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The Physician's Tale

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Superb storytelling

    With the pandemic destruction over the last eight years of the DR SAM bacteria, few safe havens remain on the North American continent. One such place is a small sanctuary in Massachusetts founded by married couple Janie Crowe and Tom Macalester. They are still safe for now but both realize that the deadly disease is still spreading and could reach them at any time.------------------------ Janie studies the seemingly valuable journal of fourteenth century physician, Alejandro Canches, who explains how as the medical practitioner at Windsor Castle, he battled the bubonic plague ravaging Europe and threatening to do likewise to England. She believes the elixir to stopping this modern day plague lies in the journal that claims communication between then and now. At the same time, Tom and others collect specimens and survivor information from those living outside their Massachusetts colony while these aliens demand medical help especially from Janie. ------------------------- Meanwhile back in medieval times Alejandro and the son of his foster daughter Kate live in hiding. However, King Edward III has decided to acknowledge that Kate is his offspring and will marry mean-spirited de Coucy. Only the king¿s secretary Geoffrey Chaucer can save Kate from a terrible fate but he fears intervention.---------------------- This is an excellent science fiction tale in which two medical practitioners six hundred plus years apart and their friends and loved ones are at war against a deadly enemy the plague. The two prime subplots are fast-paced as in each era the clock is ticking away while the heroes struggle to save the day. Fans will want to read the previous related novels (see THE BURNING ROAD and THE PLAGUE TALES) and Ann Benson¿s other works (see THIEF OF SOULS) as few if any authors offers better comparative eras (historical vs. present) than this author consistently provides in her multifaceted thrillers.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007


    This was the first time I had ever read anything by this author and all I can say is Wow! I remember reading The Canterbury Tales in college 'the old English version of course', but this novel showed Chaucer in a very different light. It was amazing how everything somehow tied in together 'the fact that Alex was Alejandro' and I loved it in the end, when Alex was already grown and married and he and Mom went back to England where it all began. It was a book of tremendous and heartfelt beauty and showed the love and friendship and triumph of the human spirit that we should all experience in our lives. I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Took a Shot

    I was tired of looking for a book and just picked this; I'm glad I did! I recommend for anyone who enjoys stories about early Egyptians.

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