MYK: Prince of the Vends:

MYK: Prince of the Vends:

by Donald Zlotnik

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Overview

Europe and Asia during the 2nd century after Christ was dominated by two powerful cultures; the Romans around the Mediterranean Sea and the Chinese to the Far East. The Mongols on the open steppe of Mongolia were developing their skills using their powerful composite horn bows while on horseback. Their invention of the stirrups and the gait of their tiny ponies gave them a stable shooting platform while at a full gallop.
MYK is the son of Lech and Slava, enlightened leaders, from the old Celtic tribes. Viking raiders force Lech to move his village and people deep into the interior of what is now Poland along the Vistula River where they build a new village along a tributary on land they bought from a local chieftain.
Roman explorers cross the Rhine River and encounter a Mongol group of explorers moving from the east. A violent battle takes place and only a few from each group survive and are taken in by the Vends.
The huge influx of modern technology rapidly turns the small Vend village into a power center. The Roman leader shows the Vends engineering techniques and how to make defensive weapons. The Mongol leader introduces the powerful Mongol bow to the Vends and allows for them to become a powerful offensive force.
Exciting male and female characters fill the pages along with well-researched; data, weapons, clothing and customs. Realistic action turns the pages for the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781520123219
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.62(d)

About the Author

Major Donald E. Zlotnik is a retired Army officer who served with the elite Special Forces during the Vietnam War. He is the author of 10 published paperback novels and 12 e-Books. Zlotnik is world-traveled having lived 11 years overseas in; Italy, Germany and Vietnam.
Zlotnik holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master of Science Degree in Education from the University of Southern California.
Ancient civilizations and historical truth are Zlotnik’s passions; both are elusive.

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PrintersDevil More than 1 year ago
printersdevil An exciting, action adventure, filled with great drama and gritty realism! The story starts out in a 2nd century, walled village located in the upper waters of the Vistula river, in what is now south Poland, near modern Kraków. The river wanders east and then west again and eventually empties into the Baltic Sea, almost exactly north of its headwaters. (I looked it up out of curiosity). Myk, a teenager who is not quite considered a “man” by the standards of the tribe (a sub-group of the once great Celtic nation), is the son of the village chief — an elected position which he’s held for many years because of his skill as a leader who makes good decisions. Summer is coming to an end and the prosperous Vends are facing a possible incursion by hungry tribes from the east where a famine may be brewing. The book is written in 5 major sections, plus an epilog. The first section introduces the Vend tribe and their not-so-friendly neighbors. The second section introduces the Romans, who are now involved in Germany and exploring out from there. Section three introduces a party of Mongol explorers, working for the Great Khan, who are mapping the country to the west of the vast Mongol empire, with an eye for eventual conquest. The last 2 sections further develop the story as the three cultures collide in Vend territory. I can’t tell you much more without spoiling the fun. This is a huge book! 259,000 words (970 pages equivalent to a paperback), according to the ad on Amazon. But it reads fast. It’s one of those “I can’t put it down” stories that keeps you riveted to your chair, long after you should be doing something else. But, since I’m not a speed reader, I had to put it down if I wanted any sleep at night. Still, it didn’t take me many evenings to finish it, still wanting more (and sleepy when the alarm went off in the morning). Most of the plot lines are neatly wrapped up by the end of the book (I’d have been horribly disappointed if they weren’t), but a couple were left open, probably with an eye for one or two sequels. However, I don’t feel cheated since the open threads don’t leave me with that “what the heck happened here?” feeling. It’s more like the feeling you get at the end of a classic western where the hero rides off on his horse, rather than settling down with the girl; another story is possible, but you won’t die if that’s all there is to the yarn. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure stories with a lot of action and drama. Even if you’re not hooked on “historical adventures”.
AlKalar More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read this year! We are introduced to each of the three major characters, each in a section of its own. First the Vends themselves with Myk, the youngest son of the village chief. Then the Romans, focusing on Valen, a leader of a turmae of thirty-two mounted men (horse soldiers). And finally Rud Khan, a Mongol explorer with a small force of warriors. The characters come alive with a vibrancy that made me feel I've known them for months. The morals and practices of each group conforms to the history of the 2nd century in which the story is presented. It's obviously been well-researched. When I thought it couldn't get any better, the three groups come together in a conflict that .... Well, I don't want to spoil it for you, let's just say that the story got even better at this point and continued to glue me to my chair. If you like historical action adventures, then this is the one book you don't want to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoa! What an epic read. In author D.E. Zlotnik's new novel, Myk: Prince of the Vends, readers will find themselves absolutely immersed in the world of second century Europe (in roughly the area that we would now find Poland.) We are introduced to Myk, the son of the village chief. He's not yet considered a man by Vend standards, but in many ways is eager to prove himself. Valen is a Roman and the leader of a troop of soldiers who ride horses, and Rud Khan is a explorer of Mongol descent, leading a small group of warriors. All three will encounter each other, for better or for worse, in a conflict that could end any or all of them. I loved this book. Loved. It. I will admit that the size of it originally intimidated me, as it might some readers, but don't let it! Myk: Prince of the Vends is a masterful piece of historical fiction that is full of action, adventure and excitement. The storyline will leave you wondering what will happen next when you are inevitably pulled away from the book, and you will feel called back to it as soon as you have a free moment, simply because you will be dying to find out what happens next. It's clear that author D.E. Zlotnik has done his homework in writing this novel, and his work shines through in all of the wonderful details he imparts when he describes scenes and scenarios. Any reader who loves historical fiction, action, adventure, thrills or simply a great read should definitely pick up MYK: Prince of the Vends. This is the first book that I've read by D.E. Zlotnik, but it certainly will not be the last. I, for one, hope that he is hard at work on his next book in this genre. When it's available, I will certainly be in line to get it!