Mr. Malone goes out of his way to paint Mr. Jefferson in a virtuous light, in spite of the duplicity and intrigue other, more contemporary authors have attributed to him. Mr. Hamilton's contribution to the nation's founding during "Jefferson's Time" is grossly understated as Mr. Malone used Hamilton's known rivalry with Jefferson to promote his champion at the expense of another, equally important founder. This makes for poor reading (listening) as once the bias is manifest, all other unique or "stand-alone" assertions by Mr. Malone lose a degree of credibility.
A large part of the story involved Cotton and his long time love interest. The status of their relationship in this story was confusing from the beginning, but unequivocally adversarial at the end. Not an uncommon development in this genre to be sure. My problem, however, is that I have no idea why! Mr. Berry might fine tune his craft by reading some Nora Roberts, et.al.
No. I love the genre, even most of Mr. Berry's previous books. This one just didn't add up vis. character development.
Mr. Brick is the master of all!
I hate to be disappointed by an otherwise favored author, but Mr. Berry has lost "favored author" status with me and I'm sorry for that.
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