Author: Sigmund Brouwer
My rating is 4 stars.
James Holt has a history with the exiting President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt. They met when James was a teenager, living in the Dakota Territory and Teddy living there as well while recovering from grief over the loss of his mother and wife. They became friends. Soon, however, Teddy left to reignite his political career and James left home to join the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Years later, Teddy needs someone trustworthy, but unaffiliated with anything political to do him a favor. He calls on his old friend James Holt. He sends James to Panama amidst the building of the greatest human accomplishment of the time…the Panama Canal. James meets a young girl named Saffire who is petitioning the American authorities to investigate her mother’s disappearance. The Panamanian authorities won’t do anything and the American authorities keep putting her off. James discovers he will be investigating her disappearance.
He quickly learns that he has stirred up a hornet’s nest of trouble and vows to leave Panama, but his sense of responsibility and honor keep him sticking around, exposing him to greater and greater danger. During the course of this investigation into the disappearance of Saffire’s mother, he uncovers a political plot that could potentially threaten the free world. Spies are everywhere and James isn’t sure who is on who’s side and what games they are playing. He has valuable information, but who can he trust?
Negatives: There was no spiritual aspect of this story. It is published by a Christian publisher, but there is nothing to differentiate it from a secular novel. The character of Saffire really isn’t the main character of the story. She is a wonderful character who is strong, interesting, very smart and brave. I would have liked to have seen much more of her in the story. Sometimes the story was a bit hard to follow.
Positives: Great setting and time period that I knew next to nothing about, so I learned quite a lot. The main character of James Holt was courageous, sarcastic, witty, intelligent and the perfect foil for the character of Miskimon. I applaud the amount of research that must have gone into the thought process to create this unique story. This would be a good read for those fans of history!
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