She plays with a fun idea in "The Tradition" and creates some fun characters doing it. Nothing deep or insightful here, but a fun read.
The story was really poorly executed, not common for Mercedes. The characters were simple, not complex and the story seems chopped up.
She left the story as a weak soap opera with lots left out. Was the marriage in fact real? Her parents were clearly murdered and that story line just dropped off. If Mercedes is planning a sequel, I will probably not purchase it.
I liked the stage magic bits and the use of the dragon in the end sequence was fun.
I am not a Cleveland scholar, but the book appears to be well-researched and does a good job of avoiding extrapolating from the known facts (for example about whether or not Cleveland fathered a child out of wedlock). I appreciate the well-crafted sentences and paragraphs which flow well.
I do not appreciate the intrusion of the authors' politics. This book will certainly play well on Fox News. Right or left, I prefer that biographers write a book about the person, rather than craft a biography upon which to hang their own political ideas. I do not care about the author's political views and found their frequent intrusion into the story annoying.
I would not recommend the book unless I find that other authors deal with the Cleveland life and administration poorly.
His narration is clear and his diction excellent.
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