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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
A man used to always being in control, Fred was very much disturbed by the unknown or by what he could not manipulate and/or control. The root cause of his latest troubles lay in four coded pages he had recently discovered in a book written over a thousand years ago by a monk. He became obsessed with deciphering the message on those pages and, once he did, life as he knew it ended. Suddenly he was filled with anger, frustration and severe depression. He knew there was only one way to end his suffering and that was by ending his life; and he almost succeeded. But how did a coded message written over a thousand years ago make him suicidal?
Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill is a deeply compelling historical fiction novel. Although a work of fiction, the story is a depiction of England's history and the power dynamics at the time. It is a richly detailed story and many times I found myself forgetting that I was reading a work of fiction as the historical events described felt very authentic. The setting of the story and the character development were simply amazing as we dived into Paul and Fred's compelling background stories. Paul and Fred were two people so different and yet so alike. The pace of the story was set from the beginning and this held true to the very last page. Jeanbill used a unique and very captivating style in developing this story.