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Posted January 20, 2011
I was a little concerned that, with the book being based on historical fact, that it would get a little boring for me. I enjoy knowing about history (occasionally), but not to the point that it sounds like a history lesson. Happily, this novel was anything but a standard school-taught history lesson.
Although the novel was fast paced, you still gathered a real feel for the characters and their personas. The mix of characters depicted throughout the novel gave a real sense of what that time in history might have been like. From the rich business owners, to the working-class captains, to the slightly on-this-side-of-the-law criminals, John J. Stevens covers them all.
There was a slight romantic twist to this story, but it did not deter away from the main theme of this novel. The telling of how the Lifesaving Stations came to be, and the men that committed themselves to them, is the main focus of this novel.
The pictures throughout the book helped you create a character's image and persona in your mind. I loved this addition to the story ... especially knowing that the majority, if not all, of these pictures were of real people from the past.
Overall, this a wonderfully written debut novel for John J. Stevens. Fluid and fast-paced, it is a novel that anyone would enjoy reading.
Posted October 26, 2010