- File Size: 812 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (July 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005D1SWUQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Night of Horrors: A Historical Thriller about the 24 Hours of Lincoln's Assassination Kindle Edition
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One thing to point out though, is that this is fiction. The author had to re-create dialogues and choose what actually happened from various theories offered by all those historians and academics. With controversial events such as if Booth really did break his leg jumping to the stage, Berry chose one version (the more widely accepted one, in this case.)
Regardless, even as fiction, the book was fascinating. The author's prodigious research gave him a very broad foundation from which to weave his tale. And although we all know the outcome, I, at least, felt the literary tension continue to rise as the narrative approached that fateful encounter in Ford's theater.
Although I am fairly well versed in the events surrounding the assassination, I picked up many details about which I wasn't previously aware. All these details, coupled with the human face given them, created a much more engrossing narrative than the typical academic study.
Without a doubt, the content presented in this book was simply amazing. So why only four stars? While the content was top-notch, the mechanical aspect of the writing, unfortunately, was not. Paragraphs ran on and on, with 500 words being common. A long paragraph is not, in and of itself, a problem if it follows a particular train of thought or action. But in this book, the flow often jumped from one aspect to another, yet there were no paragraph breaks.Read more ›
The book is a page turner, and gave me insight (real or imagined by the novelist) into the thoughts, fears, and emotions of those involved. It is also a great window to the period, less than 150 years ago. The speech patterns, the mannerisms were well caught by Berry.
My only complaint was the occasion overuse of a word or phrase, but that is easily overlooked by the high quality of the narrative.
I want more.
However, the research may be one of the problems. Every time the story would start to pick up steam, we would plow into a museum diorama with a chunk of exposition on a plaque. I've done this myself, where I did research and gathered facts and by all the gods of storytelling I was going to *relate* those facts.
Repetition was also a problem. For example, I believe on no fewer than four occasions it was revealed to us as if it were the first time that the Secretary of State was laid up in bed at home, as he had been victim of a traffic accident, and his jaw was in a wire frame.
There's lots of good information here, and I read all the way through (as research for a role playing game), but if I want excitement and an engaging story, I'll probably go back to the Lincoln section of Assassination Vacation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be a truly interesting book on the Lincoln assassination. I had forgotten some the other incidents on the evening of the shooting. It was nice to be reminded.Published 5 months ago by Stephen E Liechty
Loved this move....I learned so much more that i did not know....Loved it....Published 7 months ago by Titan Discounts
The author made this story so interesting , it felt like It was happening now.Published 10 months ago by Eleanor Koester
Everything I was taught about this event was dry and uninteresting-the author brought it to life! I definitely recommend this book!Published 21 months ago by scorpiobabes
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