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Ollie's Cloud (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Gary Lindberg

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★★★★★ "Ken Follett is not the only successful thriller writer to transition to historical novels. Gary Lindberg has also masterfully made the leap." ★★★★★
-- Mary Freeman, Amazon Reviewer

★★★★★ "Well-researched historically and full of interesting twists." ★★★★★
-- Bruce Rubenstein, author of Smoke and The Great Rockwell Heist

★★★★★ "The book is filled with enough adventure and intrigue to make a thriller, but in the end is the moving story of two fascinating spiritual journeys." ★★★★★
-- Jennifer Renaud, Amazon Reviewer

▶▶Astounding Adventure in an Age of Great Expectations◀◀

The year is 1827 - seventeen years before the Muslim and Christian
worlds expect the appearance of the "Promised One" that each religion has been
awaiting for centuries.


What could possibly go wrong?


During this time of global religious fervor, two best friends
begin unexpected adventures into the trials, tumult, and tragedies of adulthood. This sweeping tale of love, intrigue,
betrayal and great hope transports young Ali from a dusty Persian village into
a dazzling western world that he never could have imagined.


Raised in the harem of the town mayor, Ali is abducted one
night by a Christian missionary and his mother, who is a victim of his father's abuse.
After a breathtaking escape, Ollie lands in Regency England where his devout Muslim faith
is stamped out, he is given a new identity ("Ollie"), and the harsh schools of Dickens' age teach him how to be both a Christian and a proper Englishman.


Good fortune and keen wits helps Ollie become a wealthy young man, but
restlessness drives him further to the west, to New York, the heartland of American revivalism,
 where a series
of heartbreaking tragedies turn him against all religions and every "man of the

As he bitterly rages against God, the best friend left behind becomes the trailblazer of a new religion--neither
Christian nor Muslim--that 
is declared a heresy and savagely persecuted by a ruthless Persian regime. The startlingly different paths of these two best friends finally
converge, with each on opposite sides of a climactic armed battle that may
alter the lives and beliefs of millions.

★★★★★ "Lindberg, who already has a film under his belt, has written a true book, in the tradition of the likes of Dickens and Tolkien.★★★★★
-- Pamela Bell, Amazon Reviewer

★★★★★ "At its heart, "Ollie's Cloud" is a deeply moving and personal story about how good intentions can be overwhelmed by the events of life.★★★★★
-- Moeller, Amazon Reviewer

★★★★★ "Totally relatable -- I felt like I was watching my best friends grow up!★★★★★
-- Brant Zwiefel, Amazon Reader

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 859 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 538 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1939548020
  • Editeur : Calumet Editions (8 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BCCV3T2
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Six Stars (if they allowed)! 18 février 2013
Par Danielle Callahan - Publié sur
This is an amazing historical novel set in the years 1823 to 1853. It's the spiritual journey of two best friends in Persia who, at twelve years of age, have the same dream-- to become mullas, "priests" in the Islamic Faith. But one boy, Ali, the son of a small village mayor, is abducted from his father and whisked away to Regency London. The story, always full of astonishing but believable surprises, follows both boys as they grow up and face numerous disappointments and tragedies. Ali inevitably turns against God, while his friend is caught up in the birth and propagation of a new religion that the Islamic regime considers heresy and sets out to brutally persecute.

While reading, I found it is impossible to predict where the story would go next and how the characters would respond to each dramatic turn of events. The story has something for everyone - romance, murder, great tragedy, vivid characters, even an epic military battle with the highest stakes imaginable. The conclusion, once you get there, seems inevitable and surprising at the same time--and both heartbreaking and uplifting. If you only read one historical this year, make it this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riveting Historical Fiction 18 février 2013
Par BEC - Publié sur
This book was too long to read in one sitting or I absolutely would have. (Actually, I wanted it to be longer!) I was absolutely riveted by the characters and the story. The book is literate and absolutely delightful to read. Fifty pages in I felt like I was living the story with these characters. Every page, it seems, has some genuine insights on the human condition as well. There seems to have been a tremendous amount of research and attention to historical accuracy all the way through, which I appreciate. While reading I was totally lost in this era of time and the amazing assortment of vividly drawn locations from Persia to London, New York City, and upstate New York. I think even people who don't normally read historical fiction will enjoy this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Prophets 28 février 2013
Par Eldon Kimball - Publié sur
Two boys dream of being the first to identify a Muslim prophet who is due to appear soon. As Gary follows the two boys, we get dramatic views of the good, bad and the ugly of the major religions of that time and in the countries where the stories unfold. The reader will have no problem recognizing that the horrible scenes presented are very real even today, as are the sublime. But the book is not just a commentary on religion. It is a very gripping story about how two boys start out as best friends but take two separate paths and find themselves in a life and death conflict with each other when Ollie becomes so bitter about the tragedies he feels God has subjected him to that he devotes his life to punishing God.
As the author points out, the early to mid 1800s were very active for both western and mid-east religions. Religious fervor was very high in England, United States, and Persia in particular. Gary Lindberg has chosen to write a historical novel set in this period, I am sure, because it is such an exciting time for a student of religious history. And Gary clearly is more than just a student, as has been superbly demonstrated in his other two novels. A novel is fiction by definition, but this story has a lot more history than the casual reader will begin to imagine without doing considerable research to seek out the truth.
I think this book is even better from a literature standpoint than his two previous thrillers were; and that is saying something. It is a book I would really love to see become a best seller because the underlying message is so important today and so well presented in the form of a very enjoyable novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Breathtaking 7 avril 2013
Par Moeller - Publié sur
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This is truly an epic saga covering two generations and three continents, but at its heart "Ollie's Cloud" is a deeply moving and personal story about how good intentions can be overwhelmed by the events of life. Which of us cannot relate to that? In this fascinating, unpredictable book, a boy's simple goal of dedicating himself to the service of God gets horribly reversed, while the same heartfelt goal by his best friend results in an adventurous journey to the very apex of his desire. The story coninues to haunt me and I remember the characters as if they were my close friends. Pehaps they are. I suspect I will read this book again after I've caught my breath.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpected journey 5 avril 2013
Par Holly in Minneapolis - Publié sur
What can I say? "Ollie's Cloud" takes you on a wholly unexpected journey, not only geographically (nineteenth-century Persia, Regency London, and New York), but through the growing-up of two 12-year-old boys who find themselves on remarkably divergent paths though they seek the same thing. The main character, Ali (who is given the name "Ollie" after being Christianized in England), is one of the most vivid characters I've come across. I confess I started thinking of him almost as my own son as he endured countless tragedies, made some impossibly bad decisions (some of which broke my heart), yet still seemed somehow to hang onto his compassion for the less fortunate. This book has adventure, intrigue, romance, and the kind of authentic period details that effortlessly whisk you away to another time and place. I never could have guessed where this remarkable tale would end up, but the journey was certainly worth it.
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