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Gideon’s Passage by Ben Laffra

January 30, 2018 - 9:29 pm No Comments

Gideon’s Passage by Ben Laffra
Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing LLC on 10 October 2016
435 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Being a fan of Horror, I have purchased a lot of books from Optimus Maximus Publishing and can always guarantee a good read. Knowing that the publishers always sign great authors I purchased Gideon’s Passage without hesitation. Not having read much historical fiction, I did not know what to expect, however I was up for the challenge.
We are first introduced to Gideon Roland de Boyne when he is studying at the University City of Orleans in France, a son of a renowned business man, he was a man of learning. Keeping with family tradition, he finished his studies and enlisted with The Knights of St John. Progressing through the ranks he is sent to battle against the Ottoman, a mighty force that are taken over Europe.
The story tracks Gideon’s life and it shows how he grows into an honourable man. He treated every man equal regardless of rank or the colour of their skin, this caused everyone he meets to love and admire him. He was willing to pass on his knowledge and learn from others and even when he engaged with the enemy, his diplomatic nature saved numerous lives. However, whilst he had an easy-going nature, he did not take to fools and would not waste his energy with them.
Throughout Gideon’s life he encounters 3 strong female characters, each very different but all of them add to Gideon’s life and his is love of learning. Catherine, his first love in France, a woman of dual nationality, who helps him understand more about the Ottoman. Gonul Femi, the doctor employed by the Ottoman not only saved his life but helped him understand and learn the Persian language and finally Marina di Andrea Gamba who was not afraid to fight.
Even the minor characters played a big part in this story and I enjoyed reading about Daniel Nourtie, a giant of man, a regular soldier who became a good friend of Gideon.
Whilst reading this story, I learnt so much about the 16th Century, an era that I hardly knew. The story is well researched, and I wanted to learn more. This book was full of passion whether it be a sex scene or a battle scene, with the minutest detail added to make an exciting story. I actually delayed finishing this book as I did not want the adventure to end, I just wanted to carry on reading and if it was a further 435 pages I would not have minded as the story sucked you in. This is the first novel I have read by this author, but it will not be last as I can carry on reading about Gideon. This definition of a wordsmith is a skilled user of words, but if you look further down the definition you will find Ben Laffra’s name there. This is author has helped me love historical fiction