A Two Reader Book Review For Novelist, Carl Baker, & Co-Author Marc Heberden, of ’14 Days In July’, A Fantastic Historical Read Worth Your Time.

14 Days in July

*14 Days In July ~ Review by: Author, Catherine Lyon & Reader Brittany Eshleman*
Publisher: Camerado Press; First edition (April 7, 2014) ~ ISBN-13: 978-0615955872
Available on Amazon UK & US, Barnes & Noble, and an Honor at bookstore in Paris, France: ‘Shakespeare and Company’ …


Because Carl and Marc’s novel is so detailed and Carl’s writing so prolific, I needed an extra pair of eyes for this book as to not miss a beat of this fantastic read of ‘The French Revolutionary War, and The Fall of Bastille’. And as the publisher shared, this novel truly is like several stories rolled into this novel similar to, The Three Musketeers, and The man in the Iron Mask.

I actually have the honor of knowing the author, Carl Baker, so I knew the hard work he has put into this beautifully written read, and he wanted the historical sites to be real and actually there if you happen to visit Paris, France. Carl and Marc took very unique steps in sharing what are some of the most beautiful places to visit in Paris, and that’s what makes this historical read stand out from the rest. This story is no doubt of ‘War and History’, as it follows the 14 days in July of the French Revolutionary War at a time of much disarray in France in 1789. With  food blockages, shortages, and mercenary forces keeping the people in line by, Louis XIV, and an iron fist, Carl’s best work is with pen and paper making his main characters come to life.
Brittany and I both enjoyed the unique way the writer includes pieces of historical secrets woven into this fantastic book you won’t find in any school history book! Carl’s writing style is more than a story-teller of history, his rawness and attention to factual details is nothing like I have read before. But the story really begins with the main character some 135 years earlier. About a young man whose identity a mystery, and was painstakingly hidden at any cost, as rumors fly about twin boys being switched, a mystery palace, and so much more.
But then, unexpectedly, love seems to enter the story as a silent moth to a flame, and just when you thought you have read all the secrets, your still in for more twists as the character of ‘Michele’ changes the landscape of this book with a hunt of romance. This novel really is hard to put down.
A page turner for sure! An absolutely outstanding read! Carl and Marc have in my opinion, a #1 Best Seller on their hands!
It’s why Brittany and I truly feel this novel could easily be a series, and why we both agreed on a 5 Star Review for the novel ~ “14 Days In July” …


Carl Baker Carl Baker

Marc Heberden Marc Heberden

Marc Heberden is originally from the Pacific Northwest, Marc Heberden worked in various trades on both sides of the Cascade Mountains including that of newspaper editor where he won awards for feature writing, news writing, promotion and photography. Later, he worked in advertising sales and public relations. He now lives in a small town southwest of Paris.

Here Is What Other Readers Are Saying:

For a New Author this book is a Master piece”! …
*Judith Wright*…

“This book was hard to put down once I started reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense, history or just a good read”
*David Kruger*…

“This is a superb novel. It weaves together the French Revolution with the excesses of Louis XIV, the mystery of the Man In The Iron Mask, and even the Three Musketeers. I was fortunate enough to be in Paris on vacation while reading this book, and it made several of the places there come alive for me”!
*Michael Gibson*
Authors After Thoughts:

If you explore my earlier blog posts here, you’ll find a Special Blog Share about Carl Baker. He was bestowed an honor, (with the help & thanks to  Marc), with his book now sold in Paris, France at “Shakespeare and Company Bookstore”! It is an iconic historical site.
You can read the history on my special post for Carl Baker.


Shakespeare & Company

37 rue de la Bûcherie  75005 Paris

Tel: 00 33 (0) 1 43 25 40 93


Review Is Presented By: ‘Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions’ and Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon …
‘ 14 Days In July’





Novelist Carl Baker and His Book is Honored to be sold at Shakespeare and Company, Paris France.

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There is a quaint bookstore on the left bank of the Seine river, just across from the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral called, Shakespeare and Company that’s been a popular bookstore for Parisians, writers, poets and tourists alike in Paris, France. Since it’s opening in 1951 by George Whitman, the bookstore has become an iconic historical institution.

George Whitman at Shakespeare & Company about 1980)

And I’m happy to announce that my client, and good friend Carl Baker and Marc Heberden has been honored with the new novel being sold at Shakespeare and Company located at:  37 rue de la Bucherie Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris …

Some History Of Shakespeare and Company:
In 1919, an American expatriate in Paris named Sylvia Beach set up a bookstore slash small publishing house slash lending library in rue Dupuytren and called it Shakespeare and Company. It was back then a very small place, and it functioned as an ordinary bookstore. It was later moved to rue de l’Odéon, where it had a bigger space. It was not long after the names that are now looked upon as literary giants, the names we always mention in Literature classes, gathered there to write and read the books that were available.
Beach’s excellent taste in books was noted by many people, and it was she who made available to readers the books that were otherwise banned in the United States and the United Kingdom. Because of the people who gathered there and the books that people came to read, Shakespeare and Company soon became the center of literary culture. Among the people who frequented the place were Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, just to name a few who enjoyed spending his time at this bookstore so much that he considered it his office.
The bookstore remained open until the year 1941, when the Germans occupied France. Sadly after several attempts at reviving the bookstore, it never again became open for business.
Then walks in Mr. George Whitman …

. (George Whitman shortly before his passing)
"Shakespeare and Company" store, Paris, 2004
(The bookstore today).
In 1964, after Sylvia Beach’s death, Whitman renamed his store “Shakespeare and Company” in tribute to the original, describing the name as “a novel in three words”.  He called the venture “a socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore”. Customers have included the likes of Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, and Richard Wright. The bookstore has sleeping facilities, with 13 beds, and Whitman claimed that as many as 40,000 people have slept there over the years.

George Whitman died at the age of 98 on December 14, 2011. His daughter, Sylvia Beach Whitman, now runs the store. Regular activities are Sunday tea, poetry readings and writers’ meetings. The four Shakespeare and Company bookstores in New York City, which opened starting in 1981, are not affiliated with the Paris store.

Now your most likely wondering why I bring up this iconic historical site right?
Now enter, Novelist Carl Baker, and his new novel release titled, “14 Days In July” …
He and his co-writer Marc Heberden are thrilled that their novel was accepted to be sold in the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris, France!

It only seems fitting for the novel to be sold there since the book is packed with historical places about The French Revolution, and the Fall of Bastille. I myself just finished reading Carl’s novel, and will be writing my own review here on my blog soon, but I wanted to announce this very important accomplishment for my friends and client, Carl Baker and Marc Heberden, who is also an award-winning journalist himself. If you have not read their novel as of yet, the reviews are fantastic, as they should be, because I really enjoyed this novel. I’m normally not a history reader, but this book keeps your captivated with every turn of the pages. And there are some ‘secrets of history’ you won’t find in your average school history book!
14 Days in July
About The Book:
1 July 1789, Paris – Two weeks before the Revolution

France is undergoing a political upheaval unlike anything it has known before. Louis XVI is using savage mercenary forces and food blockages, to bring the people to heel. The country is a powder keg, and Paris is the fuse. In the midst of what could become bloody chaos, shadowy people including the sinister and brutal chief of the Paris police-discover that a young Parisian laundress, Michèle Duvallier, whose fiancé is imprisoned for his political activities, knows a deadly, ancient secret that could shake France’s monarchy to its core. Michèle finds herself the object of a murderous manhunt. Her imprisoned fiancé’s citizen’s group, now led by his brother, is being chased from one hiding place to another. It is only during the fall of the Bastille that she learns why so many powerful people are hunting for her, but as well the shocking identity of who has been betraying them ….
September 1654, Burgundy – 135 years before the Revolution
A good-natured young man, an orphan, is mysteriously imprisoned with grotesque instructions to conceal his identity in such as way as to ensure he is to be forgotten for all time ….
The man in the iron mask was not a pure invention of Alexandre Dumas. The rumor of the existence of twin boys being switched, one of whom was to become Louis XIV, had been speculated on for well over a hundred years by many high sources including Voltaire, who secretly told friends he had seen the man unmasked, and saw he was the king’s twin. But what Dumas, and no one else, wrote about, was the even more dangerous rumor that there was not only a switch, but as well … another lineage ….
A Wonderful Book Review:

For a New Author, this book is a Master piece … 5 Stars!
This review is from: 14 Days in July (Paperback)

I usually do not read Historical Fiction, but this one stood out, the cover graphs are awesome, and the story line is a real a page turner. With every turn of the page it gets better and better, the characters seem to come alive. there are so many twists and turns , you do not want to put it down. It is a combination of action with some romance thrown in. My favorite Character is Michele and the secret she holds…great reading , waiting for the sequel ……
“So if you happen to be traveling to Paris, France and you love rare and hard to find books, new reads, and just need to grab a map of the historical sites to see while you’re visiting?
Then a visit to Shakespeare and Company bookstore is where you need to start”.
So many congrats to Novelist, Carl Baker and Marc Heberden for their novel receiving the honor of being a part of the bookstores unique collection of reads! Their novel can also be purchased globally at these fine stores:
Boomarang Books ~ Australia
Virgin Books ~ USA/UK/France

Barnes and Noble ~ USA/UK/Canada
Amazon Books ~ USA/UK/Canada
B. Dalton Books ~ USA/UK
Village Books Bellingham, WA, USA
Posman Books ~ New York City
Strand Book Stores ~ New York City

14 Days in July by Carl Baker: Book Cover
Happy Reading All!
Lyon Media & Book Promotions
Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author