Not Without Mercy The Black Death [NOOK Book]

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The Black Death—the first volume in the series Not Without Mercy—reveals the story based on historical events, of William Beorn, a successful merchant and ship builder in Bristol England in 1348 who finds himself at the dawn of the world’s most perilous outbreak, the Black Plague. William struggles to save his wife Jillian, their adopted son Michael and the rest of his family and friends from the inevitable devastation of Bristol and the probability of becoming one of the casualties of the plague which took the ...
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Overview

The Black Death—the first volume in the series Not Without Mercy—reveals the story based on historical events, of William Beorn, a successful merchant and ship builder in Bristol England in 1348 who finds himself at the dawn of the world’s most perilous outbreak, the Black Plague. William struggles to save his wife Jillian, their adopted son Michael and the rest of his family and friends from the inevitable devastation of Bristol and the probability of becoming one of the casualties of the plague which took the lives of twenty five million people, over one third of Europe’s population. William and Jillian had been married for ten years but Jillian had not been able to conceive a child. Jillian was a kind and loving person who was admired and respected by the staff on the estate and friends and associates in the community. William was the love of her life--and she was his. Both were faithful believers of God, educated by Monks in their youth. Their greatest desire was to bring a child into the world. William worked hard promoting his ship building business in Bristol and his reputation as a fair and honest business man who built one of the highest quality products had grown throughout most of Europe. One afternoon after finishing some business in the city he overheard the Sheriff telling a twelve year old street orphan by the name of Michael who had been caught swindling money in a shell game that he would be sending him to an orphanage in London. William intervened and offered to take the boy home with him. William took Michael home and introduced him to Jillian. Over time they grew close to the boy and eventually adopted him. Michael was strong and intelligent and a quick learner who was soon accepted by all as a part of the family. As the years went by Michael’s confidence in his abilities and his place in the family grew. Everything changed four years later with the announcement of Jillian that God had placed a child in her womb; a son—a first born son. Michael’s insecurities began to multiply when Lucas came in to the world, followed by a little sister, Sarah, two years later. Although William and Jillian continued to love Michael and had always considered him their oldest son, his insecurities grew and played an increasing role in his life and the lives’ of others. Through a series of ill-fated events including the death of a good friend, Michael began to doubt his faith in God and his place in the family. But his greatest challenge, the greatest test of love, loyalty and faith in God came to him, William and Jillian the day a ship with plague infested sailors sailed into the Bristol harbor. As the plague began to take the lives of many of the unsuspecting residents of Bristol William decided it was time to send his family to the safety of Jillian’s mother’s estate in the countryside of Cardiff wales. This fateful decision would change all of their lives forever. The Black Plague caused a moral malaise throughout the land that grew greed, selfishness, insecurity, fear, brutality and wickedness. It caused the fearful to become faithless and the faithful to become fearless. Each struggled with the adversity and uncertainty differently, for some it was the end, but for others like William it was the beginning as they discovered that God had left them Not Without Mercy.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014193061
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/2/2012
  • Series: Not Without Mercy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 754,777
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

About the Author

Phillip C. Wright is a resident of Bountiful, Utah. He is married, with seven children and three granddaughters. Phillip, known by most as Phill, has spent the majority of his professional career in financial services. He is educated in public relations and finance. Phill has worked professionally as a writer, director and producer of documentaries, TV and Radio commercials and infomercials where he won Telly Awards for video productions and Silver Microphone awards for radio commercials. He spent ten years as the president of a community theatre. He has written and directed numerous plays including a full length musical re-creation with Brett Raymond called "First Light" with an original cast over 200 people. He says that his greatest accomplishment is his 30 year marriage to his sweetheart Shaun.

Future Books by Phillip C. Wright:
• Not Without Mercy-The Passage Home, book two of the series.
• Henry. A children’s series
• Mind Movers, a medical suspense novel
• Why Me?, a self-help book
• Arm of the Flesh, A book about Faith in man or Faith in God
• Buddy & Marie–A Novel, A love story.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    This book is a MUST READ!!!

    I am always a bit skeptical buying a book from an author I've never heard of but the title and synopsis of this book caught my attention. Of course, the cover is absolutely beautiful and it definitely caught my eye. I love historical fiction but I don't like books that get so caught up in description that you forget about the story. Not this book! I don't know who Phillip C. Wright is but I do know that he is a very talented writer. He writes in a way that pulls you into the story. You feel like you know the characters, the places, and you feel like you are right there in the middle of the story experiencing what the characters are experiencing. When I first started reading this book at about 2 in the afternoon I did not put it down until 8:30 PM to eat a quick bite. I then continued reading until 2 in the AM. The story is so powerful, so lovely and so well written that I experienced many different emotions and that was only up to chapter five! By the time I finished chapter 26 I was so exhausted from the entire experience that I spent the next few days just thinking about the story. I finished the book in about six days because work and other stuff got in the way. This is one of my favorite books now! I have told many friends. I don't know what the author hoped people would feel with this book but it did strengthen my faith in God and the power of love and faith. I cannot recommend this book enough. I can hardly wait for book two! There is too much left in this story! Thank you Mr. Wright! Tomorrow I am going to start reading it again. I know that may sound crazy but I feel compelled to read it again. This book is a MUST READ!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    I just bought this book and couldn't put it down. I read the sy

    I just bought this book and couldn't put it down. I read the synopsis and decided to give it a try. I love historical fiction and this book gave me a lot of what I love. What a wonderful surprise. Phillip C Wright is a master story-teller. He made life in the 14th century come alive, along with very believable characters. One of the best books I've read in years. This book is filled with all kinds of twists and turns. I feel like Ive known the characters for years. I can hardly wait for book two! I highly recommend this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    GRIPPING, COMPELLING AND HEART WRENCHING I just finished readin

    GRIPPING, COMPELLING AND HEART WRENCHING

    I just finished reading your book this morning. It was a good fast read with lots of twists and unexpected turns and very informative. The story was gripping and compelling and heart wrenching all at the same time. I must say it was very depressing at times towards the end. I could relate with Michael’s feelings of despair and anger, but then I must admit, I have yet to experience so much loss all at once in my lifetime as he did. There is much yet to discover as the rest of the story unfolds. I can’t wait to read Vol II. Perhaps a made for TV mini-series is in your future. It is apparent you have done extensive research and data mining to assemble the period history, facts and particulars for this story. I ride the train/bus most days to work so I have been privileged to read dozens of books over the past few years. Yours was a standout I really enjoyed! Thanks for your time and efforts in providing this story to, I’m sure, many eagerly awaiting readers.

    Doug H. (North Ogden, Utah)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    What a surprising gem! I love historical fiction but I don't al

    What a surprising gem! I love historical fiction but I don't always
    find books that leave me wanting more, but not this book. From the very
    beginning the author pulls you right into the story and keeps you there.
    It was very hard to put it down and every time I picked it up again I
    entered the intriguing story that melded me to the characters, the plot
    and the beautifully written epic of faith, family and God. A well
    thought out and crafted masterpiece!! Phillip C. Wright will be a name
    to remember. I want more!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Bought it! Read it! Loved it!

    I love historical fiction, a good plot, believable characters, suspense, action, a little bit of love and a great story. This book has it all! Being a guy, I was hoping it wasn't a chick book. The good news is that both chicks and guys will enjoy this book. It is hefty in length, but well worth the read. I too am excited for book two! I believe Mr. Wright is a new author, but he writes like a pro.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    A Master Story Teller! A Wonderful Story!! Mr. Wright is a mast

    A Master Story Teller! A Wonderful Story!!

    Mr. Wright is a master story teller! I enjoy historical fiction, but some books spend so much time setting the stage, stating the facts, and describing every nuance, that I get lost and bored with the story before it ever starts. Not so with this book. From the very beginning, you discover that this author knows how to tell a believable and captivating story.

    His writing is like a master chef who knows when to toss in just the right ingredients. The dialog is believable and every character is so well created that it is easy to forget that you are reading fiction. He added a character list at the end of the book that notes over 100 characters in the story, to make sure the reader knew who was who--a brilliant idea. I also appreciate the extensive chapter notes, which make it clear that the author did his homework and truly knows his history of medieval Europe and the Black Plague.

    The story is fascinating, extremely engaging and the main characters are very enduring. This novel is a wonderful journey from beginning to the unexpected and climatic ending, which by the way, sets it up for a great sequel that I am very much looking forward to reading. Very well done Mr. Wright!

    Kenneth Johansen, MD, USA

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

    This book is so poorly written!  Spelling, grammatical, editing,

    This book is so poorly written!  Spelling, grammatical, editing, and formatting errors galore!  I wanted to fall in love with the characters and story, but couldn't get past the difficult read...and NOT because it was written above my reading level.

    What a waste of money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Historical Fiction can be exciting and enjoyable when it is done

    Historical Fiction can be exciting and enjoyable when it is done right. Mr. Wright is a brilliant writer! He knows how to tell a story that captivates the reader. This is a beefy book coming in over 535 pages, but it was hard to put down. I appreciated the fact that his writing style does not lose the reader in needless detail, or big fluffy words that tend to be filler. Instead, his narration is read like a master storyteller. I would read for an hour or two and be completely lost in the story. This has become one of my favorite books. I do look forward to reading the next book in his series. Kudos to a great new author!! Andrew Lawson-- Manchester, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Fail

    I do not typically read fiction. I was hoping for a good account of the the Great Mortality. This book seemed to be written for children. When I got to the point (about 3 chapters in) when a "businessman" blows smoke from a "cigar" into the face of his fellow passenger, I had to say "Really? Cigars... in the 14th century?" That was when I stopped reading.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 30, 2012

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    Posted November 21, 2012

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