Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith | Book Review

Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith | Book Review

Historical fiction retelling of the Queen Esther story

Title: Star of Persia

Author: Jill Eileen Smith

Publisher: Revell

Published Date: March 3rd, 2020

Genre: Historical fiction, Religious fiction

Source: Publisher for review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.

My Review:

Thank you to Revell for the physical copy in exchange for my honest review.

The story of Queen Esther has always been one of my favorites, and Smith did a wonderful job of bringing the story to light in a different way.

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With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge | Book Review

Title: With the Old Breed

Author: E.B. Sledge

Publisher: Presidio Press

Published Date: December 18th, 2008

Genre: History, Non-Fiction, WWII

Source: Owned

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:


In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation.

An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division—3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.” By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.

Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill—and came to love—his fellow man.

My Review:

Sledge very real view of what happened during the pacific battles during WWII is one of the most truthful ones I have ever read. He doesn’t sugar coat anything and he tells it exactly as he saw it at the time. He tells the losses and the hardships that the men faced all while fighting and just trying to survive day by day until the war was over and they could go home. While brutal and tough to read at times it was also very eye-opening and made you feel like you were getting to see what they had to deal with.

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