Title: The Wilson Deception
Author: David O. Stewart
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publishing date: 29th September , 2015
Published by: Kensington
My Rating: 4/5 stars
*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference that would remake Europe in the wake of World War I, David O. Stewart reunites Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook, protagonists of the acclaimed The Lincoln Deception, in an intriguing presidential mystery…After four years of horror The Great War has ended, and President Woodrow Wilson’s arrival in Paris in December 1918 unites the city in ecstatic celebration. Major Jamie Fraser, an army physician who has spent ten months tending American soldiers, is among the crowd that throngs the Place de la Concorde for Wilson’s visit. As an expert on the Spanish influenza, Fraser is also called in to advise the president’s own doctor on how best to avoid the deadly disease. Despite his robust appearance, Wilson is more frail than the public realizes. And at this pivotal moment in history, with the Allied victors gathering to forge a peace treaty, the president’s health could decide the fate of nations.
While Fraser tries to determine the truth about Wilson’s maladies, he encounters a man he has not seen for twenty years. Speed Cook—ex-professional ball player and advocate for Negro rights—is desperate to save his son Joshua, an army sergeant wrongly accused of desertion. Pledging to help Cook, Fraser approaches Allen Dulles, a charming American spy who is also Wilson’s close aide. Soon Cook and Fraser’s personal quest will dovetail with the dramatic events unfolding throughout Paris, as French premier Georges Clemenceau narrowly survives an assassination attempt and peace negotiations begin to unravel. Rivalries and hidden agendas abound. At stake is not only Joshua Cook’s freedom, but the fragile treaty that may be the only way to stop Europe from plunging into another brutal war.
With a cast of vividly drawn characters that includes T.E. Lawrence, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill, David O. Stewart’s fast-paced novel is a riveting and expertly researched blend of history and suspense—illuminating, deftly plotted, and thoroughly satisfying.
It’s a surprise that I liked this book. It really is!
Reading about war, politics, and history is not exactly my favorite thing to do. Reasons being that many of the things make no sense to me plus I am bad at remembering dates and names of people plus I can’t seem to remember what power a particular position owns. (I know, I am hopeless. But hey, my memory isn’t RAM. 😛 )
This book combined all the things that I exactly am not a fan of but surprisingly I enjoyed the book, Well, the parts where war, history, and politics had no direct effects.
The book is set in 1918, around the WWI and the Peace Treaty phases and it was nice to read. Then again it has a story of friendship, of love that actually had my attention. The problems to a son (Joshua Cook), drag his father to him, with the fatherly love, Mr. Speed Cook leaves no stone unturned to get his son out of trouble. Mr. Cook’s friend Major Jamie Fraser proves that friendship can really help you get through some of the tuffest times. Dr.Fraser’s family- his wife, and daughter stand by him in his decision to help his friend, infact, they offer to help him as well.
All the people with political importance, the army, the spies, everything was so fascinating. How people are manipulated to get things done, how games are played to turn the table around was an interesting thing to read about.
The writing was engaging and the way the writer kept the hold on character’s personalities made it more real. Some of the lines have a great deal of intelligence and a deeper meaning. Here’s a few that caught my attention-
And a funny one-
This book is a follow-up to The Lincoln Deception, Maybe I need to read that as well. 😉
Why would I pick it up?
The historical events and interactions with famous people makes it an interesting read. The feeling of love and friendship amidst all the dirty games is something that the world always have and always will need. A little dose of reality, why not? 😉