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

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A book by Beverly Swerling

Swerling sets her enthralling follow-up toCity of Dreamsagainst the backdrop of the War of 1812, when New Yorkers are suffering the dire economic effects of a British blockade of American ports, and talk of secession is rife. In Manhattan, the wealthy … see full wiki

Author: Beverly Swerling
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
1 review about City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire...

Sweeping Story of Intrigue in Old New York

  • Jan 5, 2007
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City of Glory is indeed glorious; Beverly Swerling offers us a sweeping story of intrigue, battle, patriotism, double-dealing, and romance set against the backdrop of the War of 1812 in New York. Peopled with a brilliant array of characters, this one pulls you in easily and won't let go until the final page--and even then, you're left wondering what these people will get up to next!

The story opens with Dr. Joyful Turner losing a hand during the Battle of Lake Eerie; this event forces Joyful to conclude that he must leave medicine, so he decides to enter into the world of business and trade. From this point on, the action is fast and furious as we are introduced to some of the oddest-named yet most fascinating characters: Delight Higgins, Gornt Blakeman, Manon Vionne, Finbar O'Toole, and Tintine the pirate. How these characters intersect and interact is set up brilliantly; Swerling lays small ideas early on that show themselves as great tentacles that pull the plot together tightly as the story moves ahead. Lots of action, lots of intrigue; what more could you ask of a novel?

Though the setting is historical, this novel easily achieves a sense of deceit and design that makes it modern and refreshing. Swerling has given us a tale that will sweep you up and away and leave you wanting more. Highly recommended!

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