Sunday, June 16, 2013

Review: A FINE AND DANGEROUS SEASON, by Keith Raffel

A Fine and Dangerous SeasonA Fine and Dangerous Season by Keith Raffel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What I liked most about this book is the way it showed how history is made by real people, with all their strengths, weaknesses, flaws, old grudges, resentments, grace, loyalty, faithlessness, idealism, and cynicism--sometimes all in the same character. Keith Raffel does a great job of portraying his people, both historical and fictional, so that you care not only about what happens to the country (which you probably already know) but what happens to them. That's what makes the best historical fiction, and the way Raffel handles the "ticking clock" of the Cuban Missile Crisis makes this a top-notch thriller as well. Recommended.

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