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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
“These are the times that try men’s souls.” – Thomas Paine. Novum Orbis Regium is an engaging thriller by W.A. Holdsworth. In 476 CE, King Arthur’s cavalry fights the Saxons at Mons Badonicus. An unusual fog covers the Saxon army, enabling Arthur to end the war and focus on bringing harmony to the world. Fifteen centuries later, his descendant, William MacCrarey, Deputy Ambassador to the UN, carries on his legacy. MacCrarey’s work and vision to maintain worldwide democracy are undermined by General Secretary Boujeau and General Schoen. They conspire to turn the country into a white supremacy affiliated with the Christian National Fellowship Pact. However, the heir of Arthur stands in their way. Schoen’s dark past also yearns to come to light and claim its revenge.
“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” – Leonardo da Vinci. Novum Orbis Regium will keep you in a contemplative mood with its historical and contemporary facts and figures, as well as a religious theme. Its politics and some characters were realistic, while certain acts of discrimination displayed are similar to modern times. I felt the impact of W.A. Holdsworth’s strong, imaginative storytelling. The characters were impressive and it was nice seeing a new twist on King Arthur. There was a particular twist that took me off guard and I loved it. This thriller was truly a delight to read and is one that will make an interesting debate discussion with its quotes, scripture verses, and other significant references. This book is highly recommended.