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"Suspenseful...Provocative...A riveting work of political intrigue [that]... weaves real-world history into a deft, dynamic historical thriller" -- Kirkus Reviews Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man's corpse in his grave? J. Edgar Hoover summons reluctant Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the shocking revelation. "Suspenseful...Provocative...A riveting work of political intrigue [that]... weaves real-world history into a deft, dynamic historical thriller" -- Kirkus Reviews Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man's corpse in his grave? J. Edgar Hoover summons reluctant Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the shocking revelation. Armitage must travel the world to probe the mystery, and quickly becomes targeted himself by powerful and ruthless forces on both sides of the Atlantic who are committed to keeping the scandal secret--at any cost. The line between enemy and ally blurs perilously as Seth becomes enmeshed with a WWI vet turned assassin with whom he shares a strange bond, a beautiful double agent with a personal agenda, and the political madmen building the Nazi party. The complex web reaches ever deeper, until Seth finds himself forced to make the terrifying choice to protect or destroy the soon-to-be Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. In his second book featuring Armitage, Ashby once again brings to life the emotionally-charged period between WWI and WWII, showing us that psychological wounds of war do not heal quickly, and the thirst for power and revenge runs very deep.


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"Suspenseful...Provocative...A riveting work of political intrigue [that]... weaves real-world history into a deft, dynamic historical thriller" -- Kirkus Reviews Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man's corpse in his grave? J. Edgar Hoover summons reluctant Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the shocking revelation. "Suspenseful...Provocative...A riveting work of political intrigue [that]... weaves real-world history into a deft, dynamic historical thriller" -- Kirkus Reviews Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man's corpse in his grave? J. Edgar Hoover summons reluctant Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the shocking revelation. Armitage must travel the world to probe the mystery, and quickly becomes targeted himself by powerful and ruthless forces on both sides of the Atlantic who are committed to keeping the scandal secret--at any cost. The line between enemy and ally blurs perilously as Seth becomes enmeshed with a WWI vet turned assassin with whom he shares a strange bond, a beautiful double agent with a personal agenda, and the political madmen building the Nazi party. The complex web reaches ever deeper, until Seth finds himself forced to make the terrifying choice to protect or destroy the soon-to-be Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. In his second book featuring Armitage, Ashby once again brings to life the emotionally-charged period between WWI and WWII, showing us that psychological wounds of war do not heal quickly, and the thirst for power and revenge runs very deep.

10 review for In Shadowland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    To read all my book reviews, plus author interviews, guest posts and book extracts, visit my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com Author Bernie McGill has written that, ‘As a fiction writer, I am always looking for the gaps between recorded events, the spaces in between’. Timothy Ashby, the author of In Shadowland, has certainly followed this path, creating an engaging conspiracy mystery out of a real life event – the death of Teddy Roosevelt’s son, Quentin, shot down over France in WW1. To read all my book reviews, plus author interviews, guest posts and book extracts, visit my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com Author Bernie McGill has written that, ‘As a fiction writer, I am always looking for the gaps between recorded events, the spaces in between’. Timothy Ashby, the author of In Shadowland, has certainly followed this path, creating an engaging conspiracy mystery out of a real life event – the death of Teddy Roosevelt’s son, Quentin, shot down over France in WW1. Set in 1925, horrific memories of WW1 are never far away for Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, Seth Armitage, as he tries to uncover the truth about what happened to Quentin’s body. There are terrifyingly evocative descriptions of the horrors of that dreadful war and its lasting impact on Seth and others. ‘His first experience with war had been as a chronic assault on the senses. Exploding shells during the day interspersed with the rattle of machine guns. Screams from men in the throes of nightmares. Sobs from homesick farm boys who realised they’d made the biggest mistake of their lives in their eagerness to get Over There. Shots, shouts, screams and curses from trench raids. Jittery sentries popping off rounds at shadows. The omnipresent reek of sewage, cordite, gas and putrid corpses. Even the drinking water brought up in tin canisters on the backs of terrified donkeys tasted like death.’ Amongst the forces arrayed against Seth, prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him uncovering the truth, is a quite chilling villain, Peri Winslow. A perverted psychopath who gets a sadistic pleasure from torture and killing, he is the stuff of nightmares. Inspired by stories of murderous scavengers (or even ghouls and demons) said to have roamed No Man’s Land, Peri’s story is cleverly woven into the plot. A key role in the story is given to Adolf Hitler at a time when he was a fledgling dictator and not everyone recognised the threat he posed or the malign influence he would come to have. There are echoes of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life in the ‘what if?’ scenario the author explores as part of the plot. I enjoyed the walk-on parts for celebrities of the period such as Sam Goldwyn, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Rudolph Valentino, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. I also loved how the narrative reflected the time it took in those days to cross the Atlantic by ship, or if you could pull some strings, by airship. Although this is the second book featuring protagonist Seth Armitage and there are references to his earlier case, this book worked perfectly well as a standalone read. However, In Shadowlands entertained me such that I’d love to go back and read the first one at some point. I received a review copy courtesy of the author and chose to give an honest and unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    Special Agent Seth Armitage is tasked with discovering what happened to WWI pilot Quentin Roosevelt after an impostor is discovered in his grave. Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a scandal and stop the Americans from learning the truth. The action takes place in Europe during dangerous times in the aftermath of WWI. Hitler's popularity is growing and his anti-Jewish witch-hunt is gaining impetus. The atmosphere is one of mystery, intrigue and espionage. The book references real peop Special Agent Seth Armitage is tasked with discovering what happened to WWI pilot Quentin Roosevelt after an impostor is discovered in his grave. Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a scandal and stop the Americans from learning the truth. The action takes place in Europe during dangerous times in the aftermath of WWI. Hitler's popularity is growing and his anti-Jewish witch-hunt is gaining impetus. The atmosphere is one of mystery, intrigue and espionage. The book references real people of the time - Teddy and Quentin Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover, Ernest Hemingway, Gloria Swanson and the aforementioned Adolf Hitler, to name but a few. It gives the book an extra layer of credibility and it's easy to imagine that these events could indeed have happened. All the characters are meticulously developed and each plays their role perfectly. The historical angle was hugely interesting - mixing real life with fiction is something I haven't come across very often and was extremely successful. My only disappointment was that I expected more action and a bit less dialogue but apart from that, it was a very good read. Thanks to author Timothy Ashby for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. https://barnseybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2...

  3. 4 out of 5

    EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads

    Again I found myself reading a book that I would not have read or even thought about reading, as some would say not my type of a book. Holy smokes, this book really had me tied in knots, not only parts of the book were about real people and real events, but the characters were or felt so real that I wondered. Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man’s corpse in his grave? What a way to being a story, sure managed to claim my attention, this time between WWI and WWII, Again I found myself reading a book that I would not have read or even thought about reading, as some would say not my type of a book. Holy smokes, this book really had me tied in knots, not only parts of the book were about real people and real events, but the characters were or felt so real that I wondered. Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man’s corpse in his grave? What a way to being a story, sure managed to claim my attention, this time between WWI and WWII, a time that Germany was humiliated and dragged to the brink of disaster. Hoover summons Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the revelation that has the power to shock those involved and the US. " Armitage must travel the world to probe the mystery, and quickly becomes targeted himself by powerful and ruthless forces on both sides of the Atlantic who are committed to keeping the scandal secret—at any cost. The line between enemy and ally blurs perilously as Seth becomes enmeshed with a WWI vet turned assassin with whom he shares a strange bond, a beautiful double agent with a personal agenda, and the political madmen building the Nazi party. The complex web reaches ever deeper, until Seth finds himself forced to make the terrifying choice to protect or destroy the soon-to-be Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. " Sorry to borrow a blurb from the book, but if I were to write all that I thought about, I might divulge the plot and the ending, all I can say is that Hitler did all that we know, he was a killer a hater a psychopath, and responsible for way too many deaths not just Jews but a lot of good people died because of his notion of how the world should be. Mr Ashby thank you for a intriguing story that captured my mind. I received a free copy for my honest review! Review by Jara

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jara Beaubien

    Again I found myself reading a book that I would not have read or even thought about reading, as some would say not my type of a book. Holly smokes, this book really had me tied in knots, not only parts of the book were about real people and real events, but the characters were or felt so real that I wondered. Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man’s corpse in his grave? What a way to being a story, sure managed to claim my attention, this time between WWI and WWII, Again I found myself reading a book that I would not have read or even thought about reading, as some would say not my type of a book. Holly smokes, this book really had me tied in knots, not only parts of the book were about real people and real events, but the characters were or felt so real that I wondered. Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man’s corpse in his grave? What a way to being a story, sure managed to claim my attention, this time between WWI and WWII, a time that Germany was humiliated and dragged to the brink of disaster. Hoover summons Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the revelation that has the power to shock those involved and the US. " Armitage must travel the world to probe the mystery, and quickly becomes targeted himself by powerful and ruthless forces on both sides of the Atlantic who are committed to keeping the scandal secret—at any cost. The line between enemy and ally blurs perilously as Seth becomes enmeshed with a WWI vet turned assassin with whom he shares a strange bond, a beautiful double agent with a personal agenda, and the political madmen building the Nazi party. The complex web reaches ever deeper, until Seth finds himself forced to make the terrifying choice to protect or destroy the soon-to-be Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. " Sorry to borrow a blurb from the book, but if I were to write all that I thought about, I might divulge the plot and the ending, all I can say is that Hitler did all that we know, he was a killer a hater a psychopath, and responsible for way too many deaths not just Jews but a lot of good people died because of his notion of how the world should be. Mr Ashby thank you for a intriguing story that captured my mind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery A Richman

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard Peacock

  7. 4 out of 5

    acc.verbeeck

  8. 5 out of 5

    loisa beiza

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lou

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darren Edwards

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