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The Snake Stone (Yashim the Eunuch Series #2)

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin

    The story was a sequel to "The Janissary Tree" written by Jason Goodwin. "The Snake Stone" had the same local characters as the first book. Also, there were recurring themes where various cultures, and people from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East were brought together in the melting pot of Istanbul.

    For readers that wish to engage in the melding of the various cultures within the Turkish Empire during past ages, the book offers fun reading. The series is geared toward the niche of people that have a historian's eye for exploring history. Therefore, I would not recommend the book to people that don't have any desire or interest in themes written during historical periods, or bygone ages.

    The book compares Christianity, both Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic, as well as the Moslem faith of the Turkish Sultans. Also, there is a comparison between French, Polish, Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Italian, Roman, Russian and Byzantine cultures during the time period. The reader could fathom how the advances in culure, after the Napoleonic and Greek Revolutions, influenced the world, including Turkey.

    The plot revolves around a society of Greek Revolutionaries searching for a lost Byzantine/Roman artifact in the aqueducts of Turkey. There are references to Lord Byron, and archeological sites of later cities built upon older cities. Yashim, the Sultan's chief investigator, must get to the bottom of the mystery. There are chase scenes in the ancient aqueducts, and catacombs of ancient Constantinople, or later referred to as Istanbul.

    Yashim can be shown to be a Sherlock Holmes type of character. For many readers, the background to this story offers a unique and original character. So, Jason Goodwin, much to his credit, in writing these detective mystery stories, doesn't utilize a writer's poetic license to reinvent plots or characters from previously written material.

    Also, I've read stories regarding the Knight's Templar, and other religious knightly orders. So, to read about the fall of the Janissary's in the first book by a changing Turkish aristocracy, and a murder plot revolving around that time period with Russian influence was original. Again, people interesting in history, and historic fictional genres would be interesting in this type of book.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    A Different Kind of Detective

    This is a good discovery among the many detective stories out there. It is unusual as its protaganist is a eunuch based in the 19th Century and working in an exotic locale, Istanbul. The author is very familiar with this locale and adds color on every page with geographical, historical, cultural or gastronomical references. The weaving of plot was interesting and engaging and the investigator, Yashim, is a captivating character, physical when necessary and emotional at other times. Just the kind of person to walk Topkapi palace and advise Sultans while remaining safe among the beautiful, sexy women of the harum. Check out the character of the Valide. This book is sure to send you to your dictionary and French primer.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Good reading.

    Yashim is suspected; but of course he is the good guy and again is triumphant. Love the way history is incorporated and presented.

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    Posted January 14, 2010

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