Blum specializes in nonfiction narrative showcasing explosive periods in U.S. history, as in the Edgar Award–winning American Lightning (2011). His latest focuses on the period before WWI, when German saboteurs in the U.S. attempted to use bombs and even biological weapons, hoping to weaken the country enough to keep it from entering the war on the side of the Allies. The hero of the piece is New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, who thwarted many of the plots and captured numerous enemy agents in New York. One problem common to books of this kind is that the author tries to make everything relate to the plot, sometimes pulling the rug out from under the reader in the process. For example, the opening describes a bomb plot aimed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, prompting the reader to think, “Wow! I didn’t know the Germans did that.” We learn later that Blum is only setting the scene of an unstable era, and that the plot was actually the work of anarchists, not Germans. A bit hyped but still intriguing. --Connie Fletcher
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'A ripping page-turner with "movie script" written all over it.' Auckland Herald 'Terrifically engaging and pertinent tale of the New York City bomb squad that foiled German terrorist plots against the United States at the outbreak of World War I ... Instructive, yes, but also as engrossing as good detective fiction.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 'Sounds like a pretty good espionage thriller ... In fact, it's nothing less than authentic - albeit long-forgotten - American history, brought to vivid life ... Dark Invasion reminds us ... that "the past is never past".' Life.com 'Blum's narrative of America's first exercise in homeland security is a worthwhile page-turner, combining the best features of a police procedural and a spy novel with a firm base in verifiable events.' Publishers Weekly 'Dark Invasion, novelistic historian Howard Blum's latest, will move you to the edge of your seat with the facts alone, but the author's suspenseful detective-mystery narrative is what keeps you there.' USA Today '[R]iveting and perturbing' Wall Street Journal 'In his gripping and expertly crafted narrative, Blum demonstrates that the best stories are true.' -- Scott Miller, author of The President and the Assassin 'A suspense-filled tale, Dark Invasion uncovers a fascinating corner of history.' -- Ronald Kessler, author of The Secrets of the FBI and In the President's Secret Service 'Dark Invasion is a must-read for lovers of suspense and anyone who wants to understand how the basis of our homeland security system was born.' -- Tom Reiss, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Count and The Orientalist 'I read Dark Invasion without stopping. It is a well-researched and exceedingly well-written account of a pre-World War I series of terroristic attacks on the United States, in this case perpetrated by Germans. It is full of good stories and characters.' -- Norman Stone, award-winning author of The Eastern Front: 1914-1917 and World War One: A Short History 'This is a wonderful story, with a cast of characters out of a Cecil B. DeMille epic, told in a style that is lucid, lyrical, even electric. Narrative history at its very best.' -- Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of FOUNDING BROTHERS and AMERICAN CREATION, on American Lightning 'Howard Blum has given us a fascinating - and hugely entertaining - glimpse into early 20th-century America ... And - eat your hearts out, novelists - it's all true.' -- Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of FOUNDING BROTHERS and AMERICAN CREATION, on American Lightning 'The author's eye for scene-setting and subtle explication perfectly mimics a Griffith-style camera. Blum is at his best ... Unfailingly entertaining.' -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review), on American Lightning 'Howard Blum's story of the sinister and scary German terror attacks on America 100 years ago reads more like a LeCarre novel than a meticulous reconstruction of history .. This is a terrific spy story.' -- Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers Kirkus 'Best Nonfiction Books of 2014'
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