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Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings (edition 2002)

by Oakley Hall

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Title:Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings
Authors:Oakley Hall
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2002), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
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I enjoyed the Hawaiin history and the historical descriptions of San Francisco. ( )
  DrApple | Oct 24, 2012 |
Sorrry Oakley, Warlock was a great book, your best, this one is not. ( )
  brone | Mar 22, 2012 |
A bit grim, really. Perhaps it has to do with the setting; the cover of the book is sepia and that's pretty much how I'd describe the prose as well. None of the characters seemed to have any sort of a sense of humor or were really very likable. The plot was complex, and probably hung together fairly well, although I was put off by the text enough to not really follow it well. It's a shame, because I generally enjoy plots with lots of political machinations, as this one definitely has.

I suspect Penguin hasn't done justice to the book. The sepia cover and Granjon font really seemed off-putting. I might have liked it more with a different presentation. ( )
  benfulton | Jan 19, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142001333, Paperback)

A compulsively readable historical thriller from "one of the country's finest writers." (Robert Stone)

An accomplished writer in several genres of fiction, veteran novelist Oakley Hall has been praised as "a novelist who never seems to make a wrong move. . . . He is a writer to read again and again" (Richard Ford). The San Francisco Chronicle has included him—along with Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, and Larry McMurtry—in its "Western 100" list of the best twentieth-century works of fiction written by an author from the American West.

Now, Hall unveils the riveting and entertaining sequel to his acclaimed Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades. Once again the hero is the historical figure Ambrose Bierce—William Randolph Hearst's star journalist and San Francisco's most celebrated writer. This time Bierce is investigating the disappearance of a Hawaiian princess attached to King Kalakaua's entourage. As the aged king slowly expires in the Palace Hotel's Royal Suite, San Francisco plays host to a throng of Hawaiian royal courtiers and counselors embroiled in a swirl of political intrigue surrounding the successor to the throne. As Bierce and his protégé, Tom Redmond, search for the missing princess, Hall weaves a wonderfully tangled narrative of murder and mystery. Intelligent, gripping, and often humorous, Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings will appeal to all readers of mysteries, adventure tales, and historical novels.

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"Hall unveils the sequel to his Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades. Once again, the hero is the historical figure Ambrose Bierce, William Randolph Hearst's star journalist and San Francisco's most celebrated writer. This time Bierce is investigating the disappearance of a Hawaiian princess attached to King Kalakaua's entourage. While the aged king slowly expires in the Palace Hotel's Royal Suite, San Francisco plays host to a throng of Hawaiian royal courtiers and counselors embroiled in a swirl of political intrigue surrounding the successor to the throne. As Bierce and his protege, Tom Redmond, search for the missing princess, Hall weaves a wonderfully tangled narrative of murder and mystery. Intelligent, gripping, and often very funny, Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings will appeal to all readers of mysteries, adventure tales, and historical novels."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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