Sons of Liberty
by Matthew Speiser
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Pub Date 26 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 30 Mar 2023
Sons of Liberty charts the extraordinary life of Ulysses Brooke, a rising political star in Old Virginia, who's not all he seems. When, in 1845, he's arrested for theft and treason, the world learns the truth: Brooke is an abolitionist and secret revolutionary, with a trove of buried treasure. Readers will uncover the tumult of his past, meeting his tragic love, Rebecca, and his enslaved partner-in-crime, Cato. We'll learn, too, of the ripples he leaves across centuries, from the suspicious rise of Gilded Age icon Sam Billings, to hard-charging investigations by FBI agent Alvin Starkman and his wife Faye.
This debut novel from author and historian Matthew Speiser is a page-turning action story of human cruelty and compassion. It propels the reader from the glittering champagne parties of the antebellum South, to brutal slave quarters burning with the anguish and aspirations of America, to the high-octane offices of high-flying bankers and federal agents entering the modern age.
Sons of Liberty is an exciting, interwoven narrative set against the soaring ideals and lethal dangers of this nation's boiling history. Unlock it for yourself, and become immersed in this tale of romance and betrayal, cast in the shadows of America's defining wars.
A Note From the Publisher
University of Virginia. In this, his debut novel, he crafts a riveting tale with historical accuracy and a crackling, vivid style that keeps his audience engaged throughout.
"This is an unforgettable novel by a historian whose knowledge of the period illuminates the narrative." -David Gelber, former senior producer, 60 Minutes, co-founder and chairman, The Years Project
". . . an epic novel that reaches into the soul of America." -Dr. Mario Dell'Olio, author of Letters from Italy
"Speiser makes his command of history and love of storytelling evident on every page." -Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post
Average rating from 7 members
this was a great historical mystery novel, it was what I was hoping for from the description. It was a great debut novel from Matthew Speiser, and had a great writing style going on. The characters worked in the story being told and did what I was looking for. The plot does a great job in telling the story and enjoyed getting to know Ulysses Brooke.
"Sam held up his finger. “Your nicknames slander nothing but ghosts.” He leaned forward, meeting the boy’s eye. “Would you refuse a slab of lumber, all on account of the faded blotch of a smoke stain? Would you worry over some wayward candle lit long before you were born?”
I have pondered a few days on how to write my review for The Sons of Liberty by Matthew Speezer because this book is so good I want to do it justice. I also don’t want to give anything away that wasn’t in the summary so let me just say this there was a guy name Booker and his dad owned slaves and one of those slaves Quedo. Booker cannot stand slavery and thinks it’s atrocious so one day he Brangles his good friend Ted in Quedo because he wants the Rob slavers… Those are the people that capture and resell or capture and bring back slaves. Who wants to steal the gold from the slavers and bury it in an area where slaves will be able to find it. That way they can decide what they want to do with the gold either rise up and fight against the slavers and slaveowners or make a bid for freedom. Now this is all happening in the 18th century when owning slaves was in full force and right after the revolution. Now we fastforward to to the early 1970s these people who are definitely on an economical down slope goes to the FBI and ask for agent Starkman specifically and although he has had a few great moments in his investigating career he does find this a little offputting but he persist. They are the relatives of Ulysses booker and have come to the FBI because they say the money the Billings foundation was founded on was money belonging to them. Agent Starkman hast to take the case as a government agent because not only is there evidence they may be telling the truth they even took the family to court and one a book with the coordinates to where the goal was and other things in it. As agent Starkman starts to investigate he eventually learns The family may be right but there’s more to the story than they know the things he uncovered that he pulls off is more important than he initially realizes and what does all this have to do with his beautiful African-American wife Faye? The racism in this book weather would be for the African-American characters or agent Starkman himself is just‘s just as unsettling as it always is but this time the racism may benefit those who really deserve it. Oh I absolutely loved this book. I know above the name of the slave who helped him was dictated wrong his name was Cato this is a book I will definitely read again and have put it on my all-time favorite shelf. Only a true historian could’ve pulled this off and I can only hope he writes another. I absolutely loved it and can’t say enough about it a truly honestly five star historical fiction novel. I received this book from NetGalley and black RoseWriting but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.