The Camelot Papers

The Camelot Papers

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by Peter David

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A powerful ruler who's considered by many to be simple-minded and vacuous and has serious father issues. A no-nonsense, polarizing woman who favors pants suits and pursues dubious agendas involving social needs. A remarkably magnetic leader of men with a reputation as a skirt-chaser. A scheming, manipulative adviser who is constantly trying to control public


A powerful ruler who's considered by many to be simple-minded and vacuous and has serious father issues. A no-nonsense, polarizing woman who favors pants suits and pursues dubious agendas involving social needs. A remarkably magnetic leader of men with a reputation as a skirt-chaser. A scheming, manipulative adviser who is constantly trying to control public perceptions. A man seen as the next, great hope for the people, except there are disputes over his background and many contend he's not what he appears to be.

George W? Hillary and Bill? Karl Rove? Obama?

Try Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, and Galahad.

Whatever you think of the state of today's politics, The Camelot Papers shows you just how little matters have changed in the past thousand years or so. The Camelot Papers presents a fresh perspective on Arthurian legend by using modern day sensibility and combining it with a classic tale to bring a new insight into iconic characters.

The story is told from a unique perspective: that of Viviana (a.k.a. the seductress Vivian in other tales), here revealed to be a bright, knowledgeable young woman who was sold into slavery and winds up behind the scenes in Castle Camelot. Just like many incendiary political tell-alls of modern day, no one is better positioned to comment on the foibles of those on high than someone who is far below.

Learn here, for the first time, the down-and-dirty royal secrets that plagued Camelot as told by someone who was actually there, and adapted by acclaimed New York Times bestseller Peter David. Full of sensationalism, startling secrets and astounding revelations, The Camelot Papers is to the realm of Arthur what the Pentagon Papers is to the military: something that all those concerned would rather you didn't see. See it now.

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Meet the Author

Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.
In the literary field, Peter has had over seventy novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. His novels include Tigerheart, Darkness of the Light, Sir Apropos of Nothing and the sequel The Woad to Wuin, Knight Life, Howling Mad, and the Psi-Man adventure series. He is the co-creator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books, and has also written such Trek novels as Q-Squared, The Siege, Q-in-Law, Vendetta, I, Q (with John deLancie), A Rock and a Hard Place and Imzadi. He produced the three Babylon 5 Centauri Prime novels, and has also had his short fiction published in such collections as Shock Rock, Shock Rock II, and Otherwere, as well as Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, The Dark Tower, and many others. He has also written comic book related novels, such as The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast, and co-edited The Ultimate Hulk short story collection.
Peter is also the writer for two popular video games: Shadow Complex and Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
Peter is the co-creator, with popular science fiction icon Bill Mumy, of the Cable Ace Award-nominated science fiction series Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon. He has written several scripts for the Hugo Award winning TV series Babylon 5, and the sequel series, Crusade. He has also written several films for Full Moon Entertainment and co-produced two of them, including two installments in the popular Trancers series, as well as the science fiction western spoof Oblivion, which won the Gold Award at the 1994 Houston International Film Festival for best Theatrical Feature Film, Fantasy/Horror category. He lives in New York with his wife, Kathleen, and his four children, Shana, Gwen, Ariel, and Caroline.

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The Camelot Papers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
b-flats More than 1 year ago
Having read Peter David's previous variations on the Arthurian cycle, I found myself drawn to this book. Having the cover look like the cover of a tabloid magazine certainly helped my decision to purchase it. On the surface, you have Vivianna, a slave, writing about the goings on in Camelot, and all the behind the scenes goings on. And on that level, this is an amusing story. It's also a satire of how modern popular and political opinion is manufactured, spun, folded, and presented neatly for public consumption. One could make the case that David's Arthur is a certain former President, and Merlin his media strategist, and would probably be correct. In today's world, there are many Arthurs that are guided by Merlins who shape how their boss is presented to the world. All in all, I really liked the book. Once again, Peter David has written very strong female characters, which I think is his greatest strength as a writer. There are some interesting twists and reworkings of parts of the Arthurian mythos. I don't think these take anything away from the story. The ending did not go where I expected. Normally, when an author pulls a plot rabbit out of their hat, it's to the story's detriment. Not so here. It actually strengthens the point that facts can be manipulated; winners write the histories, and truths get buried because they aren't convenient. Read the book, you'll like it.
Dan_Blair More than 1 year ago
I have read everything that Peter David has written and published that I can get my hands on, be it short stories, comics, or novels and never been disappointed or had a complaint....until now. Camelot Papers stole a night's sleep for me because I just could not put it down. I kept telling myself at the end of this day (chapters are kept as "days") and weathered many a steely look from my wife for not putting it aside and getting some shuteye. I am sure when she reads it herself she will understand how hard it is to set aside. Camelot Papers is a wonderful example of how much and how little history can tell us as well as demonstrating in a very humorous fashion how powerfully perception can affect reality in the little things as well as the large. Special extra treat is the preview for the next book to be released by Peter David and his merry band of bards in Crazy 8 Publishing which seems to be like one of those mega bands made up of talented musicians that come together for a major jam session but in a literary sense and I look forward to all the fun reading that they will be bringing to me and you in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found myself quite bored half-way in. Given the cover art, I thought I would enjoy this one. It started strong. I liked the pseudo-essay about the historical documents. But I think the style is what caused my boredom. Because they were written as journal entries, the scenes fell flat. I felt much of the plot was contrived, the characters not all that fleshed out. Because of the journal entry, the author missed a lot of opportunity for tension and humor. Too much telling. Interesting twist to many of the famous characters, but Lancelot fainting at the sight of blood- though funny- wasn't enough for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Peter David's writing! This book was so difficult to put down. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the Camelot Papers.A great read very enjoyable. This is a very entertaining and different take on the Arthur legends. A lot of fun to read some very funny surprises and quirks along the way. Everything you thought you knew about Arthurian legend and then it turns it around. I have read tons of King Arthur stories and different takes on the legends this one is well worth the read. Peter David is always a top notch story teller and this book does not disappoint.
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pagemage More than 1 year ago
Not really a Camelot fan, but this was quite good. A whole new perspective beyond the noble, Romantic, shining knight story. Humorous.
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VMyers More than 1 year ago
This book was so well written I couldn't put it down. I hope this author writes more like this. Best money I've spent on an e-book. Thank you!