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Thursday, April 25, 2013

review: A Hostage to Heritage by Suzanne Adair

"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost..." - J.R.R. Tolkien

A Hostage to Heritage
Major James Henry Craig, commander of the Eighty-Second Regiment, is off on a mission and leaves the care of Wilmington, North Carolina to his lead criminal investigator Lieutenant Michael Stoddard. together with his assistant Nick Spry, Michael needs to put a stop to two miscreants terrorizing the town and find a missing English heir before Major Craig returns and especially before Lord Cornwallis and his army of redcoats arrive.
based on historical facts, Suzanne Adair's second novel in her Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thrillers Series only gets better. it is fast-paced, well researched and an engrossing read.
as always, the writing is excellent, the characters are well-developed and the author's attention to detail is remarkable. she was able to capture the colors, sounds and smells of Spring and the life of the denizens in the frontier town of Wilmington. all of these burst into life, escape from the pages and grab the reader's attention from the first page to the last.
one of the things that made this novel extraordinary for me was how the author delved deeper into the heart and soul of her protagonist Michael Stoddard. surprises and more are revealed about him as the story progressed. as layer after layer is peeled away, we are offered a glimpse of the man under the uniform. the more we get to know him, the more he becomes real and endearing.
another thing i liked was how the author made a bold risk in the story with regard to descriptions of intimacy between some characters. it was a daring move that was not present or detailed in two of her books i read previously. however, it did not come out vulgar or offensive in any way.
readers who are familiar with her other novels will also welcome the appearances and or mention of a few characters like Adam Neville, Mathias Hale, David St. James and Claude Devereaux. moreover, this novel would not be complete without the presence and menace of Lieutenant Dunstan Fairfax, Michael's arch nemesis.
the more i get to read Ms. Adair's novels, the more i become convinced that she truly deserves to be called "the Mistress of American Revolution historical fiction!"

*A Hostage to Heritage is available at Amazon (paperback, Kindle) and Smashwords (multiple formats). for more information about Suzanne Adair and her work, please visit her website at http://www.suzanneadair.com/ and  her blog  at http://www.suzanneadair.typepad.com/

my personal rating is:
A Hostage to Heritage contains material not suitable for readers 16 and under.

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