City of Dreams
Author: William Martin
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from both the aspect of storytelling and writing style.
Martin’ s taken a page of American history many of us know about (the American Revolution), focusing on a tiny slice of it most of us know nothing about. When one thinks of the fascinating history of the American Revolution, and all the tragic and triumphant colorful events surrounding it, the last thing that comes to mind is the use of war bonds to provision George Washington’s army. In a setting alive with the details and minutia of early America, he brings events out of the history books into the real world with the development of characters who think, breathe and act like people we can identify with. We follow the ancient mystery of the paper notes through 200 years of evolving society while also unraveling the modern mystery Peter Fallon is confronted with in the midst of a global financial crisis. His research and background material about the City of New York, its design, layout and evolution gives the book great credibility coupled with insight and a sense of discovery. His characters bring a dead subject alive with details. Especially enjoyable was the manner in which he tied the story together from the Revolutionary era into the present day.
Very well done. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it.