- File Size: 952 KB
- Print Length: 185 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1640070478
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0718YM8DC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,496,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #7105 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Historical
- #8215 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
- #13963 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
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It Happened in Stamford: Ordinary Kids Confronting Danger in an Extraordinary Place Kindle Edition
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Our teenage hero, Ben Vaughn, and his friends want to be detectives. The characters were fleshed out immediately as intelligent and inquisitive, so it seemed a logical choice to me that the author chose this pastime for them.
I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down. At the very first, but only at the very first, though, I was afraid I wouldn't like this book. Its beginning pages mirror the beginning of Stephen King's novella "The Body." The Stamford kids, however, were far more logical in their approach than King's characters. Their simple actions were a part of changing national security whether or not knew it.
One knows that there are spies involved, just looking at the cover. I don't know much about spies in the the 1960s political climate; but that knowledge or lack thereof was not necessary to follow the plot. Most teenage wannabe detectives aren't lucky enough to stumble over real mysteries. Trust me: my friends and I tried but nothing happened in OUR home town. (I loved "The Great Brain" and "Encyclopedia Brown," but don't have what it takes to become a detective or the skill to write about one.)
While I know that politics quite obviously shape our realms, the generalized world of Politics with a capital P is not one in which I've held much interest. I'm glad, therefore, that protagonist Vaughn lays out what's going on in such a way that I can follow and remain immersed in the story without running to reference books to figure out what the heck is going on. I was able to stay with the story even when I waded in a little unsure.
Observation: Because of its time - and I never thought about this before - I think that the print book actually beats out Kindle. There's just something about holding a new book, opening it, and turning paper pages with your hands, and reading a story of a simpler time. Well, simpler except for The Messenger, of course.
My mom grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and wow, she would have loved this book. She told me stories about some neat times she and her girlfriends had, and about hysterical scrapes in which her brother would find himself, but NOTHING like what Happened in Stamford.