Escape from the Past

Escape from the Past : The Duke's Wrath

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When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he's sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn't realize that 1) He's been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He's playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional: to return home he must decipher the game's rules and complete its missionsif he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the pastforever. Now Max is trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets' nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 299 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Lodestone Books
  • Alresford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846949734
  • 9781846949739

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I loved this book. I connected with the characters straight away and felt that I knew each one of them. I couldn't put it down, and was disappointed when I finished. I shall definitely be reading the next installment. I'm passionate about history and I get so excited when an author introduces me to new historical facts. Annette Oppenlander has done just that. She has taken a wonderful story from history, added her own fictional characters and has written a fantastic novel. -- Debbie Skerton Netgalley/Goodreads Escape from the Past literally dragged me head-first into this amazing adventure. Honestly, I usually don't enjoy historically fiction, but this book is rad! I love the main character, Max, his story is really relatable and funny. I mean I totally got his back when he was getting dragged into the video game and his first thought was his mother and her reaction about seeing the video game. I loved the whole concept of this book, I've never heard of anything like it. Being sucked into a virtual reality by a video game? AWESOME MUCH? I seriously loved Max's relationships with the other characters and also just his reaction to this insane place. Escape from the Past is written beautifully and I just love the story! Definitely a great YA book! Five stars! -- Blogger The Book Adventures of Emily When 15-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson decides to try his hand at the master level of an unpublished video game, he isn't prepared for the ultimate gaming experience: being transported into the actual past. This turns out to be medieval Germany, 1471, and Castle Hanstein, near the village of Rimbach, and the Klausenhof Inn, which still exists today in present-day Germany. Without any clues about the game's rules, missions or even how to return to his time, Max uses his ingenuity, whatever he remembers from history lessons about the places and time, and friendships with a peasant boy, a healer, a beautiful servant girl, a lady in distress, knights, squires, and the lord of the castle to help him survive and pick his way through ordeals and hardships.The historical details in the novel are on the mark and describe just enough to reveal the conditions of medieval life as a peasant, servant, craftsman, lord, lady, squire, and knight. Max stumbles through in time and masters the game, but matures and comes out a changed young man. Geared to a young adult audience, Escape from the Past is an entertaining and fast-paced read that guarantees to thrill any young reader or gamer's wish to be a hero in a faraway time. Historical Novel Society
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About Annette Oppenlander

Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults. When she isn't in front of her computer, she loves indulging her mutt, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.
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89 ratings
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