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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    Book 2 is a must read in this Trilogy!

    The Queen City: The Marquette Trilogy: Book Two

    A book review by Beverly Pechin for Review The Book

    Oddly enough, while this book is book 2 of a trilogy, I could easily see someone who hasn't even read book 1 delve without regret into book 2! While I'd highly recommend reading book 1, simply because the trilogy itself unwinds so beautifully with book 2, you can easily scoop up in the middle of this trilogy and enjoy it to it's fullest extent! So don't despair if you haven't had the chance to grab book 1, you can go back and you WILL once you read "The Queen City"!

    The author, Tyler R Tichelaar, has a way of bringing characters to life that is unbelievable. My favorite parts of the book are when characters from Book 1 wind through the dabblings of the characters in Book 2, but it's not a necessity to know these characters completely and intimately before hand. The characters that come to life are amazingly realistic & deep. Watching the world unfold before your eyes, through the characters of this amazing trilogy, is simply breath taking. It's a first hand glance from a perspective we, as people living in today's modern world, would otherwise never have a chance to take and it's an amazing one!

    You see how the world changes around these people, realizing how much had evolved in such a short length of time in life as you read the stories of each of the characters. You will find yourself once again cheering for those you love, crying with those who have entered your heart and becoming bitterly angry at those whom we all seem to know are simply mean and angry characters that are all too realistic to life!

    There are so many little stories going on throughout the book that you simply cannot get bored with the reading! If you have never read a trilogy in your life, NOW is the time to do so. It's not only a lesson on how a well written "trilogy" unfolds, but a lesson in history, life and humanity! Honestly, you cannot find a better historical fiction to read that brings the real world to life so well! Kudos to Tyler Tichelaar for an amazing book and an amazing series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

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    the historical multi-generational saga continues

    Author Tyler R. Tichelaar has a way of making characters pulse to life. When I began reading The Queen City: Book Two in the Marquette Trilogy, I felt like I was greeting old friends and encountering new ones. In this second novel that picks up where the last one finished, a new generation is introduced as well as the changes that time and technology bring to the small town of Marquette. Reading the first novel in this trilogy, Iron Pioneers, will certainly make the reader appreciate this one.

    Tichelaar's characters are unforgettable, not because they are superheroes or famous, but because they are everyday folk-human beings with qualities, faults and universal issues we can all relate to. History comes alive through the lives of these characters-lives that, although fictional, mirror those of people who lived through the monumental eras of the World Wars and the Great Depression.

    What I admire most about this author is his ability to weave the stories of his numerous well-developed characters together, linking them with true historical events. His novel flows well with every page turned as the reader becomes engrossed in these stories. Never predictable, sometimes heartbreaking, always hopeful, this author's work is a pleasure to read. I look forward to the last instalment in this trilogy and to see how Tichelaar brings this American multi-generational saga to an end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    LOVED it!!

    I just finished this reading this book maybe five minutes ago, and already I'm anxious to read the third one. I can't put into words how much I have enjoyed reading first Iron Pioneers and now The Queen City. This second book picks up where the first left off throughout this novel we follow the citizens of Marquette through another half a century..people grow up, get married, have children, get divorced, die, struggle to find the meaning of life, fight in wars and through it all, their common ancestory ties them together. Bonds form despite any blood ties the story is wonderful. Not only is the story historical, its entertaining. Tichelaar has a knack for creating characters that the reader connects with. You know you've just finished reading a good book when you have to stop and remind yourself that these aren't people who will be coming over for dinner later, or whom you'll bump into at the grocery store but rather characters in a story. They're that real. If you like historical fiction, or just a nice life story, I suggest you read the Marquette trilolgy. I can't wait for the third book, Superior Heritage to be released. (I must admit as well, I'm anxious to know what happened to Madeline the day she faked her death in the first book..she was never mentioned again.) Two thumbs way up!

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