The Bulls of War

The Bulls of War is Book I of The Chronicles of the Andervold Thrones, a historical novel in e-book format by E. M. Thomas.
Plot: In a time of almost constant tribal/clan/territorial warfare, Kyrus, a young warrior on patrol with his father’s division survives an attack by Valogarians who kill his father and brother. As time passes he becomes the leader of the distinguished unit. His closest friend Tyghus rises through the ranks with him, and when Kyrus, unexpectedly and unwantedly is appointed Khorokh (Emperor) of the Unified Rokharians and Ten Provinces, he appoints Tyghus to take his place as the commanding general. Kyrus had been appointed by Rensyus, the dying Emperor, and accepted by the reigning council of Peers of the Realm. Rensyus had kept peace in the realm in spite of the exact split in voting by the Council with respect to war/peace. Tyghus’ sister, Tigra was to become the bride of the leader of the Valogars to further the peace that Rensyus was maintaining and he had believed Kyros could be persuaded to follow in his footsteps. Instead Kyros, separated from his close friend and convinced by rumors and innuendo by and from the war-inclined group that Tyghus no longer was a friend, becomes paranoid in the extreme. He sides with the hawks, declares war on the Valogarians, alienates other powerful members of the Peers and proceeds to become a devious tyrant. Tyghus and incidentally his sister are caught up in the viciously burgeoning set of inter-territorial circumstances. A host of other characters play parts at varying levels of importance in this tale as it gradually advances to provide a provoking base for the next episode in The Chronicles.
Discussion: The author has made an intriguing interpretation from existing records of a long-ago era to present a fascinating story of court intrigue, a paranoid ruler, and honorable individuals who become unfortunate pawns in a vicious game that leads to horrendous destruction and devastating loss of human life. Most regrettably, this magnificently researched presentation provides at least for this reader, a degree of disappointment. A map is provided, but a magnifying glass is required when attempting to find/revisit the territories and other features involved, and portions of the rhetoric although of historic importance, often slow, rather than advance the storyline. Also for some readers the plentiful supply of characters with historically correct but unusual names, possibly are enough to provide a pause in assimilation, thus further interfering with the story’s pace.
Conclusion: A minutely detailed fictional story recounting political maneuvering resulting in massive land/human destruction based upon research of a seldom examined pre-Christian era. Historically and fictionally engrossing presentations where, regrettably at least for this reader, either or both could be greatly enhanced with judicious editing.
A parenthetical and perhaps totally irrelevant but depressing comment is the notable reoccurrence today of the political maneuvering that existed then and no doubt even in earlier times. It is hoped that the destructive resultant activity so graphically and well described by this author remains only historical and/or fictional.

5* Engrossing history/fictional tale; 3* judicious editing would greatly enhance for this reader.

Unbarred Innovation

Unbarred Innovation
A pathway to Greatest Discoveries ISBN: 9781523863983 is a motivational e-book by Mayur Ramgir.

The author believes in “Changing the world with powerful words.” He envisions a world with no incurable diseases, people without disabilities and a planet without disasters, all achieved through effective use and development of technology; e.g. “advanced nanotechnology, sonic speed and smarter genetic engineering,” He once read “everything a human mind can imagine is what the human can achieve.” Thus, the only thing standing in the way are self-imposed barriers to these accomplishments and: “With this book and Zonopact Innovation Lab, I want to bring down all such barriers.” He quotes Theodore Levitt’s statement “Creativity is thinking up new things; innovation is doing new things.” and states that his intent is to “diffuse the idea that only a few can be innovative.” To become a creative/innovative individual he stresses the need for intensive introspection to develop self-esteem, self-reliance, focus, discipline, ability to overcome adversity, and to gain an ability to think ‘outside-the-box’, to overcome any knowledge gap, avoid provinciality in thinking and action and to interexchange conversations, beliefs and knowledge with persons in different disciplines. All of these activities will lead to acquisition of new perspectives so as to become one of those innovators similar to the large number of exemplary individuals he references and quotes.

Discussion: The thrust of this presentation appears to have a dual purpose; 1) to offer, and describe how to attain, the basic levels of thought/activity required to become an innovative individual and 2) to present “Zonepact Innovation Lab – A social networking tool allowing individuals to connect whether within or outside their fields of interest” and CLINTRA – “A one step platform to faster innovation within your organization” (software). This book is another in the seemingly increasing number of ‘how-to’ books but for a different, somewhat more highly educated level of individuals. For this reason a subtle sense of underlying naivety seems strange. The presentation is a little repetitive, seemingly as provided by lecturers who often use this technique for emphasis. Elimination would in this reviewer’s opinion strengthen the presentation.

Conclusion: Viable suggestions for those desirous of higher achievement.

4* Viable suggestions for those desirous of higher achievement.