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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    exciting speculative fiction

    Bassiamus "Basso: Severus was born to an aristocratic family in the Republic of Vesani. His father was First Citizen, but lost his position in the next election to an offspring of a sausage worker. He decided to buy up a bank's outstanding shares. When Basso grew up he married the woman his parents chose for him. When Basso comes home one day, he sees his wife and brother-in-law having sex; he kills both of them.

    His sister who Basso loved more than anyone else turned her back on him. However, he is the First Citizen of the Vesani Republic and owns the bank so still does his best for her. The only demand she made of him that he could not fulfill was to cut all ties with his son Bassano. The people love Basso and the House passes all the bills he presents to them. He knows the Republic must annex their neighbors to become an empire because he fears the Empire of the East, once it stops rebuilding, will look westward to places like Vesani. His first invasion is mineral rich Mavortis which has no central army, but a traitor insures his plan fails to execute properly.

    Based on Ancient Rome, The Folding Knife is a work of exciting speculative fiction. The fascinating story line focuses on idealistic Basso the Magnificent who is a brilliant pragmatic strategist. He knows his decisions will cost lives, but though he grieves what will occur, Basso feels this is only way to save his beloved Republic. What his idealism concealed from him is that it only takes one mistake to devastate even the greatest person. This is excellent because of the great storyline, well crafted characterizations and a look into a fascinating culture.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    If You Are Disappointed in the general lack of intellectual engagement combined with compelling storytelling, then You Will Be Delighted by K. J. Parker !

    Having Read the Engineer Trilogy by K. J. Parker, I searched for more... The Folding Knife, which predates that Trilogy is also addictive in a shorthand kind of way. (It is, after all, complete in one volume). As a verteran reader, I delight in the implementation of familiar themes and "Parkeresque" conventions. Unlike most writers, Parker's forays are as fresh and entertaining in repeated encounters - which, of course, have their singular adaptations to the current novel...
    I have just ordered the first volume in another of Parker's Trilogies. I look forward to it's arrival with marked anticipation - and gratitude for the fact that I have not run out of his books yet!

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