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Tome Tender: Summoned by Rainy Kay Summoned, 1 Get ready for a twisted and convoluted tale of a young man caught up in a world he does not understand. A dark legacy has been handed down through the generations that make him a pawn to an often emotionally cruel and brutal master. Fierce sibling rivalry, failed love affairs, substance abuse, and the magical redemptive power of cinema. Ghosts too! Analyze Compare Accounts Search Hashtags. Trending Trending Topics. Film Music Books. Jakobson's three living children from his marriages - including Maggie Wheeler who played Janice on Friends - were included in the will.
Marina is the allegedly product of his affair with her mother Marie Squerciati, who wrote for TV in the s and 80s and wrote for the Village Voice as well as the New York Times. The affair allegedly lasted for a year and led to Marina's birth in August Jakobson went on to marry his widow Joan Jakobson in with whom they shared a son named Nicholas.
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From his first marriage with college sweetheart Barbara Jakobson he had three children, one of whom has passed away. He sent flowers and birthday gifts as well to Marina, and even invested in a play she appeared in. Executor of his estate, son Nicholas Jakobson pictured left with his sister Caitlin Rea Clark has claimed there's no written evidence of a promise. Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice on Friends, is also the mogul's daughter. Now under the 'dead man's statute' Nicholas wants to block Marie from testifying about their alleged verbal communications.
Despite oral promises that he'd provide a 'substantial' trust for Marina in his will, it seems the Wall Street mogul neglected to do so. When Marina got engaged, her mother allegedly asked Jakobson for a gift to which he allegedly reaffirmed that she 'would receive money under his will'. His will however includes money for his first and second wives, three surviving children and stepdaughter, but not for Marina.
In her court filings she said that the price of her silence was 'extraordinary' and that she missed out on the opportunity to build a relationship with her alleged father and was denied 'any relationship whatsoever with her half-siblings'. Despite these claims, Jakobson's widow Joan says she was unaware of the existence of her late husband's supposed love child. She said she was John's daughter? This has all hit me, like, I don't know - a snowstorm,' she said to the Post. The bombshell news led the Squerciatis to reach out to his estate last September to inquire whether Marina was named a beneficiary, according to court papers.
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Nicholas Jakobson has 'devoted substantial time and Court filings by the estate say Marina's allegations have 'no basis in fact or law' and 'amounts to nothing more than an avaricious attempt to enforce an alleged, vague oral promise made to [her] mother, rather than to herself, and which resulted in no legally recognizable injury to her'. Lawyers added that even if Marina could prove that Jakobson was her father, she lacks written evidence of his promise to leave her money in his will, saying she had 'ample opportunity as an adult' to have her father put his word in writing.
The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Wall Street mogul John R. Share this article Share. I'm not convinced that a "Tournament of the King" could ever work. Right from the start, I furrowed my brow thinking, "How has no one in the history of this country just decided to assassinate all the other contenders? Voss only gives you tidbits to flesh out this fantasy world, but somehow it works.
If only he'd populated it with more engrossing people. I give Rise of the Destroyer three stars. Here's why it wasn't two. I really think this book was just a prelude. And unfortunately, a pretty boring prelude, for the most part. The last quarter of the book was a happy exception to my statement. The pace picked up remarkably well. I found myself intrigued.
I really hope the sequels can keep that pace. May 04, Sal rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. The writing, though not childish, felt like it was aimed at a young generation, i. I couldn't quite pinpoint the reasons why I felt this in the beginning, however, the prologue moved smoothly and swiftly and I was very interested in reading on after it.
I loved how the author started off the main story, after all the chaos in the prologue- peace and calm- just a happy man traveling along with his family o 2. I loved how the author started off the main story, after all the chaos in the prologue- peace and calm- just a happy man traveling along with his family on a beautiful day. You get a sense that huge turn of events that would change his life that was about to come.
The calm before the storm. The plot that followed afterwards- I enjoyed it, but it was predictable. Too many hints were dropped to early, and clues were too obvious- they spelt the rest of the plot out for the reader. I would have liked it to be far more mysterious, more intriguing, more subtle. The main character, though he was not portrayed as unintelligent, appeared to be It felt as if that the only reason he was unaware of the 'plan' was so that the story could carry on, and so the climax in the book could be reached.
Lets talk about the main character more. Aldrick sounds like a really likeable guy. Wise, good personality, selfless. Hero qualities, I might add. It's just that- I wanted to love him. When I meet a main character, I want to become so invested in him, that when something bad happens to them, I am devasted. When something good occurs, I jump with joy. Unfortunately, I didn't get that with aldrick, nor with the other characters.
And the big reason is going to be in my next paragraph. Character interaction, their thoughts, their feelings, their words. This is the main problem I have. It's not bad, it's just confusing. Most of the characters are grown men and women who I presume are in their thirties and above. But they don't read their age. Their personality seems a little exaggerated and cartoonized is that a word?
To have treated this as a mature read, I would have needed much more nit and grit. Show me. Then I stopped, started from the beginning and re-read this as a book targeted for the younger audience.
Then I enjoyed it a lot. The plot no longer felt like it moved too quickly, characters although they were grown men no longer seemed odd and unrelatable? I think I keep making up words I felt the last quarter of the book was great. Would I recommend it? Yes, but not to someone the same age or older.
Not because they wouldn't enjoy it, but for the same reason I wouldn't especially recommend Roald Dahl to them. Would I read the sequels? B thank you to the author and to the 'Read it and Reap' section of Goodreads for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a completely honest review. Obviously, this review is completely subjective and I often have really strange opinions that differ from everybody else's, but I've tried to express my thoughts and feelings as I progressed through the book, which resulted in an essay of ramble.
May 05, Mary Holland rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is part one of an epic fantasy trilogy. Five hundred years after Sargon the Destroyer was defeated, ominous signs indicate he may have risen again. The hero, Aldrick, carries it to the city of Asturia, where he plans to witness the tournament selecting the next king of Asturia. Someone is poisoning or assassinating nobles, and strange things are happening in the tournament. There are several problems with this story. First, it is not very original in setting or concept.
The world is pseudo-medieval: kings, nobles, tournaments, castles, horses, and peasants. The names have a similar recycled flavor. The tone of the writing, especially the early descriptions, is ponderous and semi-formal, reflecting a desire to write quasi-medieval, but it is difficult for the authors to sustain. It lapses into modern colloquial English, particularly in the dialogs.
One sequence, where the hero is reading a story to his son, reads exactly like the beginning of The Princess Bride, where the little boy continuously interrupts, complaining the story is boring. The pace drags, as the reader waits for the hero to act.
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The hero ignores all clues from the evil or possessed characters, such as sudden greed, ignoring the poor, or rigging a tournament using black magic. The hero cannot believe in his guilt, and in fact the book ends as he is attempting to decide what to do. May 08, Lauren rated it liked it. I found myself drawn into the setting and wanting to know more about the history and mythos of the world. I could clearly picture the place — another strength of the book is that there is enough detail to imagine everything but not so much that I felt overloaded with images.
Aldrick, the main character, reminisces on books he read as a childhood, and we get snippets from these, but I wanted more in several places, mostly because it was so intriguing.
The strength of the world itself was not totally reflected in the characters, however. I actually like that several of the characters, like Brodan, are somewhat unlikeable — it makes them seem more real in a genre where so many authors are afraid to make their characters anything other than charming. Aldrick, an investigator from Ubarra, is traveling with his family to Akkadia for The Tournament of the King.
Aldrick is attacked on the road not far from Akkadia and discovers something very startling. He hopes his father Tiberius can give him the answers he seeks. Regent Brodan insists that he'll win The Tournament of the King without a doubt. Yet Aldrick finds it hard to believe and hopes for the sake of his friend that it's true.
People with noble blood are being killed yet no one knows the Aldrick, an investigator from Ubarra, is traveling with his family to Akkadia for The Tournament of the King. People with noble blood are being killed yet no one knows the reason why. Meanwhile in Illyria, Prince Garrick goes missing again. Squire Warren is sent out to search for him and doesn't find him.
King Zabalan is holding a Gathering and appears to be acting strangely. Gilmourne is points leader in the Tournament of the King which frustrates Brodan to no end. Aldrick is witness to yet another attack which leaves him to question who is behind these attacks. What will Tiberius and Aldrick learn?
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Who is behind these attacks? Why is Brodan so sure? Who is Gilmourne really? Your answers await you in Rise of the Destroyer. I really enjoyed this book. I've always been a fan of fantasy books because you can go to magical places that can transform your world just little bit. I thought that lore, legends, and tales were well chosen and clever. For me, this book had me diving to the story like I was there which reminds me of You're Here Videos from school.
I look forward to the next installment. Jan 22, K. Lever rated it really liked it.
Let me first start by saying that this is not my normal genre. It took me 3 days to read this book. Normally, between working multiple jobs and raising a family, it will take me at least a week before I can fully dive into a story. The great thing about this book is that it MADE me give it time.
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I even found that I was thinking about the book after I had put it down. My only complaints were that I felt like, because I read the prologue, it caused me to get a bit lost and confused in the middle of Let me first start by saying that this is not my normal genre. My only complaints were that I felt like, because I read the prologue, it caused me to get a bit lost and confused in the middle of the book. The prologue was gripping and exciting, but I found myself constantly waiting for more of those characters later in the story. I felt like it was kind of a let down that they weren't in the story more.
Also, I felt like there was a lot of traveling. I find it odd that when I think back on the book, the main points that come to mind are the lulls between climaxes. I would prefer to have the battles and exciting parts to be more of what comes to mind. Maybe they were a bit too short. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book. It was an interesting read and I think it sets an interesting premiss for what will occur in the second book. I hope I'm right I look forward to picking up the rest of the collection! May 04, Jackie Fire and Ice Book Reviews blog rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , genre-fiction , genre-fantisy , quick-easy-read , z-page-turner , indie-authors.
I was given a digital copy of this book in exchange of a honest review. In a land where magic has been forgotten, Aldrick and his family finds themselves being attacked while traveling to see the reign, and childhood friend compete to become king. But there attackers are 3 men who are trying to hide there idenity with magic. Is Aldrick just seeing things?
He finds 3 items on one of there attackers that may hold the key to why nobles are getting attacked, s I was given a digital copy of this book in exchange of a honest review. He finds 3 items on one of there attackers that may hold the key to why nobles are getting attacked, so Aldrick and his family sets out to find out what's going on. I have to say this book was filled with action from start to finish.
I enjoyed getting lost in this story. I felt like I was there with the characters the entire time. I hope to read the other books in this series. I want to say thanks to the author and the group where i found this book, for allowing me to read this book! May 04, Amanda rated it liked it. I had the pleasure of reading this book as part of the Read It and Reap group, receiving a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Personally, it took me much longer than I anticipated to finish this book.
It took a long time for me to get into the story, as it started kind-of slowly and the characters were not that interesting. It was also superfluously wordy, in a sort-of pretentious way - at least that is how it came off to me. Eventually, it became an easier read, with a bit I had the pleasure of reading this book as part of the Read It and Reap group, receiving a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Eventually, it became an easier read, with a bit of mystery, although it remained generally predictable. My favorite aspect of this was just the world that it was set in - it was interesting to read about how it differentiates itself from other such fantasy worlds. The cliffhanger ending seemed abrupt, but it helped set up for a sequel. Overall, I enjoyed the read once I got into it, and wish the author best of luck with the sequels!
I can't wait to read the next book, and find out what Aldrick chooses to do about view spoiler [Brodan's betrayal hide spoiler ].