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The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch Series #1)

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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In 1836 the Seraskier Commander of the New Guard asks eunuch Inspector Yashim Togalu to unobtrusively investigate the unexplained disappearance of four soldiers just prior to the Sultan¿s edict to modernize the Ottoman Empire. The Seraskier insists that Yashim must sol...
In 1836 the Seraskier Commander of the New Guard asks eunuch Inspector Yashim Togalu to unobtrusively investigate the unexplained disappearance of four soldiers just prior to the Sultan¿s edict to modernize the Ottoman Empire. The Seraskier insists that Yashim must solve the case before the Sultan¿s modernization proclamation ten days away.------------- Yashim calmly begins his inquiries, but soon finds corpses and more questions. As he begins to connect the dots with the help of Polish ambassador Palieski and transvestite dancer Preen, Yashim concludes that the corrupt elite mystical Janissaries, eradicated a decade ago by the New Guard, plan a coup d¿etat. Once the Ottoman Empires beloved protectors, they had become terrorists until their elimination, but now they are ready to go further than they did prior to the 1826 devastation unless Yashim can prevent assassination and civil war.-------------- Though Yashim is not fully developed beyond a few hints and his sleuthing skills, readers will greatly appreciate this vivid nineteenth century Ottoman Empire mystery. The sense of locale is incredible as the audience will feel that Jason Goodwin transported us back to 1836 at a time when Europe is modernizing and the Sultan must do likewise or risk the decline of the empire. Historical mystery fans who enjoy exotic locations will want to read the delightfully descriptive THE JANISSARY TREE.------------------ Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

hated this book

I love mystery and international lit, so I thought great a book with both. Boring! My mind kept wandering in this book from start to finish. I made myself get through it hoping it might get better. My daughter couldn't get past the first chapter. I gave it to my dad ...
I love mystery and international lit, so I thought great a book with both. Boring! My mind kept wandering in this book from start to finish. I made myself get through it hoping it might get better. My daughter couldn't get past the first chapter. I gave it to my dad thinking it might be a man's book, but he didn't get far either. All of us are avid readers and this book just didn't make the cut for any of us.

posted by Anonymous on September 10, 2007

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