- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Author Planet Press (November 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939990165
- ISBN-13: 978-1939990167
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,688,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In this suspenseful mix of fact and fiction, a disillusioned agent for the Bureau of Investigation journeys to post-World WarI France and Germany to search for the remains of Theodore Roosevelt's war-hero son.
In his provocative, politically charged 2011 thriller, Devil's Den, set in 1923, Ashby (Time Fall, 2013, etc.) introduced Seth Armitage, an agent assigned to find a killer targeting elderly veterans of the Civil War. By the end of that skillful merging of fiction and American history, a bitter Armitage resigned and joined his father's Virginia law practice. Now, two years later, he's been called to Washington, D.C., by new Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover to rejoin the fold and solve a case involving Armitage's distant relatives the Roosevelts. In real life, the remains of Theodore Roosevelt's WWI-pilot son, Quentin, were buried with honors in France and exhumed after T.R.'s death for transport to the United States. Ashby, a former senior U.S. Commerce Department official and counter terrorism consultant to the U.S. State Department, uses that exhumation as a spring board for a juicy work featuring conspiracy and corruption in high places. The body in Quentin's grave, it turns out, is someone else's, and Armitage's job is to find out what happened to the young war hero. Haunted by his own memories of the battlefield, Armitage travels to France and then to Germany, shadowed by a sadistic killer who's been hired to keep the truth from coming out. Another complication: a beautiful agent for the French intelligence service with her own lethal agenda. Ashby supplies impressively researched settings as he describes his complex hero, Hoover's dark, power-grabbing machinations, the killer's secret mission of horrific revenge, and the terrible realities of the trenches. He also touches on the rise of Adolf Hitler as a key element of the story. The result is a riveting work of political intrigue, layered with resonances of the past and present.
A highly readable series installment that weaves real-world history into a deft, dynamic historical thriller." -Kirkus Reviews
"The second installment of the Seth Armitage saga shows Timothy Ashby emerging as a major voice in historical fiction. In Shadowland never strays from a painstaking attention to accuracy, as it immerses Armitage in the flamboyant cities of Paris and Berlin of the post-WWI era. Armitage enlists the help of two unlikely allies--the beautiful Sidonie of the French Zionist underground, and Captain Heinz Guderian of the defeated yet resurgent German army. Central to unlocking the mystery is a shadowy political figure by the name of Adolf Hitler. Among the several "what ifs" the novel raises is just how close Hitler came to assassination in the lawless 1920s.
In Shadowland is a brilliant, thought-provoking, and eminently readable story." -- Dr. John Eipper, Editor in Chief of WAIS,and professor at Adrian College
About the Author
Timothy Ashby has worked as a lawyer, government official, and counterterrorism consultant with Top Secret security clearances. Visit his blog at www.timashby.com.
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Again I found myself reading a book that I would not have read or even thought about reading, as some would say not my type of a book.
Holly smokes, this book really had me tied in knots, not only parts of the book were about real people and real events, but the characters were or felt so real that I wondered.
Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man’s corpse in his grave?
What a way to being a story, sure managed to claim my attention, this time between WWI and WWII, a time that Germany was humiliated and dragged to the brink of disaster.
Hoover summons Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the revelation that has the power to shock those involved and the US.
" Armitage must travel the world to probe the mystery, and quickly becomes targeted himself by powerful and ruthless forces on both sides of the Atlantic who are committed to keeping the scandal secret—at any cost. The line between enemy and ally blurs perilously as Seth becomes enmeshed with a WWI vet turned assassin with whom he shares a strange bond, a beautiful double agent with a personal agenda, and the political madmen building the Nazi party. The complex web reaches ever deeper, until Seth finds himself forced to make the terrifying choice to protect or destroy the soon-to-be Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. "
Sorry to borrow a blurb from the book, but if I were to write all that I thought about, I might divulge the plot and the ending, all I can say is that Hitler did all that we know, he was a killer a hater a psychopath, and responsible for way too many deaths not just Jews but a lot of good people died because of his notion of how the world should be.
Mr Ashby thank you for a intriguing story that captured my mind.
The action takes place in Europe during dangerous times in the aftermath of WWI. Hitler's popularity is growing and his anti-Jewish witch-hunt is gaining impetus. The atmosphere is one of mystery, intrigue and espionage. The book references real people of the time - Teddy and Quentin Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover, Ernest Hemingway, Gloria Swanson and the aforementioned Adolf Hitler, to name but a few. It gives the book an extra layer of credibility and it's easy to imagine that these events could indeed have happened.
All the characters are meticulously developed and each plays their role perfectly. The historical angle was hugely interesting - mixing real life with fiction is something I haven't come across very often and was extremely successful. My only disappointment was that I expected more action and a bit less dialogue but apart from that, it was a very good read.
Thanks to author Timothy Ashby for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.