||April 3, 2012
Edward is the growing up of a great man in Tudor England, and about the past-life regression which brought it out. The interactive eBook has 61 links to show you the facts of the story.
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Edward - the novel by Mike Voyce
If you’re very clever, and very lucky, you will learn from the practice of Law, sometimes even in the court itself, that the Truth is subjective. The truth of a novel is also subjective and, exactly as with a just and winning case, the truth of a great novel will stay with you and change your life. In Edward I have played with the Truth; taking exact and accurate facts to tell a particular story, which for 500 years was obscured from History. Here you will not find internal inconsistency or lapses of plot. Reviewers like it; but, if all I wanted was popularity I would not have told a story from the Life. The power of Edward bends Reality such that further doors have been opened, through 2 websites and numerous hyperlinks they have been opened for you.
In the latest edition of Edward I have played with this access to Reality, through more than 60 hyperlinks, including 2 dedicated video links, you can explore issues surrounding Edward; from the recorded history of characters around him to the legend of the Holy Grail, from present day places to the sound of medieval music, even spirit guides.
The interactive edition of Edward is revolutionary; it should change the nature of eBooks, and for that reason I’m now giving it away FREE Beyond Edward itself, I wish to demonstrate what can be done with eBooks, simple principles which could be used by any writer or publisher. Download it soon, for there will come a time when the point of my humble innovation will have been made, and I shall impose a charge.
Edward was the heir to the duke of Buckingham, the rightful heir to the throne, on the run for his life from Richard III at the age of 5, and hardly safer under the new king; but what of that dangerous woman the King’s mother, Eadie whom he loved and Alainore whom he would be forced to marry?
For more of his story, or for that of the author, a senior partner in a Law firm, locked in unravelling what happened 500 years ago, you can see the original edition (still available) or Google Mike Voyce.
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Review by: Nicholas Ginex
My first impression of Mike Voyce’s novel was his fine writing style. His sentences were not long, flowery, or pedantic but clear and enjoyable to read. He created a tension between two main characters very nicely and the affection between them was charming and offered anticipation of greater things to follow in their relationship.
You entered into the life of Edward when he was just a little boy. Your novel is beautifully written in a story-spun fashion that takes the reader to another period of time. Good work!! I liked the way you transitioned from the present into the past and back with your hypnotic ability to live the life of an interesting figure.
As the author, you constantly talk to the reader, which shows a masterful touch at writing. I liked how you explained to the reader that you will later describe why the Duke of Buckingham rebelled. I also tend to talk to the reader in making a point. You did so with the following on Page 24, “Man proposes but God disposes and Man’s destiny is not in his own hands.” But also, I like the way you digress to read a novel within a novel; “the novelty is to reveal what lay in my mind (Page 39).”
It’s funny that you mentioned Giordano Bruno on Page 40 for he was introduced to me by overhearing a conversation between my father and his brothers. In writing “Future of God Amen,” I researched the life of this man and was impressed with his perception and existence of life in other parts of our universe. He was presented in the first chapter as one of the reasons that motivated me to write the book. It was after he wrote “De I’Infinito, Universo e Mondi” that gave the Church Fathers reason to burn him at the stake.
After reading Pages through 66, I was interested in your wanderings into the question of the soul. You had channeled many times by now into Edward’s life and I particularly enjoyed your association of Eadie to Sarah. At this point, I am became interested in your thoughts about the soul and how one’s life may be linked to past lives. In any case, I have enjoyed how you weave a story and the style of your writing. If was as if I was reading something I would have written in terms of your writing style.
The brief history of England’s kings, princes, and so on was somewhat interesting for I never was exposed to the many marriages that were legitimate verses second-hand picks towards the throne. Upon reaching Page 195, I learned much about Edward, in particular, the growing love relationship and intimacy with Eadie; his first true love. I was impressed with the training Edward received from Thomas in swordsmanship. It was exciting reading to see his success with somebody that challenged him to the death, and later how he stood off five upstarts intent on killing him in an inn. After the two fights to defend himself and save his life, Edward got some wise counseling from William Gibbons and it is repeated here for others to add to their store or wisdom: “Listen to me, Edward, if you remain so open and honest, if you continue to be ruled by your heart instead of your head, it will lead straight to the block.”
As a writer, you have a great understanding of love and fortunate to have met women with intelligence, good looks, and love of life; yet you are wise to know that what is really needed, by both man and woman, is to love someone who returns your love, with a pure heart and a true spirit (Page271).
There was a little philosophical thought you tinkered with about fatalism and predestination whereby Edward was bound to meet his duties as a subject of the King (Page 286). In reverence to the King, duty and position had to be honored in deference to pride and arrogance in defending a principle. Still, Edward, you, and I share another point of view and that is, “On the other hand, I railed against injustices and demanded of Heaven and Earth my sovereign right to amend what didn't please me. What a sick joke does that same human misery make if we have the power but not the wit or the will to change it?” It is these words that reminded me why I wrote and continue to reveal to others how God was first conceived by mankind in Future of God Amen.
Review Ramblings by Rebecka
I mistakenly believed when I sat down to read this book that I was just going to read historical fiction. Imagine my surprise and delight to find so much more.
Edward de Stafford rightful heir to the throne of England was cheated out of his birth right, money, love, and family. Edward’s father Duke Henry was beheaded for treason, when Edward was but a child. He is forced from his mother by edict of the most devious woman in British history, Lady Margaret Beaufort Countess of Richmond and Derby.
Edward is sent to live with Lady Margaret as her ward. She is determined that Edward be kept from the throne in favor of her own son Henry. Edward is drawn to Eadie the daughter of one of Lady Margaret’s ladies-in-waiting. As they frolic in the woods Edward and Eadie become inseparable playmates and best friends. That friendship grows into a deep and abiding love. However, Edward’s station and servitude to Lady Margaret keeps him from making Eadie anything more than his mistress.
Lady Margaret is the foundress of St. John’s and Christ’s colleges at Cambridge. She sends Edward there to separate him from Eadie and their daughter Abigail. Edward is forced to attend Cambridge under strict rules from Lady Margaret. While seen as a devout and pious woman, Lady Margaret is evil and bends people to her will.
She robs Edward’s properties of their rents and arranges a marriage for him. Neither Edward nor his betrothed are eager for the wedding to take place. In fact, Alianore plots with her cousin to have Edward killed on two occasions. While neither attempt is successful the relationship between them does not improve.
Edward the dutiful subject goes into service for his King (Henry VII). When the fighting is over he heads for home, but is detained in celebration. Eadie finds her life in peril. She is being persecuted as a witch. Edward returns to his home to find his love, daughter, and mentor dead. It is with heart-wrenching sadness he bears them home.
While the book is the life of Edward as seen through the eyes of the author, it is much more. It is the truth behind the Tudor Monarchy. How the machinations of one woman led to stealing the throne from the rightful heirs. History treats Lady Margaret as a kind and giving woman, truth is she was devious and underhanded. She used people for her own gain and to further the career of her son.
How much of Edward’s life was preordained? How much was the result of others using their influence? How much was Edward’s own naivety? That we will never know. Mike Voyce spins a wonderful tale while setting the record straight. Kudos for the novel way in which he approached the writing of Edward. This is a story that will stay with me for a long time.
Edward was of the house of Plantagenet. What Mike Voyce did not know when he sent me his book is Hamelin Plantagenet Earl of Surrrey deAnjou is my 21st great grandfather, making Edward part of my extended family. It was a wonderful read. I found myself there watching the scenes from the sidelines. I wanted to shout at my ancestor that he needed to pay attention there was evil working against him. I wanted to help find the truths.
If you are looking for a book that will make you think, make you question history, this is the one you want. Edward was a tragic hero. This book is filled with love, intrigue, lies, and deceit. The layers of lies and deceit changed the course of a nation. Thank you, Mike for trying to set things right.
Historical Novel Review
I found this book intriguing. It is not a simple read and it will make you ask some questions about what you believe in regards to Tudor history, religious history and thought channelling.
I never believed Richard II killed his nephews and have never had a ‘love’ of the Tudors, so what the author ‘saw’ in his channelling is quiet credible to me, but then I believe in reincarnation, so I might have a bias there, too.
What I don’t believe is the story of the Holy Grail, or for that matter most religious ‘truths’. I’m not religious at all, but that’s not for me to talk about here. I feel the author, as Edward, did see such episodes in regards to The Holy Grail, and that is believable because the people of those times believed deeply in the religious stories. So for Edward to believe he had special stones, a special sword, etc, is highly likely true. But as a modern person I don’t.
The story is in two parts – the author in his modern life, and the (past) when he channels Edward. Both parts of this story are very interesting. The story flows smoothly between the two, and there are only a few small areas where the merge of modern and historical don’t work well for me and I had to double back and see where the change happened. When we’re deep in Edward’s time I was hooked and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Mike Voyce can write a story rather well and his story is well worth the effort it took him to get it written and published. If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll like this book, and if you are in any way curious about reincarnation and channelling then again, this a book for you.
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