I have received a free e-copy of the book Outremer II: Revelation Cometh by D N Carter to review.
Here is the book blurb.
Christian-born Paul Plantavalu and his beloved Alisha al Komaty, a Muslim, share an unbreakable bond and a deep love for one another. Religion, war and politics oppose them at every turn. But most deadly of all is the resolve of an evil enemy determined to destroy their family lines forever.
Paul and Alisha’s journey takes a political turn; they must question everything and learn who to fear and who to trust as they continue their battle to safeguard the future of mankind. In accepting the burden of this grace responsibility, they must make peace with the difficult path they have chosen. Paul will struggle to unlearn everything he has been raised to accept as true; reality is much more mysterious and nuanced. It will fall to him to defend a much greater treasure than his own life – one which the Magi themselves understood – for the benefit of future generations. In doing so, Paul will help others to unshackle themselves from the grip of a self-styled secret elite with the power to manipulate religions, governments and monarchies, harnessing wealth and control for themselves at the expense of the populous. But to succeed in this challenge Paul must face his own desires and his worst fears, and if destiny dictates, he may be called to sacrifice his own family, including Alisha.
The second novel in author and adventurer D. N. Carter’s epic four-part series, Outremer II: Revelation Cometh draws upon forty years of intensive historical research by its Indiana Jones-style creator. As the reader is swept up by the romantic adventure of Paul and Alisha and their dazzling romp through the High Middle Ages in search of Templar truths and treasure, they are also challenged by the author to solve a coded puzzle hidden within the pages of the four Outremer novels, which will lead to a real-life bounty at the conclusion of the series!
Just like part 1 of this story which I read last year, this is another very long book of almost 700 pages. However this time I struggled right from the start, as the book opens directly at chapter 25 without any recap of part 1. Bearing in mind that it is about 18 months since I read part 1, my memory of that story is now rather hazy.
I feel like I have been reading for ages, but I’m only just over 20% through and I’m thoroughly confused as it is such a complex storyline. I certainly feel that the author has invested a huge amount of research into this topic. However I’ve reluctantly decided that I’m going to have to give up on reading this. A shame as although part 1 was also somewhat challenging, I did still enjoy it. And I’m liking bits of this one too, but confusion is outweighing the enjoyment.
Outremer II is available on Amazon, currently priced at £15.99 in paperback and is also available in hardback or kindle format. Maybe once all 4 parts are published, reading them in sequence might work, but at present this is not for me. And I’m still of the opinion that these would be good as films. I’m sure I’d be less confused watching than reading.
About the author
After strange and vivid experiences whilst living in Cyprus as a child, author D N Carter has been fascinated by the history, myths and legends of the Middle Ages and mankind’s past. As he got older travels to Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Languedoc region of France and the deserts of Arabia fuelled his enthusiasm. While not decoding maps and mathematical codes D N Carter enjoys adventure sports from parachuting to microlight flying. Today he divides his time between East Anglia in the UK and the south of France with his family.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.