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Number of Pages: 234
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.38 (inches)
Series: Heroes & History
In contemporary England, eccentric, extremely laughable Miss Klitsas Latin class alternates between soporific trance and wild hilarity at the teachers expense. The protagonist of this story, Neil Perkins, gets to drive his ATV to school everyday, and it isnt only teenage readers who grow green with envy. He often leads in the hilarity aimed at the redoubtable Miss Klitsa. Then one fateful day, Neil and his ATV hair-raisingly gouge a ditch near Hadrians Wall and he finds an ancient manuscript. The only one who can help him is Miss Klitsa.
As Neil translates the manuscript, the reader falls headlong into a spine-tingling Roman/Celtic adventure of sword-play, treachery, fearful undertakings, wild men vs. civilized people, undying friendship, and impossible decisions. Its hard to put this book down and just as hard not to assimilate the lessons: true friendship; patriotism gone awry; willingness to die for another; various battle styles and the war equipment for each; uncivilized Christians vs. civilized pagans; some intriguing English archaeological lessons; accepting people as worthwhile even when you think them ridiculous; and a great deal more.
High school history and English teacher as well as author, Douglas Bond knows how to portray people of all ages. He is a rising star in the historical fiction genre for both older and younger people. Not satisfied with his own history background, Bond draws on the research of other historians. With a wide but understandable vocabulary, a talent for keeping the plot under control, a penchant for characterization, and a wonderful imagination, Bond presents a tale sure to engross any reader. A glossary of terms and a Roman timeline help keep the audience on track. As well as being a good read for the individual, Hostage Lands makes a fine read-aloud book. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
n this fast paced story, Douglas Bond brings ancient history to life. The plot is complex. The charactersboth the winsome and the despicableare multidimensional and thoroughly believable. Hostage Lands is an entertaining, instructive, thought provoking, and ultimately satisfying historical adventure.
IEnjoyable reading for anyone who likes a gripping adventure story, Hostage Lands will especially delight young students of the Latin language and of Roman history as they recognize a steady stream of terms and customs they've studied embedded in this fast paced tale.
Enjoyable reading for anyone who likes a gripping adventure story, Hostage Lands will especially delight young students of the Latin language and of Roman history as they recognize a steady stream of terms and customs they've studied embedded in this fast paced tale.
Amidst the sound of clashing swords, the shame of cowardice, and the tragedy of betrayal, readers will be see the transforming power of the faith once delivered. In Hostage Lands, Douglas Bond transports the reader to an epoch of fear, hatred and treacheryand of eternal hope. Get ready to experience the latter days of Roman glory, where martyrs stand against mayhem and a Lord rather than Legions, a Savoir rather than Caesars change the world. May He do so yet again!
Sunshine S.5 Stars Out Of 5August 27, 2010Sunshine S.This is Douglas Bonds best book!! I first read it when I was 16. We received it as a Christmas gift shortly after its release. It was so good that I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days!! My brother and sister (13 and 8 respectively at the time) read it for themselves and loved it as well. It does have some violence but nothing too overbearing. The story is extremely well written and captivating. The adventure and excitement sweeps one away into the past making you feel as if you are present at the story's climax!!! I have recommended this book to all my friends and would recommend it for anyone ages 10 and up. It is too good a book to miss.
Devyn5 Stars Out Of 5July 2, 2009DevynHostage Lands is an inspiring book for readers of all ages. It took me somewhat longer to finish than Bond's other books, but it was so worth the time. I would suggest it to anyone.
nara5 Stars Out Of 5November 26, 2007naraNice plot, nice all around. SO not for children, though. It is too brutal!! Definitely for teens fifteen-sixteen and up!
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