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The Queen & the Spymaster tells the story of the unlikely champions of Ancient Persia and of a thousand-year vendetta that presages modern historical events in Iran and Afghanistan. Readers are transported to the exotic fortress city of Susa, the imperial palace, and the royal harem, where truth wears a mask. Rapoport meticulously describes a royal court populated by an in The Queen & the Spymaster tells the story of the unlikely champions of Ancient Persia and of a thousand-year vendetta that presages modern historical events in Iran and Afghanistan. Readers are transported to the exotic fortress city of Susa, the imperial palace, and the royal harem, where truth wears a mask. Rapoport meticulously describes a royal court populated by an intricate shadow-world of spies and informants—a sinister brotherhood with orders to draw a target on the king's back; rival cabinet ministers who command private armies; an orphaned girl with a gift for languages and an innate political intuition; a queen who, unbeknownst to all, is a secret agent; and the shrewd tactician who controls her.


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The Queen & the Spymaster tells the story of the unlikely champions of Ancient Persia and of a thousand-year vendetta that presages modern historical events in Iran and Afghanistan. Readers are transported to the exotic fortress city of Susa, the imperial palace, and the royal harem, where truth wears a mask. Rapoport meticulously describes a royal court populated by an in The Queen & the Spymaster tells the story of the unlikely champions of Ancient Persia and of a thousand-year vendetta that presages modern historical events in Iran and Afghanistan. Readers are transported to the exotic fortress city of Susa, the imperial palace, and the royal harem, where truth wears a mask. Rapoport meticulously describes a royal court populated by an intricate shadow-world of spies and informants—a sinister brotherhood with orders to draw a target on the king's back; rival cabinet ministers who command private armies; an orphaned girl with a gift for languages and an innate political intuition; a queen who, unbeknownst to all, is a secret agent; and the shrewd tactician who controls her.

7 review for The Queen the Spymaster: A Novel Based on the Story of Esther

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chava

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ambivalent about "biblical fiction." I am interested to see how the author develops a story from the biblical text, but I am often disappointed (and often outraged) at the author's use of creative license or how far the fiction can deviate from the actual text. On top of that, this one is 520 pages. On the positive side, the author obviously has a passion for the story of Purim, and she did a lot of research. I really appreciated the historical background that put the situation in perspective. On Ambivalent about "biblical fiction." I am interested to see how the author develops a story from the biblical text, but I am often disappointed (and often outraged) at the author's use of creative license or how far the fiction can deviate from the actual text. On top of that, this one is 520 pages. On the positive side, the author obviously has a passion for the story of Purim, and she did a lot of research. I really appreciated the historical background that put the situation in perspective. On the other hand, there were so many details about certain things -- the king's signet ring, how Haman picked the date to kill the Jews, Esther's preparations to be with the king -- that when you know the story of Purim, just bog down the progress. Billed as a novel, it reads more like narrative non-fiction. After pages and pages of clothing and jewelry descriptions, of subtle innuendo about how Esther and the king had sex, and about Mordechai and his network of spies and informants, the climax of the story was recounted rather summarily, and wrapped up quickly. If I hadn't read the original every year for most of my life, I probably would have found the book more interesting. But one of the beauties of the original text is that so much is implied by the succinct use of words and phrases, so that ten chapters get the job done.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Randi

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Hung

  7. 5 out of 5

    Doug Ward

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