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The 15th Star: History Mystery (Real-Life History Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Grace
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set during the War of 1812:

In the fall of 1809 Grace Wisher, a young slave girl, escapes the plantation to live her life in the port city of Baltimore, Maryland. She is indentured to Mary Pickersgill who teaches her the skill of sewing flags and standards. Yet Grace is hiding a terrible secret, one men will murder for even hundreds of years later.

In the present, Keiko Zorben is finishing her master's degree by working as an intern at the Smithsonian Institute. While archiving mislabeled letters, she finds a clue to the whereabouts of the missing star from the Star Spangled Banner. For over two hundred years its location has been a real-life mystery, until now.

Keiko asks the handsome Dr. Julian Lone Wolf, the head of the American Indian Studies Department, to join her on her search for the missing star.

When a docent is murdered and an attempt is made on their lives, Keiko and Julian realize finding the missing star and the secret it holds, is their only key to survival.

"The 15th Star" has been compared by first readers as a mix of "National Treasure" meets "1776".

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About the Author

Lisa Grace's Angel Series, "Angel in the Shadows, Book 1", and "Angel in the Storm, Book 2" are in development for a major movie through Motion Picture Pro Studios, which has been involved in five Academy Award winning films including: "Fargo", "Shakespeare in Love", "Life is Beautiful", and "The Usual Suspects." Lisa Grace lives on the waterfront along the West Coast of Florida with her husband and daughter. Look for her second book in her Real-Life History - Mystery line to be released in early 2014, "True Treasure" about the missing Devonshire Treasure and the pirate Bloody Graham. Okay, now for the real Lisa Grace: She loves endangered Gopher Tortoises and keeps a cooler in the back of her trunk to rescue them. DO NOT THROW THEM IN THE WATER, they will drown. Hold them far away from your body as you pick them up as they tend to pee (a lot) when frightened. Lisa's favorite pet was a full sized American Virginian Opossum. Instead of playing possum, she recommends playing with possums. "As our only native American marsupial, they deserve more respect than an open hunting season on them with no bag limit. Do people really still eat opossums?" Favorite Poem: If you have labored long and your rewards seem few, remember that the mighty oak, grew from a nut like you. Author Unknown

Product Details

  • File Size: 1081 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lisa Grace Books; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F4R1AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Premise July 2, 2012
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The author started with known historical facts: Mary Pickersgill sewed the Star Spangled Banner with her daughter and servants. Mrs. Louisa Armistead ended up in possession of the flag, and gave away pieces of it to those she thought deserving of it. One of the 15 stars is missing. This is the story of what happened to the fifteenth star, including the creation of a backstory for one of the servants. Some things are implausible, such as Grace Wisher, the escaped slave, becoming friends with Mrs. Armistead, but I was willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of the story. I had a really hard time, however, with the fact that the author periodically forgot that this novel is written in third person, past tense, and changed to writing in present tense, often within the same paragraph. There were also numerous word usage errors, such as "accept" for "except". It's too bad, because I liked the basics of what she did, and would have liked to rate this book higher. Lisa, hire a proof reader, even if it's your mother, to help you with these types of issues, because you do have a gift for story telling.

Edited to add: Lisa notified me that she had updated this book to correct typeset and syntax errors, and, upon rereading, I found the book much improved. I still had to suspend disbelief regarding the friendship between Mrs. Armistead and Grace Wisher, but it is a good story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Story made me want to visit DC again August 18, 2012
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I did enjoy the story, including the background leading up to Grace Wisher finding herself in Baltimore during such an important part of our early history. I felt the facts were well researched if stretching the truth a bit. Even the modern-day parts were pausible, up to a point. This story made me wish I could go to DC again and spend two to three weeks there instead of three to four days so I can see more of the historical sites, including those mentioned in this book.

On the con side of this book, as has been said by many others, someone other than family or close friends needs to go through this book with a red pencil and fix the grammatical errors, including jumping from past to present tense (sometimes in the same sentence), first to third person (really?), him versus his, she versus her, etc. There were times when Kieko was speaking that I got the feeling she was using the same "illiterate" language as Grace - rather jarring considering that Kieko is a graduate student.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot but horrible execution June 9, 2013
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I hate that I have to give this book 2 stars. The plot and research is wonderful. In fact, that part is so strong that I continued reading despite how annoyingly distracting the editing (or lack thereof) was. It was literally a page turner, and for that I thank the author.

However, it also read like a first book, and I don't mean that in a good way. I guess rather than "first book" I should say "first manuscript," because it's riddled with really amateur mistakes such as headhopping, tense switches, point of view problems (sometimes it's 3rd person, sometimes it's omniscient), grammar problems, typos, cliches, and above all, the pacing is terrible. The suspense/thriller action doesn't begin until about 75% through.

In short, this book needs a thorough rewrite, a content edit, copy edit, and proofing, none of which it appears to have gotten, which is a shame because it's clear that the author can write. She has a wonderful imagination and did an excellent job in plotting and researching. Just judged on the plot alone, I'd say this is on par with the Da Vinci Code, but the writing itself is atrocious (and I can accept bad writing if I'm swept up in the plot -- see: Dan Brown).
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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I would have given this book 4 or maybe even 5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the story. However, I had the feeling that it was written by two different people. One person did a lot of research on the history of the War of 1812, the flag, and life in that time. The historical sections were well written, and had few grammatical or syntax errors. She even did a good job with Grace's letters, showing how someone just learning how to read and write might write a letter, using the colloquilisms and grammar of an uneducated person.

However, the present day story was just the opposite. The author's constant incorrect usage of "to" and "too," "she" and "her" were extremely annoying. In more than one instance the author correctly used "she" as the subject of the sentence, then in the next sentence, used "her" as the subject, then went back to using "she." That shows carelessness, and it also shows that nobody really read the book before publication.

She also went from past tense to present tense, and kept flip-flopping back and forth. Sometimes the beginning of the paragraph was in the past tense, then in the middle she switches to present tense, as if she were setting the scene in a movie. The wording was amateurish, almost juvenile in some parts. The author needs to take a refresher course in basic grammar, usage of pronouns, sentence structure, and also focus on how, when and where to use commas - because they almost always ended up in the wrong place in the sentence. If the author had written the book in ANY word processing software, and bothered to use the spelling and grammar checking tools, these errors would have been found and corrected. I typed one of her incorrect sentences into Microsoft Word, and used the spelling and grammar checkers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read,showing the realities of post-war life
It's so sad sometimes to be an adult and know that things are not as simple and honorable as they seemed as a child. This book illustrates that in a very respectful way. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Jack D. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
Well written and I loved the history lesson. Very interesting characters. Lisa has done it again. I was hooked from the beginning.
Published 2 days ago by Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a good editor, but....
In spite of the editing failures...and there are a lot of them, I managed to really enjoy this book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Set during the War of 1812 about a young slave, Grace Wisher, who...
The 15th Star (A Lisa Grace History - Mystery) Lisa Grace, almost a five star.

Based on the real - life history - mystery of the missing star from the Star Spangled... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Carolyn Injoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting historical read.
Published 21 days ago by James T. Kelley
3.0 out of 5 stars History from past to present
Interesting book for history buffs. Like the way they brought its significance to present age. Romance seemed forced. At end of book she kept changing the tence in her sentences. Read more
Published 25 days ago by FAM
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I was surprised with this story. It was an interesting way to merge historical fiction and contemporary fiction into a delightful story! Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The 15th star
Wonderful book I wanted it to go on to the next generation.Grace was an amazing woman who taught us that being a slave does not mean you are not smart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Lakin
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & informative story!
Gripping story, but most impressive is the picture this story paints of actual accepted practices & attitudes of society during the era of the War of 1812. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy L Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars My heart was racing
This is a great story. I was so caught up in the story from the first line on. I went to bed, but got back up to finish it. Read more
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More About the Author

Lisa Grace's Angel Series "Angel in the Shadows Book 1", and "Angel in the Storm, Book 2" are in development for a major movie through Motion Picture Pro Studios, whose owner has been involved in six Academy Award winning films including: "Fargo", "Shakespeare in Love", "Life is Beautiful", and "The Usual Suspects."
Lisa Grace lives on the waterfront along the West Coast of Florida with her husband and daughter.
"When the summers get too hot, we migrate to our cabin in the northern woods of Wisconsin along with our dwarf Netherland's albino bunny. We leave our manatee, dolphin, and a wild turkey (what kind of seagull is that?) at home in the Gulf. Somehow they manage to get along without us," Lisa says. "I also enjoy rescuing gopher tortoises (tip: hold them far out because they tend to pee when you pick them up) and setting them free in a nearby preserve. For the injured ones I know a vet who fiberglasses them back together again."
Angel in the Ice, Book 3, released April 27th, 2012.
A compilation of the first three books titled "Angel Series (Books 1, 2, & 3)" released May 31st, 2012.
"Angel in the Fire, Book 4" is in the writing stage with an estimated release date of whenever my agents say it is okay (PENDING A PAPERBACK DEAL.) "Angel in the Light, Book 5" will complete the current story arc for the Angel Series.
She has two new series in the developmental stage (Society of the D. E. A. D. and FEUDAL Land); and has released her adult historical thrillers "The 15th Star" and "True Treasure", plus "30 Minutes of Flash Fiction" by Lisa Grace and Jarrod Nelson.

"I love to hear from my readers. If you take the time to read my books, I'll take the time to email you back. You can reach me at: or on twitter @lisagracebooks

"My favorite review quote is, 'Ms. Grace rocks the originality.' From And check out Michael Gallagher, an Amazon Top 50 reviewer's review on my book page. He gave it 4 stars and said he 'couldn't stop thinking about some of the issues presented in the book.'"

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