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March 22, 2016


The Dark Ages Saga of Tristan de Saint Germain 
Robert E. Hirsch

(from Amazon)
 Promise of the Black Monks - Robert E. Hirsch's hot-selling dynamic new historical fiction

Religious war erupts between Church and King

A young man, who is predestined to be the catalyst of war, is torn between his heart and the church: one he knows to be his true love and the other a farce.
Born of nobility in France in the year 1066, the fate of seven-year-old Tristan de Saint-Germain is thrown to the winds upon the execution of his father for treason against William the Conqueror of Normandy. Then, abandoned by his mother who remarries and departs for England, Tristan and his four-year-old brother find themselves thrown into the monastic world of the Benedictine Black Monks of Cluny, France. Under the tutelage of Grand Prior Odo de Lagery , who one day will ascend to the very pinnacle of power within the Catholic Church in Rome, Tristan develops into an academic and linguistic prodigy by the age of twelve and becomes known as the Promise of the Black Monks.
Tristan’s unusual talents become useful to the Benedictines as well as to Rome, and the boy soon finds himself pulled into the visceral power struggle between Pope Gregory VII and Emperor Henrich IV as they mercilessly wage spiritual, political and military war upon each other to claim supremacy over the continent of Europe.

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  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: W & B Publishers Inc. (February 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942981600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942981602

This is a wonderful piece of writing that grabs  hold of you from the first page.  You become so a part of the characters, especially Tristan and his younger brother.  Two young boys, father executed for treason and abandoned by mother after she remarries and goes to England.  The boys end up in Benedictine Black Monks monastery in Cluny, France. Tristen is a gifted prodigy whose talents will be used by the Benedictines as well as Rome.  He soon finds himself in a struggle between pope Gregory VII and Emperor Heinrich IV. Read and find out what title he is given at the ripe old age of twelve.
The author, Robert E. Hirsch wrote a historical fiction novel that will take you back in time to another day, another world. The descriptions of the characters and what they go through will place you right there among the black monks.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is fond of the Dark Ages and what went on at that time.  I'm not usually into books of this kind, but this one was different. I think it was partly  because of Tristen and his little brother.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Robert E. Hirsch in exchange for my unbiased view. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

 Robert E. Hirsch was born in Korea (1949), but sent at age five, by his Korean, Buddhist mother, to his biological American father (an Army captain) in the United States at the end of the Korean War. Post-war Korea was a land of starvation, abject poverty, and political uncertainty, and children of mixed birth were socially shunned. He gained American citizenship at age twelve, having traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. In 1962, he was enrolled in a French lycée (grades 8-10), although he could not speak French in the beginning. At age forty-five, through chance, he reunited with his mother after a separation of forty years, sharing many visits before her death in 2010. The turbulence and circumstances of his upbringing has greatly impacted his perceptions of race, nationality and culture, as well as the themes of his writing. Since retiring as a public school superintendent (Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 2012), he has become involved in public speaking, educational consulting and writing. His debut novel, Contrition, was published in 2012 (JournalStone Publishing), and he is now completing book five of the Tristan Series: Promise of the Black Monks, Hammer of God, A Horde of Fools, and God’s Scarlet Fury. “We are each and every one, without exception, caught in sweeping currents of time and circumstance that far outweigh our feeble capacity to repel,” says Hirsch, “thus the woe of the human condition, thus the subject of my writing: historical fiction that delves into the human heart and it’s enduring struggle to... keep hope alive.”

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