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Swordpoint

David Crane

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This is the fourth novel I’ve read by David Crane. His others were filled with interesting characters and had a sci-fi bent that I generally enjoy. I enjoyed them so much I thought I’d give this one a shot. It is historical fiction which is a genre I don’t venture far into very often. It was also the author’s first venture into writing historical fiction.

The previous novels I read by Mr. Crane included emotionally deep and relatable characters, even when placed in not relatable circumstances. This rare talent extended well to this historical fiction set during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. I’ve never been to France but have read a few history books on that time period. The story constructed by Mr. Crane really brought the time period to life for me though. The facts I knew about the time began to take shape and meaning in ways that a straight history rarely, if ever, really can.

The plot moves along quickly but at a perfect pace. There are unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on your toes but not throw you for a loop. The twists have a purpose and play into the plot rather than being a desperate attempt at holding the reader’s interest as some plot twists sometimes are with lesser authors.

Overall, this was another great read and a lot of fun. If all historical fiction novels were like this one, I would read a lot more historical fiction!

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