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Lies, Damned Lies, and History: The Chronicles of St. Mary's Book Seven Paperback – May 9, 2017
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- Publisher : Night Shade (May 9, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1597808741
- ISBN-13 : 978-1597808743
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #394,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Okay, that won’t help someone wondering what these books are about so I’ll give a real review a try: St. Mary’s is an organization that conducts historical research by visiting places and events as history is unfolding. Along the way nearly everything that can go wrong does. Fortunately St. Mary’s people are tough, resourceful, and have plenty of tea. They also have humor, unswerving loyalty, and resilience. It’s a wild ride with Max and the gang, with both hysterical highs and heartbreaking lows and among the way you might just learn something.
For my fellow Americans, a warning. These books are not Americanized. They are stuffed to overflowing with British slang and the historical events never cross the pond. Between the two, you will need to keep your wits about you in order to keep up. If you can, you will be well rewarded. Historical events are brought alive, an adventure is always just a step away, characters will endear themselves, and you will both laugh and cry.
But before you start, do your laundry, pay your bills, and stock the pantry because you won’t get much else done.
The best part of this story for me has always been the moments in time that the characters go back to and seeing a historic event in a new light. The most significant thus far is the trip back to the time of Arthur and his knights. For one I never realized the Author, Excalibur and the Nights of the Round table was based on a real figure from history (this is one of those times I feel like a stupid American in my utter lack of historical knowledge past the American Revolution). Seeing a possible way that he could travel in and save the day for various communities was great and I was possibly the funniest solution to fighting in a battle that the St. Mary’s men have ever come up with.
This series still suffers from some really choppy sequencing sometimes and I’m a linear thinker so at times it is difficult for me to figure out the flow of the story when sometimes we are present day and other times we are in the past, the past past and the freaking super far past.
Max and Leon really are getting this whole marriage thing down and bravo to Leon for supporting a pregnant Max and accepting her traipsing through time with their unborn son. You know her really wants to lock her up in a room at St Mary’s and make sure she is safe and sound forever. But it seems that he has found a way to deal with Max his marriage and St. Mary’s. I think they will be okay.
‘As Chief Technical Officer I am angrier than I can possibly say. That you could do such a thing beggars belief.’
I unfolded my arms and prepared to disembowel him.
He continued. ‘As your husband, I am mildly exasperated at your inability to stay out of trouble. At this particular moment, I am this unit’s CTO. Later tonight I will be your husband. All right?’
Wow to some of the stuff that happened in this book though. I mean the stuff with Roland near the end was really heart stopping and I almost cheated and looked at the blurb for the next book just to get a clue as to how much trouble Max and babe were really in.
Really it has been some fantastic moments in time and I’m loving the direction the series has taken.
Max had a really rough start in life. Her childhood was not gentle. When she struck out on her own, difficulties continued. Then St. Mary's came calling, and her life has been one of rollicking adventure, crazy risk and tight bonds with other Historians. Now, these historians don't sit at their desks, surrounded by dust motes and moldy papers, they travel in time. St. Mary's doesn't like to call it that, of course. They are historians, studying history live and in person. They travel in pods and in small groups and record the events that we view as history. Oh, and they drink tea. Gallons of tea.
This one may have had more close calls and harrowing moments than most, specially for the very pregnant Max. Her husband is a technician at St Mary's and so he understands . Mostly.
I won't say anymore, in order to avoid spoiling it for you, but the ending is a doozy!
It also looks like this book is the end of the series :( Such a damn shame!
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The plot is full of timey-wimey stuff as usual and, once again, is full of madcap St Mary's shenanigans. Even heavily pregnant, Max hasn't slowed down. Everyone gets "their" moment to shine and while some questions are answered, others are posed. One question in particular I didn't see coming at all! Sneaky.
I galloped through this and will savour it again in a couple of days, once I've re-read the first 6, as is now my habit. I'll have to brace myself for a certain bit near the end as it was so full of fraught, painful emotion that I almost had to stop reading. Almost. I didn't. Captain Ellis is a worthy hero to join the ranks of Leon, Dr Bairstow, brilliant Tim and the irrepressibly stoic Markham who is, as usual, an abiding delight. The running joke about where and when he read certain literary classics is a bizarrely brilliant aside that is bravely "thrown away" as a sly punch-line.
I "found" Ms Taylor's books when I was feeling adrift - from my home, my old life, my friends, my family - and in her wonderful quirky Britishness, I felt anchored again. That sounds like a remarkably bold and overblown statement, but it is a true one.
Read it. Read the others. Read everything by Jodi Taylor - you'll be a little sleep deprived but, oh boy, it will be worth it.
This time Max has really overstepped the mark in terms of breaking the rules, and the story does get tense at times. But then there's the usual moments of hilarity, ones that literally had me laughing out loud.
The final section of the book is pretty nail-biting but the ending of the book is satisfying, and I look forward to the next installment. In fact I can't wait!!