O Jerusalem

O JerusalemMary puts up with a lot of men and Holmes is kind of an ass to her through most of the book This dampened my enjoyment a lot probably just my mood But also the plot of this book was too thin It needed a focused plot and less minute description of every possible action and detail.I do really like Mary, though and the style in which her narrative is told in all the books I ve read so far That was the saving grace of O Jerusalem But ultimately I was miffed by the characters and the plot. Read this story second, after the author s introductory novel Especially if you liked The Beekeeper s Apprentice Don t go to book 2 This is as good, if not better than the first, at times King can write King can tell a great story, and the setting is fantastically detailed The historical information will jump out at you I hope you will be as transfixed as I was I could not put it down This is the expanded version of the time Russell and Holmes were in Palestine, hiding out from the people trying to kill them back in England. Man I reaaaaly had to slog through this one I mean, REALLY I think the last 25 pages or so I just barely skimmed, just enough to get the point so that I wouldn t feel like I d totally wasted my time This was definitely my least favorite of the Russell Holmes series so far Clearly sort of an excuse for King to get all her religious knowledge across and cram everything about the Middle East into as many pages as possible It ended up being sort of painful to get through I would actually recommend skipping this one completely if you re interested in the series Just look up a quick summary of it on the internet somewhere and save yourself the pain of being mostly disinterested Unless you re super into a ton of information about what it s like to live in the desert for half a year and not being able to bathe properly for weeks In which case, rock on my friend. Getting through a series of novels with than three or four books can be, in many ways, rather tedious It is entirely easy to simply lose interest in the whole thing if the individual novels are unable to sustain interest, or the reader simply lacks the stamina to see the whole thing through from beginning to end Although I do have a personal reading policy about finishing any series I start if I like the first book, I will admit that there are difficulties in seeing this through, especially if the succeeding books turn out to be terrible This was the case with the Mary Russell series I enjoyed the first book, The Beekeeper s Apprentice, enough that I went straight into the next book, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, only to be severely disappointed Despite my misgivings I recalled my personal reading policy and after a few days break to wash the bad taste of the second novel out of my mind s metaphorical mouth, I picked up A Letter of Mary, and found it a bit pleasant to read that the last With my confidence in the series returning, I picked up The Moor, the fourth book in the series, and had most of my goodwill towards the series restored to somewhat similar levels as they had been after reading the first It was in these relatively good high spirits that I plunged myself into the fifth book, O Jerusalem.This novel, unlike the last few, is a story told out of chronology with the rest, detailing Holmes and Russell s adventure in Palestine, mentioned in The Beekeeper s Apprentice The first book mentions in passing some job that Mycroft has asked Holmes and Russell to do while they are in the area, though Russell does not go into detail in the first book In this one, the reader receives the whole story and what a story it is.Of all the Holmes stories, I ve always largely favored the active ones, a result of having fallen deeply in love with The Sign of Four Anytime Holmes gets involved in a case that results in him and his companions either running criminals to ground in thrilling chase scenes, or having their lives put in very grave danger cruel as that may sound , said story will always receive attention from me If those activities necessitate crawling around underground, defusing bombs, or traveling through exotic locales and I include certain parts of London in this description , then I will most definitely be there for the ride O Jerusalem combines all four, and includes a most colorful cast of characters to boot This story goes back several years in terms of the actual series chronology, to when Russell was only nineteen years old and merely intellectual partner and apprentice to the great detective Sherlock Holmes, not quite Mrs Holmes On the run from dangerous bomb threats in London, Russell and Holmes have made their way to Palestine, where they find themselves in the care of two Bedouins, Ali and Mahmoud Hazr, who are also agents in the service of the Crown As they slowly make their way towards Jerusalem, the Hazrs, Holmes and Russell find themselves caught up in an attempt to uncover a deadly plot involving the stirring up of resentment between Christian, Muslim, and Jew lots and lots of dynamite and the ancient city of Jerusalem itself.The exotic locales part of the formula is easily covered the Holy Land is a mysterious and deadly place the heart of three major world religions and one of the most disputed patches of land in history Palestine as it s called in the story is also of particularly special significance to Russell, who, being Jewish, views the trip as something of a pilgrimage, and her musings regarding the significance of the areas and locales through which they travel is particularly fascinating well, at least for me, it is, and likely will be for any history buffs Also, what she says about the Holy Land in particular, the political social situation will read very familiar to anyone who has paid attention to what is happening in the Middle East today The reader will be quick to note, through Russell s observations and musings, that though the novel is set in the early years of the twentieth century, nothing much has really changed, not since the city of Jerusalem was first built, not since the Crusades, and not since today This state of constancy in terms of political social relationships, though set in the previous century, will echo familiarly with the reader and will provide a certain, perhaps slightly uncomfortable, sense of immediacy The Holy Land has existed for thousands of years, but how much, really, has changed It is a question Russell asks herself due to its relevance at the time, and it still bears relevance today.Along with the above came a wonderful cast of characters to get attached to The Hazrs, in particular, will interest the reader or annoy, depending on one s take on them In some ways they do seem caricatures of Arabic stereotypes from the period Ali as the headstrong, war mongering type of Arab, and Mahmoud as the strong, silent and wise desert prince type Although the caricaturing might be a result of the fact that Ali and Mahmoud are not really Bedouin, nor really even Middle Eastern at all to begin with, I do wish their characters had been expanded a bit Ali, in particular, could use a bit character development, since his actions are always so seemingly contrary and difficult to understand at times While I could simply shrug and point a finger at the first person narrative point of view employed by the novels, which significantly narrows the amount of information and thus character development that can be given to other outlying characters, I feel that something could have been done to showcase the Hazr s pasts a bit , and thus expand on their characters as well And then there are the minor characters the men, women, and children and, yes, mules they encounter along the way I have grown particularly attached to the abbot of an isolated monastery whom Holmes and Russell pay a visit to while inquiring into the murder of a friend and colleague of the Hazrs I liked what I saw of him, and the impression he left on me was far striking than some of the other characters previously and later encountered If the novels do return to this area, I hope that I get to read about him, and hopefully he will take on a much larger role in the story than what he filled in this one though hopefully, not as the victim.But it is the plot, and the resulting adventure that Holmes and Russell have in the Holy Land as a result of it, that really drew me in Here is political intrigue on a grand scale here is a mastermind with a deadly and powerful motive, and a decent level of intelligence to back it up and here is an ancient city, a veritable tinderbox of political, religious, and social tensions, all waiting for a spark to set it all ablaze and let war begin anew I found the storyline in this one significantly better than the last few books, and indeed it edges up slightly ahead in my eyes over the first If this had come in second, after The Beekeeper s Apprentice, I would not have been so reluctant to pick up the succeeding books, though I think the rest would have been rather anticlimactic after this.This novel succeeds in completely restoring my good faith in the series, and makes me look forward to Some might think the plot a little too Indiana Jones for their tastes, but those who love reading about Holmes and hopefully, at this stage, Russell too being put through hellfire, danger, and torture metaphorically and literally speaking , but to come out of it triumphant heroes, then this novel will certainly be a resounding success. O Jerusalem takes us back in time to the first book when Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes had to flee England because of the danger they were in The country they chose, or rather Mary chose, was Palestine This is the first book in the series that I didn t quite like as much as the previous four books That doesn t mean that the book isn t good Just that it took some rereads to make me really appreciate the book Now it s a good book for me, and I wouldn t mind re read, but I was a bit disappointed when I read it the first time Could be because I preferred the stories to move forward not reading about past events It was quite a lot of years since I read it the first time so it s hard to know exactly why The case was probably just not as engrossing as the previous books cases. This was a bit difficult to get into initially, because the setting both time and place are pretty foreign to me I m very ill educated on the struggles that have been going on in the Middle East in general and Jerusalem specifically for thousands of years, and I m aware of it.However, King did her best to help me out with information about the language and a map of Jerusalem at the front Russell helped me out in her narrative, being specific about the rules she was and was not following and why, so it made a lot sense going forward.That being said, this part of the series was not as satisfying a read I felt like there was a lot of drawn out narrative, although the reason for it was clear, but it slowed things down considerably Russell s difficulty in focusing on the mystery, rather than all the historical bits around her true to character as it may be , made it difficult for me to focus on the mystery as well Finally, I didn t think the climax or the end were very gratifying considering all that built up to it Overall, this installation in the time line is useful to understanding the Russell Holmes dynamic and filling in gaps, but not one I d recommend reading. Excellent Once again Laurie King creates the sense of being there In this case, there is Palestine in 1919 Not only does she seem to get the history right, but also the geography, the sociology and the feel and smell of the Middle east.Another good tale, well told. In the middle of The Beekeeper s Apprentice Russell and Holmes leave England for a bit to get a breather from the relentless pursuit of there cunning opponent and agree to do a favor for Mycroft during their travels This launches them into the world of international intrigue and the hands of the Hazr brothers Two hard edged, unaccommodating allies Then there s the walk with Russell and Holms on the path of the Good Samaritan, amazing What I m beginning to learn about this series is that, while King has based these books on Sherlock Holmes, the series itself is in Mary Russell s voice and is about her This may be why, in reading some reviews of this book, and some others in the series, that some readers may be disappointed, or even perhaps peeved, that these books do not echo Conan Doyle s writing and plotting style, and indeed, do not use Holmes voice to drive the story along.Why is this a good thing Because we can see, through the maturing character of Mary Russell, living through one of the most tumultuous and rapidly changing eras of civilization, an era when women finally begin to break free of societal conventions and strictures that have held them back for eons, how one young woman of deep faith, strict ethics, and broad scholarship, comes to be one of the most celebrated detectives, and the life love of the curmudgeonly Holmes Russell becomes Holmes Queen Bee, and yet retains her ability to fly as free as female worker bees do Russell breaks out of the Victorian mold and manages to seduce Holmes to accompany her while they team up to solve the puzzles What is not to love about these stories With Her Bestselling Mystery Series Featuring Sherlock Holmes And Mary Russell, Laurie R King Has Created Lively Adventure In The Very Best Of Intellectual Company, According To The New York Times Book Review Now The Author Of The Beekeeper S Apprentice And The Moor The First Writer Since Patricia Cornwell To Win Both The American Edgar And British Creasey Awards For A Debut Novel A Grave Talent Unfolds A Hitherto Unknown Chapter In The History Of Russell S Apprenticeship To The Great DetectiveAt The Close Of The Year , Forced To Flee England S Green And Pleasant Land, Russell And Holmes Enter British Occupied Palestine Under The Auspices Of Holmes Enigmatic Brother, Mycroft Gentlemen, We Are At Your Service Thus Holmes Greets The Two Travel Grimed Arab Figures Who Receive Them In The Orange Groves Fringing The Holy Land Whatever Role Could The Volatile Ali And The Taciturn Mahmoud Play In Mycroft S Design For This Land The British So Recently Wrested From The Turks After Passing A Series Of Tests, Holmes And Russell Learn Their Guides Are Engaged In A Mission For His Majesty S Government, And Disguise Themselves As Bedouins Russell As The Beardless Youth Amir To Join Them In A Stealthy Reconnaissance Through The Dusty CountrysideA Recent Rash Of Murders Seems Unrelated To The Growing Tensions Between Jew, Moslem, And Christian, Yet Holmes Is Adamant That He Must Reconstruct The Most Recent One In The Desert Gully Where It Occurred His Singular Findings Will Lead Him And Russell Through Labyrinthine Bazaars, Verminous Inns, Cliff Hung Monasteries And Into Mortal Danger When Her Mentor S Inquiries Jeopardize His Life, Russell Fearlessly Wields A Pistol And Even Assays The Arts Of Seduction To Save Him Bruised And Bloodied, The Pair Ascend To The Jewellike City Of Jerusalem, Where They Will At Last Meet Their Adversary, Whose Lust For Savagery And Power Could Reduce The City S Most Ancient And Sacred Place To Rubble And Ignite This Tinderbox Of A LandClassically Holmesian Yet Enchantingly Fresh, Sinuously Plotted, With Colorful Characters And A Dazzling Historic Ambience, O Jerusalem Sweeps Readers Ever Onward In The Thrill Of The Chase From The Hardcover Edition

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  • O Jerusalem
  • Laurie R. King
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  • 06 May 2019
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