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    ‘The mouse will have pride of place...'

    ‘The mouse will have pride of place among all the creatures’ British-American actor/former journalist/religion correspondent/author Abdiel LeRoy’s life is largely inspired by the Bible, Shakespeare, and the great epic poem, 'Paradise Lost'. As a poet Abdiel embraces giant tasks – the lives of Elijah, Obama, Bush, and Trump in his VERSES VERSUS EMPIRE series, as well as fascinating historical novels and culinary guides. He also has worked as a broadcaster, financial analyst, and market commentator, while his passions also include Argentine Tango, Yoga, and competitive swimming. His voice both as a narrator for dramatic readings and on stage is being recognized as a brave new presence in the politics of the globe. Continuing a new series of novellas, in this book Abdiel keeps a promise made to Mohammad Wali, an Afghan restaurant owner, who shared a plot idea with Abdiel, assuring that his idea would be transformed to paper. As is his penchant for seducing the reader, Abdiel offers the following preface excerpt: ‘I left England in 1991 to live and work in New York City. I was ambivalent about the whole thing. Yes, I was pursuing a career opportunity in journalism, as well as a long cherished dream of embracing the US side of my dual citizenship. But I didn’t love the city’s reputation for violence nor the hostile reception it dished out to me in the beginning. Of course, things got better as I made friends, embraced New York’s cultural wealth and diversity, took up dancing and acting, and found places of sanctuary. Among those sanctuaries was the Ariana Afghan Restaurant on 9th Avenue in midtown…Over time I became friends with the proprietor< Wali…Wali told me he had a story from Afghanistan he wanted to share, not just with me but with the world, and he asked me to write it...’ What follows, is that story, told with Abdiel’s infectious prose – ‘In a far off kingdom, there lived a royal family, and they had a son, who was their only child...’ And the plot, while brief, is pungent – ‘An innocent man must lose his freedom, an innocent girl must yield her virginity, in this traditional tale from an era of kings. From bandit attacks in a forest to treacherous plots at court, love will undergo many trials with Allah's help, even if it comes in the form of a cheeky little mouse!’ Not only is the story a fine one, but it also shares with the author the privilege of placing a tale into the world, simply be reading and enjoying it. Read one of Abdiel LeRoy’s books and more than likely you’ll reach for the others!
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    Magnificent

    As always, I was not disappointed by LeRoy's work. He has a very prolific lyrical and yet grand storytelling ability that is unlike any I have ever read (or listened to, and yes, if it is one of his audiobooks, it should definitely be listened to as well). As you can tell, I am a big fan, not just because I think his writing style and technique is a definite lost art, but how the story is told. It is always interesting, and intriguing to read LeRoy's work, and The Prince's Oath was a very enduring and unique story, taking place, in a time long ago, but the tale could be as old as time. Mix romance, ancient, extremely ancient history with romance, betrayal, love and strength. The author's technique of intense characters and great plotlines is a gift. The story is intense, and the dialogue perfect for its place in time. asylum. "I don't care if the lunatics kill me," [the princess] told herself. "If my true husband is not there, or he is dead, it's better to die at their hands than suffer a living death if I go back." It's grand story that keeps me reading from beginning to end, and looking forward to more work by LeRoy. This book is highly recommended by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.
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