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Posted December 6, 2002
To succeed, this book needed to accomplish two things. It needed to seamlessly blend fact and fiction, and it needed a central hero the reader could care about. Regretably, it fails in both regards. The real story of the plot to burn New York reads far more suspenseful than this attempted yawn- I mean, yarn. And as a reader I kept searching for a chracter to care about - a drunkard at a bar and a barmaid who stumbles upon a secret? How about a strong character with goals that get them into trouble? And finally, nothing was more irritating than the constant use of the word "lucifer" to describe a match. I suppose the authors found the word during their research and thought it would draw readers into the context of the story - it didn't.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2000
I applaud the authors' efforts, but they should have done more research before using the real people they did in their plot. For one thing, their murder victim in real life testified against Robert Kennedy, the only man tried in the affair. Kennedy's own character was not as indicated. Considerable information about him and the plot is available in Nat Brandt's THE MAN WHO TRIED TO BURN NEW YORK ISBN 1583483462. In using Civil War history, it pays to tie your research down thoroughly. There are so MANY sources, and some of them are even available mass market.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.