HOW OLD IS ARTHUR MERLLIN? REALLY?

I recently sent my book, The Secret of Excalibur,  to Self-Publishing Review for, well, a review. And, once again, Arthur Merlin has been referred to as a “young man.”  The reviewer was even confused as to whether this was a YA book or not.  WTH?  Don’t people understand what they read anymore?  So, how old is Arthur Merlin, really?

Self-Publishing Review

To be honest, Arthur’s age isn’t actually stated in the book.  Not like Ruth’s age.  When Ruth marks the coin that Arthur uses in his trick for her and Gladys, she writes RB 31 on one side and GK 52 on the other.  Obviously, that means Ruth is 31-years old.

But the clues are still there if you just read them.  The story starts out in 1987.  Arthur served time in the military during the Vietnam War which went from 1955 to 1975.   If Arthur entered the military in 1955, that would have made him roughly 50 years-old in 1987.  If he joined in 1973 or 1974, that would make him around 32-years old.  Now, we’re getting closer.

What most people don’t know is that there was a 12 year age difference between Bob and me.  He was born in 1946, me in 1958.  And, that Ruth and Arthur were actually Bob and me.  So, thinking along those lines, since Bob isn’t around to ask anymore, Arthur was most likely 43.  Definitely not a ‘young man.’

Anyway, below is the 4 star review I received back from Self-Publishing Review.  The reviewer also got some of the story line mixed up, but I’m still happy with the review.  If you haven’t read my award-winning, Amazon bestseller book yet, it will be on 99 cent promo starting 10-22-16.

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“It’s the 1980s. His name is Arthur Merlin, and he’s on a quest for Excalibur.

When an accident goes very, very awry, one young man walks away better than ever before. He can control things with his mind, teleport, and more. When the US government wants this young man found, he makes his way to London to find out more, with the assistance of a secret branch of the MIs. But what exactly is Excalibur, and how dangerous is it in the wrong hands? Find out in The Secret of Excalibur by Sahara Foley.

The legend of King Arthur has been given a modern twist as the folk-tale is transmuted into an urban fantasy setting, giving the story a whole new edge. The tiring possibilities the concept raises are clearly noted by the author, who attempted to assuage those doubts early on with an infectious kind of absurdist humor. The idea is silly, and the Foley isn’t here to tell you otherwise – she’s here to ride that wave and steer the story in a way that it can embrace that while becoming something more.

The characters are mismatched, yet have a great chemistry and a lot of unexpected depth. The plot is metered and springs unexpected turns that just really work, even the really, really unexpected ones. The book is odd, and it just works, really going above expectations from what a quick blurb can give you.

The characters are a bit tell-don’t-show, as they constantly narrate their situations with an unrelenting sense of humor that can find itself ill-placed. In return, the story tries to take serious turns that are frequently unravelled by the comedic bent the author has established throughout. If the book had fully committed to farce or to a straight-faced drama this would not have been an issue, instead of walking a very fine line without enough discipline to stay on-point.

It’s also unclear whether this is meant to be aimed at a young adult audience or above with its very scattershot references and this unsteady balance of seriousness. The attempt is admirable, and if only the gambit had paid off we would have something to really blow your socks off; alas, The Secret of Excalibur draws just a little short on these points.

The book is genuinely enjoyable when willing to simply enjoy the ride. It certainly has its share of critical failings, yet the bottom line is that it’s cracking good fun. It’s a silly story that draws on all sorts of different sources to make a lightly absurd urban fantasy that really tickles your funny bone without becoming too exhausting or overplaying the comedy. It’s clear that the author had a lot of fun writing the book, which easily transfers from the page to any receptive reader. It’s hard to fault anything that really is so fun to get into, groan-inducing as it can be here and there. It’s King Arthur meets James Bond and Foley hits the right notes in the mix.”

4 Stars

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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