This Time: Richard III in the 21st Century--Book 1

This Time: Richard III in the 21st Century--Book 1

by Joan Szechtman

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BN ID: 2940000708422
Publisher: Joan Szechtman
Publication date: 09/13/2009
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Format: NOOK Book
File size: 599 KB

About the Author

After retiring from my career in computer science and data communications in 2004, I discovered the real Richard III. I found his story was so compelling I continue to investigate primary and secondary sources about this fifteenth century monarch. In addition, I'm a member of the American Branch of the Richard III Society and editor of this branch's publications. My novels about Richard III in the 21st century are: 'This Time,' 'Loyalty Binds Me,' and 'Strange Times.'

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This Time: Richard III in the 21st Century--Book 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DianeRappAuthor More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare got it wrong! When a wealthy history buff endeavors to unravel the truth about his favorite English king, he funds a time travel project. According to Shakespeare’s play, King Richard III was a hunchback who murdered his wife and two nephews, but he was wrong. The novel opens as Richard III fights his last battle, the one where he gets cut down in a bloody massacre, but time-travel scientists drag him into 2004. They leave a “look alike” body behind so that history remains in tact. Unfortunately the rich historian thinks he owns Richard. He plans to “question” Richard and send him back to die. While I was reading this fascinating book, I wondered who I’d like to snatch from history. There are so many remarkable people I’d enjoy meeting, but my favorite would be Benjamin Franklin—a pivotal character in our country’s forming. He franchised businesses, started the postal system and lending libraries, and served as ambassador for his fledgling country. It would be fun to meet him. King Richard III did not have much “fun” as his captors grilled him about his life. Since he was an intelligent soldier, he immediately tried to find a way to escape from his prison. Wouldn’t anyone? How can he survive in a strange new world? He must develop allies. The excellent narrative follows his journey from an archaic royal to a modern man. We appreciate his struggle to learn modern English and catch up on history, while we cheer his romantic adventures and quest to save his son. The author helps us understand King Richard III in a way that Shakespeare never imagined. I don’t know much about English history, but I learned a lot about the problems that faced royalty of that time period from this well-written novel. I peeked at the sequel, Loyalty Binds Me, and I’m anxious to find out how Dickon (his favorite nickname) manages to get into more trouble during the next phase of the story. Buy this book and discover how Shakespeare got it all wrong in his famous play. (I’m still wondering how we can snatch Benjamin Franklin.)
literarymuseVC 7 months ago
Just as Richard III is struck down at the infamous Battle of Bosworth, a time machine invented by scientists in the 20th Century transports Richard to Portland, Oregon in August of 2004. Hosgrove, the man who wants academic renown displays such an aggressive attitude to Richard that Richard is overwhelmed by the need to defend himself. Katarina, a scholarly linguist, is the compassionate one who manages to gently nurture Richard in this startling new environment. They want information from Richard, proof of the "two missing Princes" being alive and more, evidence Richard is unclear about no matter the time or place. In this new revised version, we have facts previously unknown but clarified with the discovery and reburial of Richard III’s remains in Leicester, England. Richard’s DNA led to truths about his physical condition and other revelations. Richard must adapt to a frighteningly different culture; but Richard is certainly meeting each challenge with aplomb, including how to use modern technology of computers and other daily conveniences we so take for granted. Being a man of integrity and passion, Richard wants to return to England of yore to save Anne his wife and his son Edward. One character will quit the project and must be cajoled back if Richard’s dream has the remotest dream of becoming reality. The emotional tenseness is one readers will feel as well due to the author’s superb characterization. Richard disappears until it is safe to return to work together with a team that is going to try to restore the life of a family member in Richard's original world. Hosgrove will turn toward Richard in a way that challenges credibility. At the same time, the reader is thrilled to see a romance develop in Richard’s life, one that is full of formidable challenges but more endearing for the way it evolves. The end of this story is a grand surprise. All in all, this is a most satisfying historical novel that demands a follow-up because readers will want to know how this story of royalty in the 21st Century evolves. Please! Quite a different take, a redeeming look at King Richard III, "Dick," or "Dickon," a man and leader who continues to intrigue old and new readers! Nicely done, indeed, Joan Szechtman! The audio edition is due to be released September 3, 2018: see: http://joanszechtman.com/blog/this-time-audio-edition
Guest More than 1 year ago
"This Time" is a strange blend of history and science fiction. I don¿t often read historical fiction and what little I do is typically from periods much more contemporary than the Middle Ages. Yet, I found Richard III¿s story interesting. Using time travel (the science fiction portion) as a device to transport a historical figure into contemporary times gives the reader a different prism through which to view our current times. Richard¿s struggle to understand and adapt to contemporary times is a great story idea and illustrates how much the world has changed. It also makes me glad I wasn¿t born in the Middle Ages. One of the story threads regards Richard¿s place in history. Many believe the historical record is incorrect, with much of the historical record being inaccurate or not supported by the evidence. Much of the blame for this is attributed to Shakespeare¿s play. "This Time" integrates some of those items that are often questioned into the storyline with Richard attempting to set the record straight. "This Time" was not only entertaining as a story, but I felt as though I learned something in the process, not only about Richard and the times in which he lived, but also about the believability of history in general. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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