- File Size: 925 KB
- Print Length: 307 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Blackstone Press (January 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N2127GP
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
THE COUNTERFEIT TWIN: A Socrates Cheng mystery (Socrates Cheng mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Now comes Author Steven M. Roth’s riveting but astounding Socrates Cheng novel spotlighting a dark secret affecting the memory of beloved Gen. Robert E. Lee. Socrates Cheng is hired to recover stolen documents from a Richmond, Virginia, Civil War Museum. He must complete his investigation and document recovery in an almost undercover fashion so as not to reveal the dark secret that Gen. Lee’s twin brother was black.
The storyline has many intricate turns to include murder for which Cheng is falsely accused. Connecting the dots of the investigation furnishes the reader with a wealth of historical history of what transpired during “The War Between the States.” Included is an in depth analysis of the history and customs of the “Old South.”
This is one of those detective stories that maintains your suspense until the very end. Once you begin reading, you will find that you cannot put it down until you come to its surprising denouement.
As I am a passionate reader of Civil War history, this was right up my proverbial alley. Despite being well read in the genre, I learned some interesting new tidbits about the slave-holding South. One of the joys of reading a Roth mystery is learning about other cultures and fascinating historic details in context.
Socrates Cheng, born of a Chinese father and Greek mother, is understandably entwined in two cultures, but the substance of this book is the culture and history of the Old South. In THE COUNTERFEIT TWIN, the real gems were revelations—some real and some perceived—from American Civil War history. Roth has a talent for finding a shocking premise that is wholly conceivable. He also did that with this first Trace Austin suspense thriller, NO SAFE PLACE.
There are characters at the end of this latest case whose fates are not resolved. I assume from the open-ended nature of the conclusion that we will see them again as Cheng and his partner, Harte, take on a new case. Socrates closes the case but leaves enough unanswered questions to entice the reader.
I will receive a free copy of THE COUNTERFEIT TWIN in exchange for my honest review.
Roth has once again demonstrated his ability to intertwine his knowledge of historical events, such as the Civil War, the Confederacy and slavery, as well as the use of actual locations into his writing. As a student of history, especially that of the Civil War, I found this mystery especially intriguing and wondered with each passing chapter where he would take the characters and how he would conclude the story.
Roth’s skill as a writer pulls the reader into his world early on, and keeps the reader captivated throughout and to the surprising conclusion! For my honest review I will receive a free copy of this book.
Steve Roth has a wonderful way of pulling his readers into the story at the beginning of the first chapter so they can witness the characters’ development, how the mystery unfolds, and the actions Socrates Cheng takes to solve the mystery, even at his own personal risk.
The Counterfeit Twin has it all – intrigue, secrets, theft, murder, numerous suspects, and an ending that leaves you hanging, guessing, and hoping that the next book in the series will be released SOON.
For my honest review I received a free copy of this book.
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