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Two Crowns for America Paperback – May 6, 1997
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“A fascinating blend of history, adventure and conjecture which will excite the reader page after page.”—Abilene Reporter-News
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nd in Europe, an unseen Master peers into a darkened mirror to see the man whose destiny is to wear the victor's crown. Across the sea, in a land named for a virgin queen, Gen. George Washington is thrown from his horse and has a dream that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Soon, a reluctant Washington will be elected Commander-in-Chief of the new Continental Army and considered for the position of king of America--and his rise will set in motion a chain of events that lead directly to rebellion. But little do the colonists and Founding Fathers realize that they are part of a greater plan, being used as pawns in another person's game of power and conquest.
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think the USA needs to look again to the 'great Architect' of the universe; and the values of true freedom for all instead of just the monied few.
I love historical fiction books, but I really didn't enjoy this one. I felt that the "Professor" character really took away the agency from the characters that defined the American Revolution. Lafayette, Washington and others just didn't seem to come to life. You also don't really get any action within the revolution, but instead most of the book is devoted to Masonic rituals. While it was interesting to see them, I didn't think there needed to be as much time spent on disclosing every detail of those rituals. I would have rather had more time be spent on the characters themselves.
Overall I was very disappointed. The characters were unconvincing and seemed like they were just going through their paces, and I never cared about any of them; there was never any real sense of urgency to the story; Kurtz spends way too much time *telling* what happens instead of showing us what happens; and basically, I didn't see any real *plot*, at least not one that caught my interest! Those few aspects that seemed intriguing -- the nature of the Master, for instance -- are the ones that are least delved into.
It may be worthwhile reading if you're avidly interested in U.S. history, particularly of the American Revolution; but if you're just looking for an entertaining story, I'd pass it by. I feel bad giving this book only one star -- it's not *badly* done, exactly -- but frankly, I only finished it out of a sense of duty.
Ms. Kurtz also introduces a host of major figures of the day, a list longer than the number of original signers to the constitution in the American rebellion from its represssive master, Great Britain. A delight in this case is the portrait of emissaries to Europe establishing new relationshps and strengthening old ones on behalf of the emergent ntion of united Colonies. Also of paticular interest is the expansion of the Craft, the mysteries of freemasonry to which many of our famed forefathers belonged. This also dovetails nicely with author Kurtz's interest in fantasy.
Rich in historical detail, this novel treats the reader to the sweep of the colonies' leaders as they determine that war was inevitable to throw off the autocratic imperialist environment and that they must create a new social order with their daring new constitution. Author Kurtz handles the drama of these early constitutional conferences well, allowing us to understand the courage demanding of the signers who knew they would be -- like Nathan Hale -- branded as traitors and put to death for their actions. While I believe the book is weak in character development, individuals are painted as unvaryingly white or black, a fault somewhat mediated by the wealth of historical detail. Another confusing detail of "Two Crowns for America" is that Ms. Kurtz tends to use long sentences that separate modifiers from their roots, thus losing the reader in the process.
But, even so, the refreshing point of view of this book about a tale often told overwhelms its small problems. You'll want to add Katherine Kurtz's "Two Crowns for America" to your shelf.
The author's only flaw is during the initiation of the lady, when she exempts her from one requirement, but maintains another. This displays modern sensiblities, not those of an age where a proper lady would feel no compunction nursing an infant in public, but when no woman could expose her legs to view without scandal. The lady, her husband and the gentleman preparing her for the ritual, should have found it no more uncomfortable, and perhaps eaisier, to bare the left breast than to bare the left leg from the knee down. Knowing how modesty was practiced in that day, it was for me a jarring note.