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Divided loyalties- a conflict pitting family ties and duty
on August 22, 2012
The powerful background of the brutal America civil war, sets the stage for a captivating story of a young Jewish boy of privilege from the north who plays out his personal family battles in a setting of espionage and moral crisis. Choosing between divided loyalties,the young man makes difficult choices in a chaotic and dangerous world.
The plot is captivating, enticing the reader to ignite the next chapter. The historical highlights immerse you as a participant in the reality of the story.
The author weaves the reader's emotions with a deft pen, juxtaposing the horrors of war with the agonizing choices faced by a lonely boy barely out of his teens. The obscene contrast of the impoverished black slaves serving food at the Passover seder as the song of Jewish redemption from slavery is chanted by their master to the assembled guests, is nothing short of chilling.
I found myself wanting to go back and reread some of the passages to better appreciate the complexities and subtleties of the unfolding plot and characters. Like a fine wine it left a residual memory with me long after I had finished. It was a great read and I continue to strongly recommend it to all.