A Veil of Fog and Flames

A Veil of Fog and Flames

by Lori Hart Beninger


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ISBN-13: 9780985689735
Publisher: On Track Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

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A Veil of Fog and Flames 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
dbitterman More than 1 year ago
Author Lori Hart Beninger has done it again...she has breathed life into historical events with well-crafted characters, vivid detail, and a riveting story line. With A Veil of Fog and Flames, she introduces her readers to the new city of San Francisco – a remote outpost of civilization struggling with all of the issues that plague its larger eastern cousins, but in its own unique way. Again we meet Guine Walker, now a 15 year old, and her friend Jack Moylan – facing the issues of their age and the times and their own internal longings. These are characters you come to care about and root for as they discover who they are, what they want, and where their choices will lead them. A must read for everyone who loves history and good literature.
deethree More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed Lori Beninger's first book, Embracing the Elephant, so I was delighted when she released the second book, A Veil of Fog and Flames. Beninger's style is elegant. I love the language and the descriptions. The chapter about the slave bounty hunters was particularly well done. I had no idea that California was affected by slavery in any way, which made the book even more enjoyable. I love when I learn something new while reading a good story. I am ready for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Veil of Fog and Flames is Lori Beninger’s sequel to Embracing the Elephant. This second book finds fourteen year old Guinevere Walker in San Francisco, following a path that leads to life-changing events. This creative and accurate portrayal of life in San Francisco in the 1850s opens a window into a fascinating world of intrigue and treachery. Beninger’s rich descriptions of the landscapes, lifestyles, and history through the eyes of Miss Walker and her friend Jack Moylan mesh easily with the emotional and very personal stories of these 19th-century teenagers. Some of the nightmarish events from their earlier lives in Sonora come back to haunt them both. It’s a compelling story of forging a life from what fate throws us. It is exciting, and at times, heart wrenching. In the end it will have readers longing for a third book.
SCadenz More than 1 year ago
From ForeWord Reviews:  Danger thrusts two vulnerable adolescents into the mire and mayhem of 1851 San Francisco in this coming-of-age novel. A Veil of Fog and Flames, by Lori Hart Beninger, delves into the anguish and turmoil associated with maturing in an environment that drives unprepared young souls into a brutal world more suitable for jaded adults. A powerful command of language and a well-researched perspective on nineteenth-century detail enhance the quality of this engaging story. Beninger presents an unfamiliar era with realism, refraining from the common tendency to romanticize history. Often gritty and unpleasant, this was a time when only the toughest spirit endured the onslaught of physical and mental pain. Two fifteen-year-old protagonists, Guinevere Walker and Jack Moylan, propel this intricate plot in countless directions, perhaps too many, in their pursuit of happiness. Defying established convention and resisting social pressure to conform is part of any generation’s awakening, and these mid-nineteenth-century American teenagers are no exception. Every experience—good and bad—comes across in a vivid, riveting scene that elicits empathy. The many angles this novel presents may render the story a bit vague, its purpose not as explicitly identified as a typical work of commercial fiction written for entertainment only. Sophisticated yet nebulous, the underlying premise remains subject to interpretation instead of making its mark with a blatant statement. Heavy on violence, no veil obstructs the view of atrocious crimes implemented in a big city clearly in the throes of urban decay. On the opposite end of the ferocious spectrum, learning to fight back is imperative to survival. “Then the antique gun is in my hand, small and uncomfortable, covered in rust and lint. I pull back the hammer and aim.” A Veil of Fog and Flames is Beninger’s second novel in her Embracing the Elephant series. This talented author’s literary approach brings out the period atmosphere and a near tangible sense of place.