City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan

City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan

by Beverly Swerling
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City of Glory 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
rmishou More than 1 year ago
Swerling's novel is set in New York during the War of 1812 - sounds intriguing - and starts this way. Unfortunately, like another of her novels, City of Dreams, it quickly loses any interest established in the first few chapters. The characters begin to be drawn with sincere potential, but then fall back into a predictable, stock status. The attempt to develop a complicated plot fails through the use of nearly unbelievable subplots and unmotivated sexual descriptions. The medical contexts used are good, but lost in the poor use of historical characters and situations. Swerling is unable to capture the mood or atmosphere of early 19th century New York- the historical 'facts' are forced and unblended giving the novel an unmotivated, artificial tone. The potential is there, but this on does not deliver.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book because I loved City of Dreams. However, this one is much different. While City of Dreams takes place over about a century, City of Glory takes place over about 2 or 3 weeks. It moved slowly and there are many characters that are hard to keep up with. I'm ready to finish this one and try Brookhaven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing after the first in the series. Very little character development and became boring at any points. Let's hope the third rises to the level of the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book of this series and enjoyed it. The second book dragged. Finished it but was disappointed.
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greatreader More than 1 year ago
Once again Beverly Swerling writes a highly entertaining and enlightening story about US history. Since she was not a new author to me, it was easier to follow the plot line. There are so many characters, and so much is going on, that at times it is difficult to keep everything straight. I think that is so because a character might be introduced but not discussed much until later in the story. She is very knowledgeable, and certainly makes history interesting and memorable.
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The first book, City of Dreams was recommended to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the characters, the history of Manhattan and the early use of medicine. So, I eagerly bought City of Glory. The plot was convoluted and the characters impossible to keep track of. Several times I gave up on it then forced myself to try again. In the end I abandoned it.
MairL More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first installment but still enjoyable.