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I won’t put in any spoilers, but the plot basically revolves around John Wilkes Booth (Lincoln’s assassin) and we get large parts of the story from his point of view. Booth, who is known as “Wilkes” to his friends, is haunted by an evil spirit who had connections to Booth in a past life, and intentions for Wilkes to carry out diabolical plans in this one. The author skillfully interweaves one period of history (Civil War-era) with another (Ancient Rome) and ties everything together with an intriguing mystery and a good dose of psychological suspense. The details on setting and character were so well done that I literally felt like I was on the streets of nineteenth-century Washington D.C. and could see and smell the horse-drawn carriages, the smoky saloons, and President Lincoln’s shabby, run-down White House. This author obviously did a ton of research for this book because there were so many little details inserted here and there that were just fantastic about the time period.
I will definitely be checking out other books by this writer, as I believe she’s done a couple of other time-travel novels and I bet they’re amazing. Would strongly recommend this one to anyone interested in history, quality fiction, or thriller/suspense.
By Sashadoo on 28 April 2017
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I think everyone is aware of the fact that John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, but here, author Diana Rubino has cleverly mingled historical fact and speculative fiction to produce a superb piece of work. A U.S. reviewer unfairly says he was expecting a historical novel but found it to be a 'romance rag' an unfair and highly derogatory remark, as the book's description clearly sets out the plot for the reader.
Ms Rubino weaves a complex tale involving Booth, a beautiful actress employed to spy on him, and a mysterious Romania coin that appears to have a mystical power and a hold over Booth. Even though he realises the coin bears a malevolence he can't understand, Booth cannot get rid of the thing, no matter how hard he tries. The plot becomes complicated by the actress, sent to spy on Booth's seditious activities, becoming romantically involved with him and Booth's life, and the book itself, corkscrews towards an inevitable and 'necessary' end. A great read, worthy of five stars.
A bit of the paranormal meets history with a dash of "Romeo and Juliet" thrown in to make for a page-turning story. Ms. Rubino knows her history, and she writes entertaining works, one right after the other. A Necessary End does not disappoint.
Historical characters are brought to vivid life in this story. The reader gets a behind-the-scenes look into Booth and the action that made him infamous. What things happened, slowly pushing him toward his radical decision to kill Lincoln?
Ms. Rubino's story explores all of the above in a way that is memorable. Even though we all know the inevitable ending concerning Lincoln, suspense is still created, and tension is high until the last page. This book is highly recommended to both lovers of historical fiction and the paranormal.