The Kingdom of Ohio

The Kingdom of Ohio

by Matthew Flaming
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The Kingdom of Ohio 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Los Angeles, the elderly antiques dealer has worked for two years on mystery of the photograph he obtained. The picture is that of Peter Force Cheri- Anne Toledo, taken in 1901. In 1900 Peter came from Idaho to work in the hazardous digging of the subways tunnels beneath the city. Cheri-Anne is a mathematical genius with bizarre memories that seem not of this time and place. They meet accidentally; at least that is what it seemed to Peter. When she insistently claimed to be the daughter of the ruler of the Kingdom of Ohio who traveled in time, he assumed she was crazy. However, he also is attracted to her and soon begins to believe her fantastic tale when others seem overly interested in her including combatant inventors and warring financiers. Soon he will understand that past, present and future of time and place is relevant to the individual as all converge either to conflict or deconflict if free will is meaningful; just like the note left behind "CROATOAN". This is a superb time travel romantic suspense thriller that takes a deep look at the sordid underbelly, literally as well as figuratively, side of New York during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The story line is fast-paced in spite of the cerebral underpinnings as fans will relish the tour of the city as rarely seen in novels while being escorted by two strong lead protagonists and enhanced by the real persona they encounter. Matthew Flaming provides a great, intelligent yet exciting thriller. Harriet Klausner
Kspina More than 1 year ago
This was a great "what if" alternate history fiction. The characters were engaging, and I could really see turn of the century New York even though I've never been to the city. I have to say though it's not an edge of your seat story. It's a page turner though. The reason I have to give it a 3 star is because the ending feels forced. It felt like there needed to be a way to end it in keeping with the alternate history. I enjoyed the story overall, and it was worth my time to read, but I don't think it would be a reread.
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ofabookworm More than 1 year ago
(Read full review: http://entomologyofabookworm.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-review-kingdom-of-ohio-by-matthew.html) Another work of historical fiction I would not hesitate to suggest. With vague suggestions of the magical realism and New York focus found in Mark Helprin's A Winter's Tale, Matthew Flaming has crafted a novel of time-travel within the facts of history, a story of urban and mechanic power within the struggle for order, and a tale of love, passion and identity within the tangled mess of past, present and future. If you don't mind a bit of suspension of disbelief, and you appreciate the kind of story that weaves over and back into itself, you will certainly enjoy Flaming's debut.
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