The Physician's Tale

The Physician's Tale

by Ann Benson
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The Physician's Tale by Ann Benson

Sweeping us from plague-ravaged Europe to the terrifying near future, acclaimed author Ann Benson brings two eras brilliantly to life. The Physician’s Tale is a spellbinding saga of two healers separated by six centuries, both facing terror and trials, bound together by history, science, and destiny.

In the near future, in the hills of the American Northeast, a group of men, women, and children band together for survival against nature and human enemies, huddling in the only corner of the world they know. Among these people is Janie Crowe, a physician whose son is her greatest hope and deepest secret. Etched into Janie’s memory is the ancient journal of a Jewish man of medicine–a man who fought for survival in his own age of plague.

In Europe, in the age of the Black Death, Alejandro Canches must hide his identity–and break his oath as a physician for the sake of his and his loved ones’ lives. As France and England are locked in war, and disease lays waste to both, Alejandro’s daughter Kate is caught in the clutches of King Edward of England. Betrayed by a patient, hunted by the king, Alejandro makes a desperate journey to Windsor itself, where a clever scribe named Geoffrey Chaucer has hatched a fantastic plan for Kate’s escape....

As the story of Alejandro and his family builds to a gripping climax, and as Janie’s life is racked by trials and the dawning of a new age, The Physician’s Tale brings together a rich cast of friends and lovers, traitors and healers. Unraveling mysteries of science, history, and the human heart, Ann Benson has created a stunning chronicle of courage in the face of darkness–in a work of vibrant storytelling and unrelenting suspense.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440336457
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 409,096
File size: 689 KB

About the Author

Ann Benson lives in Connecticut with her husband and is the mother of two grown daughters. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels The Plague Tales, The Burning Road, and Thief of Souls.

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Physician's Tale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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