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Zemsta by [Brown, Victoria]
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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Brown's debut novel recounts how a young woman's murder affects the lives of childhood friends. But it is the portrayal of real-world history--the height of Prohibition, the early days of cinema--that makes the book such a gem. A nostalgic, authentic novel that charms with its vintage hue.
--Kirkus Reviews

Zemsta
touches on social issues of the '20s, when Akron was a stronghold of groups like the Ku Klux Klan that targeted not only African-Americans, but also Jewish, Catholic and immigrant workers who had been attracted by the labor boom of the rubber industry. There are many good historical details.
--Akron Beacon
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Brown has layered Zemsta with multiple characters giving the story extensive width. I am more critical of writers who attempt to put their spin on history. Brown does not disappoint. Taking us into the early 1900s when America was first undertaking its grand social experiment known as Prohibition: Brown successfully navigates us through a history lesson of human corruption, while illuminating readers to a difficult and troublesome period in American history. I can easily see this book on a recommended reading list for high school or college students.
--Eric Wynn, Yahoo! Voices


Brown has assembled all the right ingredients for a gritty historical novel. Prohibition-era Akron, Ohio, with its brutal factory conditions, corrupt wealth, and harsh class relations offers the backdrop for this novel about immigrants attempting to maintain the bonds of childhood friendship as life pulls them apart.
--Publisher's Weekly

From the Author

Zemsta is an excellent choice for book clubs. If you're interested in having the author join your book club discussion either in person or by Skype, send an e-mail (located in the back of the book) to set it up.

Product Details

  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985439114
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Woodchuck Publishers; 1 edition (May 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082CMISA
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This Story Grabs You by the Shirt Collar and Doesn't Let Go

As a reader of historical fiction, I was intrigued by the premise of Zemsta, and I found the fast-and-loose Prohibition era fascinating. Zemsta gave me an insight into the 1920s and what it was like to be an immigrant at that time.

Set in Akron, OH during the 1920's, the book includes many details of life from this bygone era--of immigrants who worked in the rubber factories, the WCTU, Cleveland Indians baseball games, speakeasies, bootleggers, corruption, andmuch mroe.

It's also a story about families: the privileged, immigrants, broken families, and families struggling to survive.

The characters were well thought out, and by the end of the book, I felt as if I knew them, both the good and the bad. Some of the characters I wanted to cheer on, and others I hated, always the mark of a good book

This book has something for everyone. The story grabs you by the shirt collar and doesn't let go. If you like history and suspense, you will thoroughly enjoy Zemsta. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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Zemsta is the type of novel that hooks you right from the beginning. What I like most about Zemsta are the characters. The author did a great job on developing characterization, and by the end of the book I felt like I was a part of their lives. This made it easy to connect to the book and become engaged right from the very beginning. I was happy that the author gave you insight into what happened next for the characters. I felt like that was so important since you really become attached to each character and their friendships.
I have always been a huge fan of historical fiction and I have always been interested in the 1920s. This book does such a fantastic job at incorporating real events from that time with a beautifully written story. You learn so much about the time period and the city of Akron that it almost becomes another complex character. I would highly recommend this book.
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I could not put this book down. I was fortunate to get it when it was offered free for the kindle for about a day. It was a true page-turner, and I learned a lot about the Prohibition era. I am a big fan of historical fiction, but this is not a time period I read a lot about, so it was very interesting.

Also, the bad guys in this book make me wish I could jump through time and strangle them myself! It is always so satisfying when the bad guys get their comeuppance. That alone is a reason to keep reading til the end!

Overall, 5 out of 5 stars. I would highly recommend this book.
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I ran across this and fell in love with the cover ~ I wanted to know those fellows. I started reading ~ and couldn't stop! I couldn't imagine the three boys meeting but it still rang true - and reminded me of being young and totally committed to my friends. I liked the interweaving and would recommend it to anyone!
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Masterly crafted and peppered with historical facts, Victoria Brown's debut novel takes place during the years of Prohibition in the unlikely setting of Akron, Ohio.

Brown knows how to write a fast-paced suspense novel that will keep you reading. Her prose is lean, and the pages move quickly in and out of Cleveland Indians baseball games, the Cotton Club, speakeasies, and bootlegging stills in the Ohio countryside. It's evident that Brown meticulously researched the era.

Page by page, we grow to know each of the characters more intimately: both the good and the very wicked. The character development in Zemsta is extremely well done. You can feel the strong bond they share with one another.

We know from the beginning that there is a murder. Brown lays it out in the Prologue. But it's no whodoneit because we know early on who the murderer is. What we don't know is how or when the main characters are going to find out--and what they're going to do about it when they do. As the plot unfolds, and the details of the murder are revealed, we begin to see what drives people to move over to the dark side. I was on the edge of my seat as the story led up to the heart-pounding conclusion.

This is a great vacation or beach read. Enjoy!
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I came upon this book by chance and found I couldn't wait to get back to it each time I had to put it down. It is almost a good versus evil, rich versus poor, and basic good guy versus bad guy scenario. Get this book. You will not be disappointed
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This is a first novel by a very promising writer set in Ohio in 1920s. The plot is well thought out, engaging and satisfying at the end. The author provides an excellent background to set the scene for a very interesting period of history. All the characters come to life and are well developed. I have read some unfairly harsh comments by other reviewers about the dialogue and I agree that it might not be as strong as the prose but the story kept me turning pages till the wee hours - the sign of a good book if ever there was one! I really enjoyed this book and can highly recommend it to anyone looking for an easy to read, fast paced and exciting story for the summer.
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Great story about a true murder mystery in Akron, Ohio in the early 1920's. A story about how a group of boys, from different sides of the railroad tracks, stay as friends all their lives and help solve these murders.
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