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Herald Square: A Novel of the Cold War (The First Trumpet) Paperback – June 29, 2012
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This is a tricky war filled with deception and it is portrayed wonderfully by the author. The atmosphere he creates with references to Bogart and Bacall, the 1949 pennant races in both leagues, and other events of the day contribute to the feeling that you have been taken back in time. It is the beginning of a time when government operatives had to balance between individual justice and the greater good against a clandestine enemy that had invaded the upper levels of the country. While there were some slow moments, the book is solid and intriguing. The last 25% of the book is a pure page turner. It's hard to believe this is Mr. Flanders' first novel. I hope this is a series because I'll be reading his next effort. Well done!!
Sure, it had an espionage plot set during the early Cold War days involving a NY sports writer, and his old boyhood friend, a Washington diplomat with "progressive" leanings who was under investigation by HUAC . There was really interesting local color as the story evolved during the last days of hot pennant reaches in both baseball leagues. But...a bit too much about lost love affairs, and I thought, a hero, the reporter, who was a touch too naive for an ex-war correspondent and long-time newshound.
Then the book began to get better with each chapter, until by the end, I did not want to lay it aside to finish another day.
In the end, which was very exciting, btw, I enjoyed the book enough to say I look forward to reading more by the author.
Some love scenes, not too graphic. Some violence. Lots of NYC in the 1950's ..the Stork Club, Wise guy Cab drivers from the Bronx and everybody smoked-unfiltered- and ate corned beef sandwiches from a corner deli. Miss those days...
I am now begining with Book 2 and hope there will be no such boring and page consuming details and references to baseball and boxing,