Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review of Anastasia (Famous Women Series #2) by Colin Falconer

  • Book Title: Anastasia
  • Author: Colin Falconer
  • Series: Famous Women
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (January 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621250520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621250524

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Book Description:
'Falconer's grasp of period and places is almost flawless ... He's my kind of writer.' - Peter Corris, The Australian 

'Some men don't fall in love, they get lost. I was lost from the moment I saw Anastasia Romanov in the taxi club that first night ...' 

When Michael Sheridan jumped into the Whangpoa River to save a woman he had met in one of Shanghai's taxi clubs, his life changed irrevocably. A Russian refugee, Anastasia Romanov bears an uncanny resemblance to the princess of the same name, who was rumoured to have survived the brutal murder of her family at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries.

The fate of the last Czar's youngest daughter has become one of the most talked about mysteries of the time, but Michael's Anastasia is suffering from traumatic amnesia and remembers nothing of her life before Shanghai. So who is she?

Unraveling the mystery of Anastasia's identity and past takes them both from the streets of Shanghai to the decadence of pre-war Berlin, from the London of flappers and Charlestons, behind the grim curtain of Bolshevik Russia and finally to New York just before the Wall Street crash. 

'Falconer weaves a pacy story of obsession, love, greed and corruption ... Really well done.' - Sydney Morning Herald

Book Review:
By Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)

Anastasia by Colin Falconer is a historical Fiction Novel based on and around the events as one knows of,Czar Nicolas of Russia and his family that all died in the cellar on the night of 7/17/18 and the stories of the "only survivor" Anastasia. Colin Falconer brings a fresh perspective to the Anastasia story, with authentic story telling of the early twentieth century cities, the sceneries, political and economic views as well as a look into the Great War. We follow the story through the roaring 20s' of Berlin, London and New York City. Michael is a self-made journalist unwilling to be tethered to his family's fortune, wanting to make a name for himself.   

 He falls instantly for Anastasia, a prostitute who looks like Anastasia Romanov, the murdered daughter of the Czar. This mysterious woman, is she really the Duchess? Not always positive who she is, her identity a mystery pulling the two apart, Anastasia longs for the past and life as a Duchess. A life that Michael rather be far from and s life of privilege he is trying to escape.

Bringing a fresh perspective to the Anastasia myth, we follow a American Journalist Michael  in the early twentieth century is working in Shanghai and meets a Russian emigre who is working as a prostitute and dancer, also known as Anastasia. She eventually becomes to believe she really is the real Anastasia, becoming along the way mixed up with some scandalous people such as  a swindler and cross-dressing Russian exile Count Andrei Banischevski. Then the rich Russian Jew émigré Felix Rifkin, but know matter who she becomes involved with, it's always charismatic Michael that her heart pulls for. Being an enigmatic wannabe princess gives her a certain allure. This Anastasia Romanov, working as a prostitute to drab law secretary, eventually comes to believe she is the Grand Duchess.

A enthralling story that will keep you hooked from start to finish. For the story of Anastasia, for so many know, and so many claim to be brings another tale with wonderful detail. 

About the Author:

Colin Falconer emigrated to Australia where he helped a mate establish a new advertising agency. Colin went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines. But he got his dream, publishing over a dozen novels in the UK and US and having his work sold into translation in Brazil, Belgium, the Czech republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey. He lived for many years in the beautiful Margaret River region in WA, and helped raise two beautiful daughters with his late wife, Helen. While writing, he also worked in the volunteer ambulance service. "I'd be at my desk typing, then thirty minutes later I might be crawling into an overturned car or running along a beach with the oxygen for a near drowning. It was an interesting time." His marriage ended in tragic circumstances, a story he has told in 'The Naked Husband,' and its non-fiction sequel, 'The Year We Seized the Day,' written with a writing partner, Elizabeth Best. He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz. (He was actually trying to cycle down the Death Road. In the end he had to abandon the attempt and take the bus down.) He also completed a nine hundred kilometre walk of the camino in Spain. Then he published SILK ROAD, and got a three book contract in London, and his love affair for life and for writing returned. "For me, the two things are inseparable. My passion for one infects the other." His fiction comes from dedicated research and what he calls a quest for Hemingway's ghost; characters with a passion for life, for love and the courage to face down their demons. You can now find Colin's books on Kindle where his entire list will be available by the end of the year; SILK ROAD was published in hardback and paperback by Corvus-Atlantic in London in 2011 and his new novel STIGMATA has just been released.
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