Broken Pieces

Jack Canon's American Destiny

Author Interview – James Shipman @jshipman_author

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Do you find the time to read?

Yes, I constantly read.  I love to read history and fantasy.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My optimism.  I feel I’m able to stay pretty positive and bounce back from most of the horrid things that come along in life.  Most.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

During law school I received a full scholarship for my second and third years.  That was a pretty exciting moment for me.

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite food?

Spicy beef teriyaki with brown rice (the brown rice is my concession to something quasi-healthy).

In 1453 Constantinople is the impregnable jewel of the East. It has stood as the greatest Christian city for a millennium as hordes have crashed fruitlessly against its walls.

But Mehmet II, the youthful Sultan of the Ottoman Turks, has besieged the city. His opponent is Constantine XI, the wise and capable ruler of the crumbling Eastern Roman Empire. Mehmet, distrusted by his people and hated by his Grand Vizer, must accomplish what all those before him have failed to do: capture Constantinople. To prove that he deserves the throne that his father once took from him, Mehmet, against all advice, storms the city. If he fails, he will not only have failed himself and his people, but he will surely lose his life.

On the other side of the city walls, the emperor Constantine must find a way to stop the greatest army in the medieval world. To finance his defenses, he becomes a beggar to the Pope, the Italian city-states, and the Hungarians. But the price for aid is high: The Pope demands the Greeks reunite the Eastern and Western churches and accept the Latin faith. If Constantine wants aid for his people he must choose between their lives and their souls.

Two leaders, two peoples, two faiths battle for their future before the mighty walls of Constantinople.

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – PG

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