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AN EXCELLENT HISTORICAL THRILLER
on July 31, 2012
I'm always dubious when I see 5 star ratings on Amazon, from a short list of readers. Too many new authors have 'friends' promoting their books. In this case I'm only sorry that it is a short list, and sincerely hope that many readers will download this excellent novel and enjoy it as much as I have. I'm English and my American history education centred on the Founding Fathers of America and stopped with the War of Independence. We had a brief introduction to the Civil War and obviously I knew that President Lincoln was assassinated while attending the theatre. Apart from that modern novels and trips to America have widened my knowledge of your history, but this book certainly taught me a great deal. The story is riveting, the characters all well defined and as others have stated here, yes, you feel as if you are living every moment of this tragedy. I have recommended this book to English friends and family, which for me is quite unusual, as I am sure they will enjoy it as there is a definite lack of historical novels by authors of this calibre. The whole concept of teaching history in the UK has changed over the last years. Now students are given information from newspapers,letters, journals etc., which relate to a paricular period or historical event. This makes the subject far more interesting and also allows the student to form their own opinions. This is what made this novel such an excellent read, well researched historical facts mixed with snippets of a personal nature attached to the characters. Loved it Mr Berry, please keep writing.