Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army by Edoardo Albert

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A delightful tale of a rather unusual monk and his attempts to get rich while avoiding the Danish horde that is running roughshod over Britain. Conrad is a schemer, always ready with a plan; which is a good thing as his plans have a way of not going according to plan. His companion, Brother Odo, a very devout monk, unwavering in his faith in God and in Conrad’s plan(s), provides much of the mirth while also provoking sympathy from the reader. The author has crafted an entertaining version of the Danes – the sons of Ragnar; Ivarr, Ubba, and Halfdan – and the eventual clash with Aethelred and Alfred. I particularly enjoy historical-fiction when the historical events are written in such a way that the fictional aspect; the interaction of the fictional characters with the historical, the way that the story is tweaked to allow the reader to think, “Yeah, it could have happened that way.” Conrad Monk and The Great Heathen Army did just that while also sparking periodic chuckles and chortles from this amused reader.  4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army by Edoardo Albert

  1. Edoardo Albert (@EdoardoAlbert) August 19, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Thank you, Paul, for the lovely review. I’m delighted you enjoyed reading about Conrad and his adventures, not to say relieved. This is my first attempt at writing humourous historical fiction and it’s hard to know before hand if anyone else will find it funny – so I’m glad you did! I’ve written serious historical fiction before (the Northumbrian Thrones trilogy) but looking at the field, I was getting a little fed up with the complete lack of humour in it. It’s as if no one in the past ever laughed! So I thought I would have a go.

    I agree with you about enjoying making fictional characters collide with real events in such a way that the reader, reading it, thinks, ‘It could have happened that way.’ That’s what I’ve tried to do with Conrad.

    Thank you again for taking the time to read and review Conrad Monk, Paul. And good luck with writing ‘Clash of Empires’. One of the best feelings I’ve ever had was writing the last full stop of my first novel (which has admittedly never actually seen the light of day). Hopefully yours will!

    • tigers68 August 19, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      You’re very welcome…looking forward to Conrad and Odo’s next adventure. Thanks for the encouraging words about Clash – it has been published (independently) and is available on Amazon…if you’ve a mind to, I can send you the Kindle version. Book 2 of the series, Paths to Freedom, is with my editor. 🙂

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