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The Babe Ruth Deception (A Fraser and Cook Mystery Book 3) Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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"Having mastered the craft of writing novels that feature Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson, David O. Stewart has now chosen someone who is perfect for the genre. Babe Ruth was as mythic as a person gets, and the author has surrounded The Babe with a Prohibition cast of bootleggers, gangsters and thugs, giving us a fine yarn that mixes and matches the grand glories of The National Pastime with the nefarious foibles of human nature." --Frank Deford, Sportswriter and Bestselling Novelist
“This is so much more than a baseball book. There’s a lot of the Babe, but it’s a history book, a mystery book, a complex book that beautifully details an era in America. I loved it!” --Tim Kurkjian, ESPN Baseball Contributor and Author
“[The Babe Ruth Deception] cleverly mixes real-life people and historical events. The problems of the unlikely sleuths will particularly appeal to baseball fans.” --Kirkus Reviews
“A rollicking real-life figure leads to a rollicking fictional romp. The allure of the Babe may bring you into this book; David O. Stewart’s lively tale will keep you there.” --Kostya Kennedy
“Well-written novels that blend fact and fiction always get my attention, and if it’s Babe Ruth and characters from his era, I’m in. David O. Stewart reminds us of why the ‘20s roared, and how much fun the Babe was. A delight!” --Marty Appel, author of Pinstripe Empire
“David O. Stewart, the master of fictional historic deceptions, has hit one out of the park with The Babe Ruth Deception. Not only is it most cleverly plotted but gives us a feel for the corrupt and colorful Era of Prohibition when Babe Ruth was at his most beloved despite – or because of – his off-the-field flaws and excesses.” --Paul Dickson author of Leo Durocher – Baseball’s Prodigal Son
About the Author
David O. Stewart is the author of The Wilson Deception and The Lincoln Deception, as well as several works of history, most recently Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, which have been awarded the Washington Writing Award and the Society of the Cincinnati History Prize. He lives in Maryland and his website is at www.davidostewart.com.
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Gambling and bootlegging and other endeavors of an underworld network are not so different from dark business dealings still present today. Parents who are concerned about poor choices made by children, even when those children are technically adults. People who want to get the most advantage of publicizing a talent or personality while they are a hot property, who want a piece of the financial pie before it cools.
Seamlessly blending fact and fiction, this novel was a fascinating read.
It did make me want to revisit the actual new reports of the time.
Eliza Fraser was as intriguing a character to me as any of the men.
I will be checking into other books by this author.
I did receive a copy of this book to review for a blog tour. The opinions are my own.
Seriously, this novel will provide you with a wonderful evening of page-turning entertainment. If you have read the other two in the series, you will love how the unlikely duo of Fraser and Cook reunite once again in the 1920s, several years after their escapade in Paris portrayed in "The Wilson Deception." If you haven't, this book will cause you to purchase the first two novels.
In short, this is a book to love and a series to follow. As one reviewer recently wrote, "Washington lawyer-author David O. Stewart is rapidly becoming one of our best new writers of historical mysteries."
In The Babe Ruth Deception, readers get a taste of life during prohibition, the gambling and corruption that flourished in post WWI America, and the challenges posed by race in all aspects of life. It is an important reminder that racial equality is only a recent development in the United States and that we must not regress in our efforts to eliminate prejudice.
If I was only considering the novel once the story begins to progress, I would give The Babe Ruth Deception a 5. But the slow start makes me think a 4 is more appropriate.
I received a copy of The Babe Ruth Deception from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The story moves like a fastball but has plenty of curves and includes more than one change-up. Sorry . . . must . . . resist . . . further baseball metaphors . . . .
Seriously, while I'm not a huge baseball fan, I very much enjoy baseball lore. "The Natural" is among my favorite movies. And "The Babe Ruth Deception" is among my favorite books, for many of the same reasons: superficial wholesomeness versus underlying corruption; larger-than-life characters, including the Babe himself; genuine love of the sport versus the venality of those who would destroy it for their own purposes. You can tell that Stewart is a serious student of the game, and of history. He brings 1920's New York, where most of the action takes place, to vivid life. J.P. Morgan even makes an appearance -- well, not really, but his bank does get blown up, which sets up an interracial romance.
I could go on, but I'd spoil it. So I'll stop.