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League of American Traitors Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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"Rightly being billed as National Treasure meets Hamilton, this book takes a controversial historical figure from Revolutionary America and gives it an undeniably modern sensibility. Whether Hamilton was your first foray into American history or you've always been interested in learning more about our founding fathers, Landis's book will give you the punchy, suspenseful dose of our nation's past you've been desperate for." --Bustle
"Matthew Landis deftly weaves secret societies, ancient conspiracies, and American history into an unputdownable modern-day thriller, perfect for fans of Dan Brown. With a freshly-imagined Revolutionary backdrop and richly drawn characters, Landis's debut is the real deal." --Lynne Matson, author of the bestselling Nil trilogy
"League of American Traitors is criminally clever and wickedly funny. This is a thriller with historical depth and modern appeal. Landis is an author to watch out for. " --Tiffany Schmidt, author of the Once Upon a Crime Family series
"League of American Traitors packs adventure, humor, and a conspiracy-laced dose of American history into a three-shot duel." --Kristen Lippert-Martin, ITW Finalist for Tabula Rasa
"Witty banter, a clever premise, and the constant threat of danger keep the pages turning . . . Characters grapple with the issues of honor and responsibility. Others are forced to deal with the deaths of friends and family and the guilt of taking a life." --Kirkus Reviews
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Though the author is clear that this book is a total fiction, it's still an extremely fun ride. I loved the way that our nation's history was woven into this tale--not too much, but enough to make the grounding feel authentic. Landis is also seriously funny; the dialog and banter among his characters had me laughing out loud. The pacing is great--both detective story and true thriller--so I breezed through it.
If you're a fan of historical thrillers (think The Da Vinci Code or National Treasure), then you'll really enjoy this YA take on the genre.
I loved how the story opens in a funeral. I think it’s dark but real and when it's real, it grasps on to you. The first two chapters were absolutely filled with action and I knew this book was going to be good. As the chapters continued and the story and characters developed, my assumptions were confirmed. Landis is great story teller and knows exactly how to write about history for YA!
I also read that Landis was a history teacher and so I knew that the facts would be just that, facts. I felt that because of his expertise in his field, he was able to really open up the world of U.S. history in a very unique and entertaining way. There are not a lot of authors like that, in my opinion. Sometimes children are looked down upon because of their parents’ actions, I really enjoyed how Landis develops his characters with their pasts held over their heads. Nora was definitely a favorite of mine, but I do wish I would have heard a little more about her. I felt that Jasper was well thought out and handled situations, exactly how you’d expect a 17 year old descendant of Benedict Arnold to handle things, struggling to maintain honor, maturity, and responsibility.
With such a clever premise, and so much action, it was pretty difficult to not turn the page. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures and the clues given throughout the story that ultimately lead to a very satisfying ending.
I would like to mention that I was provided with an uncorrected e-galley to review this book. The fact that I was provided with the galley didn’t affect my review, but the quality of the galley certainly influenced my enjoyment of the book. There were a number of grammatical or spelling errors throughout and that’s something that pulls me out of the story. That is just a personal problem with the book and one I hope will not be present in the book when it is released on August 8th.
As a huge fan of history, I was incredibly intrigued by the premise of this book. It was sold as a mash-up of Hamilton and National Treasure – and who doesn’t love those two things? It wasn’t quite as fast-paced and thrilling as the premise would lead you to believe, but it is enjoyable.
I wish there was more character development in the novels because at times it was difficult to understand each character’s motivations. They might have a complete change in perspective or opinion and it wasn’t adequately explained leaving the reader questioning what was happening. There were so many characters in the book, many of which were quite prevalent that I understand that it probably wasn’t possible to develop them all. That’s just not feasible when writing a book, but I do think that the story would have benefitted greatly had there been just a bit more development.
The world that the author built was intriguing as he was able to blend authentic U.S. history in with his more dramatic narrative. Of course, settling one’s qualms via a duel is a bit dramatic but he managed to raise the stakes. His characters’ lives are on the line if they are not successful and yet the entire organization’s framework could be altered if they are.
The plot of the book follows the course of American history with traitors and spies, secrets and betrayals, love and heartbreak. There are pacing issues with the book as it has moments that drag and others that seem to jump forward without enough context. There are some scenes that seem unnecessary to the plot and could be shorted to give more opportunities for character development. Overall, I feel that it is a good debut novel that could have been improved by culling extraneous scenes and delving more deeply into the world and characters.
Although it suffers from pacing issues and underdeveloped characters – it is still an entertaining read. I would recommend it to fans of history and action/adventure books, as it melds elements of both into a novel about the heroes and traitors of American history (and their descendants). There is a lot of violence in the book, but as it is not graphic I would not hesitate to allow a YA/teen reader to pick up this book. If you’re a fan of historical fiction or action/adventures then you should definitely check out this book!
The story grabbed me from the first page. The action is intense and moves quickly, but it was the characters I really fell in love with. The story examines the price of violence, the burden of family secrets, and the importance of trust and friendship. Loved it!
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