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The 15th Star: History Mystery (Real-Life History Mystery) by [Grace, Lisa]
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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: 1137 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lisa Grace Books; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F4R1AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This is one of the most fun stories I've read in a long time. I could not put it down and read it all in one day. I loved how the author mixed present day with the past. The author did not fill the book with a lot of ridiculous, boring details, unlike so many other authors. The level of details was perfect. I felt she had a perfect mixture of everything one could want in a good book, ie: Drama, Mystery, Action, History, Humor and Romance.

I love how the author showed that not all white people were cruel to black people. I sincerely hope this was the case, and would love to believe there were more people like Louisa Armistead.

I would lower the price as I think $5.99 is an awful lot for an ebook that one can not resell. I really do feel authors are making a huge mistake trying to get so much for an ebook.

I did find a couple of typo's but they were easy to figure out, and did not take away from the excellent story for me.

One is he should be her: She felt he face grow hot and knew she was blushing.

Grace, Lisa (2012-06-26). The 15th Star (A Lisa Grace History - Mystery) (Kindle Locations 955-956). Lisa Grace Books. Kindle Edition.

Another was the following. I think the word The could be dropped or use the word Then.

The he passed out again drunk, tipping the water tub over.

Grace, Lisa (2012-06-26). The 15th Star (A Lisa Grace History - Mystery) (Kindle Locations 1620-1621). Lisa Grace Books. Kindle Edition.
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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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