This may be the best book in a great, great series. Mr. Collins does an incredible job of putting the reader into historical mysteries and events via detective Nate Heller, truly one of fiction’s best characters. One of the best and boldest things Mr Collins does in this series is have Nate Heller “solve” the unsolved crimes. In Stolen Away, he is not afraid to provide (and support) a great solution to the infamous Lindbergh kidnapping. While the reader may be familiar with the cases Heller solves, Mr Collins presents them in a hard-boiled, exciting and occasionally humorous fashion. Since the cases are historically unsolved or partly solved, part of the excitement for the reader (and what makes these books hard to put down once started) is anticipation of the ”solution” to be provided. The historical figures, even the minor ones, are depicted in fully three dimensions and very believably. Dan John Miller does a superb job with his voice characterizations of real and fictional characters and best of all he “gets” Nate Heller. Highly recommended.
It is the unique, disparate and fascinating perspectives through which Shaara tells the story of the Great War that make this book so good. As the author states, he is telling a story, not simply writing a history book. I highly recommend this book to history novices and experts alike. It is an exceptional retelling of exceptional events.
Paul Michael is an amazing performer. It is not a cliche to say that he brings characters to life. Lufbery, Temple, Richthofen...I could actually 'see' them. Mr. Michael is in that exclusive pantheon of great performers that also includes Roy Dotrice and Barbara Rosenblatt.
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