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5.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND WORDS
Though intimidating at first with its thick binding...this was without a doubt the best book that I have read to date. Every sentence flows like liquid. Its beautifully written. They don't write them like this anymore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to Three Musketeers
When I first saw this book,I expected a further story of D'Artagnan and his friends.I wasn't disappointed.D'Artagnan's rise in the ranks of the Musketeers and his reunions with all threee of his old comrades reaffirm their famous moto:ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!I loved the delightful way Dumas blended actual history(like the 1648 Fronde rebellion in France or the 1649...
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND WORDS, April 30 1999
This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
Though intimidating at first with its thick binding...this was without a doubt the best book that I have read to date. Every sentence flows like liquid. Its beautifully written. They don't write them like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Musketeers are still swashbuckling twenty years later!, April 16 2009
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This review is from: Twenty Years After (Paperback)
It's been twenty years since the close of The Three Musketeers, and only D'Artagnan remains in service to the French Crown. Richelieu is dead and his protege Mazarin now holds the power behind the throne. Anne of Austria rules as regent for her young son, and civil war threatens France.

D'Artagnan is sent to bring the Musketeers out of retirement, but they find themselves at odds between the two sides in the civil unrest. D'Artagnan wants to be promoted to captain and Porthos who wants to be a baron, side with Mazarin, Athos and Aramis with the Fronduers (sp?). However, they soon find that although much has changed, their love and friendship for each other remain intact, particularly when faced with the evil son of Milady, who is bent upon revenge against those who executed his mother.

There's way too much plot to even try to explain, leave it to say that there is much adventure and derring do, from the civil war in France to the conflict between Charles I and Oliver Cromwell in England. I especially enjoyed the nail biting, sit on the edge of your seat excitement during the escape from England and Mordaunt, along with the rescue of D'Artagnan, Porthos and Athos from Mazarin (what fun!). Along with the excitement comes the humor of their constant banter and escapades making for a near perfect read.

I personally liked the parts in England the best, but I think that's because I have a better understanding of English history than French. Even after researching that period in France and Mazarin online, I still got a bit confused at times, but that is a minor issue in comparison to the rest of the story. Dumas is brilliant (as always) and his dialogue is among the best (as always). An awesome sequel to the Three Musketeers, and I am looking forward to starting the next chapter in this story, The Vicomte De Bragelonne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The true personification of romance!, April 22 2000
This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
While my copy of Dumas' "Three Musketeers" bears the mark of my having reread it six or seven times in the form of dog-eared and slightly bent pages, my copy of "Twenty Years After" is probably just as worn, if not more so, as the original manuscript. This enchanting depiction of love-the love between a father and son, and between friends-surpasses all previous attempts to convey the true depth of this emotion. Dumas portrays his characters in the most intricate and emotionally provocative light, particularly Athos. This incarnate depiction of nobility and goodness is the heart and soul of the book, as a father, a friend, a soldier dedicated to the cause of justice. The work is written with such a deep and apparent sense of humanity, to the point where the reader is drawn into every battle, becomes a passionate proponent of every cause. Overall, this is a breathtaking, passionate work, full of intrigue and not at all lacking in humor. An absolute must-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book only if you like a GOOD story!!, March 17 1999
This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
Alexandre Dumas has done it again with a great book! 20 Years After, the sequel to The Three Musketeers, has everything from conspiracy to comedy. READ! READ! READ!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to Three Musketeers, Jan. 16 1999
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This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
When I first saw this book,I expected a further story of D'Artagnan and his friends.I wasn't disappointed.D'Artagnan's rise in the ranks of the Musketeers and his reunions with all threee of his old comrades reaffirm their famous moto:ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!I loved the delightful way Dumas blended actual history(like the 1648 Fronde rebellion in France or the 1649 rebellion in England)with the lives of these heroes,with Athos remaining the most noble and heroic.(Footnote:This is the only book that gives D'Artagnan's first name and the first one to give the real names of all three of his Musketteer friends.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its a great book!, Oct. 13 1998
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This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
I really adored this book, but the main reason I wrote was to clear up the number of books in the series. It is not a trilogy, because a trilogy is 3 books, not the 5 of the three guardsmen series. The Three Musketeers is first, then Twenty Years Later, then Ten Years Later, Louise de la Valliere and Man in the Iron Mask. There are six if you count the Son of Porthos,which is mentioned at the end of Man in the Iron Mask.
I enjoy this series, because their friendship come before all, even when they are working for seperate causes, a trait well illistrated in Twenty Years Later
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a masterpiece of the mind., Aug. 23 1998
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This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
Whoever enjoys the "The Three Musketeers" will love this book. The book shows the Musketeers twenty years after their heroic adventures. D'Artagnan is faced with reuniting the original four as a request of Cardinal Mazarin. What follows splits the Musketeers apart for a time, but later they all reunite in order to upstage Mazarin. An excellent classic from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More on Library Edition of "Twenty Years After", July 29 1998
This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
After more looking into, I've discovered the World's Classic version of the referenced title is unabridged (880+ pages) vs. 380 pages for the Library Edition. Why is this edition (Library) not advertised on this website as "abridged"? I paid Amazon.com $28+ for this book. I consider abridged novels to be complete wastes of time. I have since ordered the World's Classics version from Amazon, primarily because I can't find it anywhere else. By the way, the World's Classics version's info page says 2-3 days availability. After ordering, the order page says 4-6 weeks availability.
Anyways, I think it would be good practice, not to mention more truthful advertising, to indicate when a book is less than unabridged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I immensely enjoyed the book, it's the best of the trilogy., July 4 1998
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This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
I have looked at the argument most have been having on the original publishing of Dumas's works. Loosenit2 was very close, but the title of the last book in the trilogy was actually not The Vicomte de Bragelonne, it was originally called Ten Years Later. That makes the trilogy; The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and Ten Years Later. I am absolutely sure about this so I hope this ends the argument.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The meaning of true friendship, June 16 1998
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This review is from: Twenty Years After (Hardcover)
Twenty years have gone by since the last time D'Artagnan saw Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The Great Richelieu is dead and the life of King Charles of England is in danger. Can there be a better moment for a rendevous? This book might be the best of the trilogy. The musketeers are not as hotheaded or as sincere as they once were, and their friendship is about to face a trial of fire when the discover they no longer share their personal goals. But it was because of this book that the Musketeer Series has been called The Greatest Ode to Real Friendship. And, since there barely exist a couple of movies about this title, you won't be comparing it with anything you've seen before. Enjoy! ... And learn which were the real names of Porthos and Aramis, by the way.
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