting juxtaposition of characters ... which I suspect Roland is very good at.

    I have his other books to read too ... and your recommendation of The Parisians ... and I bought a Gabaldon book the other day ... and I picked one up in the pub today on Namibia ...

    I will be doing some serious reading this summer!!

    Do hope all is well ... and things will click into place for you ... Roland's books will be a great read ... and I'm looking forward to wandering into his literary world ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. You do have some serious reading ahead, Hilary, but I think you'll enjoy the Egyptian stories like I did. So much history entertwined and much of it UK history during their Empire days. Let me know how you like those recommendations!

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    2. Hiya - thanks for the comment and the update ... glad things look like they're panning out for you ... with thoughts and lots of luck .. Hilary

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  2. Thanks, D.G. I saw this just before I raced out of my apartment to join the blood wars ( my job as rare blood courier). I am so happy you enjoyed this exotic tale (I wrote it basically for you and Inger Wiltz since you enjoyed the first tale so.) :-)

    Robert Rossmann has been delayed by a broken leg from recording it as an audio book, but his performance in DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE is stellar. Thanks again for the great review!

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    1. Too bad about Rossmann, he has a great narrator's voice. It was my pleasure to read and review this book. I do like Egyptian tales and Egyptian goddess legends. . .

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  3. Sounds very intriguing! I've not read any of Roland's novels before.

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    1. I hope you chance this one, Jo Jo. Beautiful paintings and photos of Cairo and ancient Egyptian monuments and ruins, if nothing else!

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    2. I second what Roland said, JoJo. You like historical places, too, I suspect, since you photograph many of the east coast places steeped in history.

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  4. I've not read this one yet, but I've greatly enjoyed the ones I've read by Roland.

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    1. I feel the same about the ones I've read, Alex, which are numerous. But the Egyptian tales interest me the most due to the history of the setting.

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    2. I think you would like it, Alex. This one actually has poor Samuel doing a space walk for a few moments without a suit -- the science of him surviving it is rooted in hard fact by the way!

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    3. Thanks, D.G. I appreciate each and every one of my tales you read. Samuel tips his Stetson your way, too. :-)

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  5. Roland Yeomans looks like an interesting author. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. He is, Bob, you should check out his site to see the variety he offers, and most are intertwined with legends, mythology and history.

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    2. Las Cruces, New Mexico s a beautiful place to live. I hate that you feel compelled to leave it for Tampa, but closer to family is a good thing. I was going to send you a couple of my Kindle books, but with moving, reading is WAY DOWN the list for you!! :-)

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  6. An excellent review of a book which has been in my unread tower for too long. Thank you - and Roland.

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    1. I suggest you advance it in the TBR lineup, it's worth it, IMO. Thanks for visiting, EC!

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    2. I think you would enjoy it, Elephant's Child. Thanks, D.G. for thinking the same. :-)

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    3. D.G. I hear you are moving soon. :-( I hate moving. I wish you the very easiest time with it! Thanks for taking time out of a maddening season to write this review. Samuel tips his Stetson to you. Elu would help you move, but he simply refuses to life furniture! :-)

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  7. This sounds like an amazing story. I do have one of Roland's books download (along with so many other books). Since right now I have to read them on my computer it's very difficult. Maybe one day if I ever get an e-reader I can start reading all of the books I've downloaded and then start downloading more.

    Tesla would be a very cool character to have in the story.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I read a lot of ebooks on the free downloaded Kindle on my PC. Roland has it at the top of his blog page. It's easier than reading PDFs to me. Tesla is cool. I saw a documentary the other day about Tesla and Edison. It makes you like Tesla better. He was a man of the future in his own time.

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  8. Hello D.G. Your review is quite as eloquent as Roland's lyrical language. Yes, I've read several of Roland's books right from the start and reviewed several, but Amazon chose to lose many. Doing a space walk without a suit is one of my fears - er, with a suit would be scary enough.

    May your move go well, D.G. A hideous job. I hope you have help.

    Denise :-)

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    1. Merci, Denise! I think reading one of Roland's books brings out the lyrical words. I really enjoyed his Egyptian tales, as I'm fond of Egypt like I am of Paris. I can't find all my reviews on Amazon either, I wondered what happened. They must have wiped out a few. I'll do a bit more searching but that stinks. . .I'm still considering your offer about the couch.

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    2. I really, really hate moving ... I REALLY DO! :-) I thought a cowboy in space would make for a unique image! Samuel is not too happy with me!

      D.G. Cairo in 1895 was called Paris By The Nile, and I included why in my fantasy just for you. :-)

      I hate that Amazon keeps wiping out my reviews ... it's not like I am John Locke and buy my reviews!! :-(

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  9. Roland has been making his rounds. It's nice to see him featured on other blogs. He will be on my this Friday. :)

    Lovely review!

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    1. I'll drop by on Friday then, to see if he tells any other secrets about how he writes so much. Good luck with your Witches and the latest!

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    2. Wasn't D.G's review great? I try not to make a pest of myself on others' blogs. D.G. -- I hope you enjoy post on Chrys' blog. I try to make each one different. :-)

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  10. I find myself holding onto and appreciating Daystar's quote. That's the wonderful thing about Roland's writing - every line is a treat. Congratulations, Roland! Thanks for the great review, DG.

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    1. I liked that quote, too, Robyn. We make many of our choices with our hearts, not our minds. It's what makes us human.

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    2. Thanks, Robyn. And to think DayStar is the Hannibal Lector of my series of books. The fun element to that is to make him 3 dimensional and fascinating as a character who sees himself as the hero of the events!

      Your words made my morning! And wasn't D.G. wonderful for doing this review?

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  11. Congrats Roland! Looks incredible, as always.

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    1. This one is a winner, Jay. Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. Sounds like another good one. Roland is the master!

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    1. The master of New Orleans. and now Egypt. Thanks for dropping by, Milo!

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  13. This one is my favorite so far and I too am looking forward to the third booki. Your review is magnificent. I hope things are going well in your life and will write you soon. My email is not working right now, nor is my printer connection, something's going on, but I can blog. Go figure.

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    1. Thanks Inger, it cheers me to see you here! Good luck with getting your tech problems fixed. That's never any fun...I look forward to hearing from you.

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