Monday, June 23, 2014

Constantinopolis Book Review

I have a very interesting new book to share with you called Constanopolis written by James D. Shipman.
In 1453 Constantinople is the impregnable jewel of the East. It has stood as the greatest Christian city for a millennium as hordes have crashed fruitlessly against its walls.
But Mehmet II, the youthful Sultan of the Ottoman Turks, has besieged the city. His opponent is Constantine XI, the wise and capable ruler of the crumbling Eastern Roman Empire.  
Mehmet, distrusted by his people and hated by his Grand Vizer, must accomplish what all those before him have failed to do: capture Constantinople. To prove that he deserves the throne that his father once took from him, Mehmet, against all advice, storms the city. If he fails, he will not only have failed himself and his people, but he will surely lose his life.  
On the other side of the city walls, the emperor Constantine must find a way to stop the greatest army in the medieval world. To finance his defenses, he becomes a beggar to the Pope, the Italian city-states, and the Hungarians. But the price for aid is high: The Pope demands the Greeks reunite the Eastern and Western churches and accept the Latin faith. If Constantine wants aid for his people he must choose between their lives and their souls.  
Two leaders, two peoples, two faiths battle for their future before the mighty walls of Constantinople.
My Thoughts:

You will love this book if you love reading historical fiction along with a story that is both readable and understandable. The book's focus is on the two men who want to shape the future of Constantinople. It will give you each man's thoughts and what he was trying to accomplish and how he went about doing that.

I have to tell you that this is an age old problem. I don't know why we have to fight over religion and why one religion thinks that it must rule all or destroy what it can't have. Does this sound familiar? It looks like we have been fighting this battle from way back in the 1450's in some parts of the world. Does religion give one group the right to kill thousands of people just because they want to take the land and make it their own?  Does religion have the right to make people slaves or tear apart families just for the heck of it?

Of course, as with all things, there are traitors on both sides and that is something I vehemently don't understand and never will. How could you betray your own people? And then of course, there are the rich ones. They were able to buy themselves freedom and escape to other countries, but the poor Greeks were left to the whims of the enemy.

By the way, Constantinople is now Istanbul in Turkey. I wasn't sure if most of you would know this as I didn't until I read this book.

Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
James D. Shipman is a northwest author and attorney. He has two current titles "Constantinopolis," an historical novel of the fall of Constantinople and "Willie-Washer's Local No. 38," a fantasy comedy.
Mr. Shipman graduated from the University of Washington with a history degree in 1995 and from Gonzaga University in 1998. He practices law in Everett, Washington. He has also published a number of short stories and poems.
James Shipman's third title, "Going Home," a civil war novel based on a true story will be published in the summer of 2014.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.