Wade of Aquitaine

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https://i2.wp.com/i43.tower.com/images/mm117981759/wade-aquitaine-book-one-new-epic-speculative-fiction-ben-parris-paperback-cover-art.jpgAuthor: Ben Parris

Title:  Wade of Aquitaine

Genre:  Science Fiction

Publication Date:  2008

Number of Pages:  372 (Kindle edition)

Geographical Setting:  United States, Europe and the near East.

Time Period:  21st Century and 9th Century

Series (If applicable): Book one of a new Epic Speculative Fiction Series.

Plot Summary:  In the year 813 Charlemagne is King of most of Europe, his son Louis the Pius is made a joint King, and Leo V ascends the Byzantine throne.  Life during the Dark Ages was filled with uncertainty regardless of your station.  It is into this mixed world of barbarity, war, honor, and political upheaval that Wade Linwood, insurance salesman is thrown.  Wade is a synesthete, or one who suffers from crossed senses.  His sense of smell conjures taste, his sense of touch conjures colors, and so on. Wade is thrust into the 9th century when his mixed senses are sent into a tailspin by an acupuncture needle to the ankle.  A portal is opened, which allows him to access the “astral plane” and jump through the space/time continuum.  As soon as Wade lands in the Middle Ages his adventure begins.  As Wade races to discover what brought him to this place, he discovers that history is on the brink of catastrophe and it’s up to him to save it.  In the process he meets a woman with powers like himself, who he feels he has been linked to for all time.  Wade must race time to ensure that history remains as we know it, and save the woman he loves at the same time.  Wade faces peril at every turn; will his abilities as a synesthete help or hurt him, will he learn to navigate this new world, will he find and save the woman he loves, or will he destroy the world he knows?  Mysteries abound in this tale of an unlikely hero faced with a daunting challenge.

Subject Headings:  Fiction; Science Fiction; Time Travel; Middle Ages; Byzantine Empire; Charlemagne.

Appeal:  fast-paced; action; realistic characters; sympathetic characters; closed ended; imaginative; historical; descriptive; engaging; informative; time travel; sensory descriptions.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: sensory descriptions; fast-paced; realistic characters.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Charlemagne by Derek Wilson.  This book is a comprehensive biography on the life and times of Charlemagne.  It also highlights his contributions to modern Western Europe.
The History of Pirates by Angus Konstam.  This book provides a comprehensive history of pirates from ancient Babylonia and Greece to the modern day.  Readers who were fascinated by the journey that Kreindia took in Wade of Aquitaine will want to learn more about Pirates of the time.
Atlas of Ancient Worlds: A Pictorial Atlas of Past Civilization by Anne Millard.  Readers who want to understand more about past civilizations will like this book for its maps, information on trade, and its information on how people lived during this time.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.  Readers will be drawn to this book for its portrayal of a difficult time in history, its characters, and the element of time travel.
The Black Rose by Thomas Costain.  Readers of Wade of Aquitaine will be drawn to this historical fiction because of the adventures of the main character and the variety of place that he travels to.  Also like Wade of Aquitaine, it is also a story of love just as it is one of history and adventure.
The Doomsday Key by James Rollins.  Readers of Wade of Aquitaine will like this book for the blend of action, mystery, and history.  It’s a book in which the main characters must unlock a mystery of the past in order to save the modern world.

Name:  Jessica Lake

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