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Slave Graves by Thomas Hollyday is a tense drama, with the rich history of rural eastern Maryland woven seamlessly into a story that has more than enough action. I was particularly impressed with the way the author used Frank’s experiences in the Vietnam War to move the story forward to a most satisfying conclusion. For readers who are interested in some of the lesser known aspects of American history, this book is a gold mine of information, from the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, to the little known southern sympathies held by many rural Marylanders during the Civil War. The action is built, step by careful step ending in a dramatic, but satisfying conclusion. History and mystery, when well written as this book is, are a sure-fire good read.
Frank is out in the mosquito-ridden marshes because real estate financier Jake Tennent wants to build a bridge right in the middle of what might be a significant archaeological find. Jake is a friend of the university that employs Frank (and his girlfriend Mello, who teaches some business courses) and when Frank and a ragtag team of students, scholars, and state archaeologists block his plans, he is not a happy man. (It's no coincidence that Terment comes across like a certain New York-based real estate mogul currently running for president.)
While Slave Graves does not have the comic edge of Carl Hiaasen’s work, the eclectic cast of quirky characters and the collision of special interests here reminds us a lot of Hiaasen’s work, particularly The Blue-Tongued Vole.Slave Graves is a story about history--and not just the history represented by a possible ship wreck or the location of a slave cemetery. Waterman Soldado hates Jake Terment and has been feuding with him for years. It's a story about race and class and entitlement. It's about knowing which fights you can win and which you can't.
So what you have with this book is the entire package--good characters, a twisty plot, and terrific local color. If you're a fan of region-specific mysteries, you will love Slave Graves.
A fascinating read, full of money, big business, history, conscious, and doing the right thing even though it may not work. The characters are strong and memorable. The dialogue is proper for the time & place. Thomas Hollyday has written a beautiful book full of misery, memory, and conscience.
The character of Jake has more than one face. There is the face for the investment groups. The face for the politicians. Another face for the locsls, rich then poor. There is the face of smugness & one of rage. He was definitely multifaceted in the book.
Frank began as one man, memory brought forth another, & truth brought forth the best. He struggles within himself for quite some time to emerge as a newer man.
Pastor Allingham is an excellent choice of character. He is doggedly determined. He wants truth to come out & is not afraid to speak his mind. He will work with strength & untiring positivity.
Maggie has been burned & chained to a desk for speaking out against construction over an important site, in the past. Does she do what is right for her boss? Does she do what she knows could get her fired?
Each of these characters have a part to play in Slave Graves. Each will see the truth, but one will deny it. Who will win? You should read this book to find out.