Friday, July 10, 2020

Book Review: Hunting Teddy Roosevelt by James A. Ross

History and fiction blend together to create the perfect opportunity for adventure and intrigue in Hunting Teddy Roosevelt by James A. Ross.

When Teddy Roosevelt opts not to run for a third term, he decides to keep his promise to the new president and not interfere. So, his son Kermit, a security detail from Pinkerton, and others join him on this African safari. They are unaware, however, that J.P. Morgan has planted a killer in their ranks, tasked with making sure Roosevelt doesn't come back alive.

When Roosevelt manages to return from Africa, Morgan is not about to allow his desire to regain the presidency to interfere with the expansion of his American empire.

What a fascinating plot! In this well-written and engaging story,  a plausible set of circumstances unfolds in the African outback. This is not just a story of a murder plot. It is the story of a popular president who has tried to distract himself with other ventures until his love of politics reels him back in. It is the story of a father seeking to help his son overcome depression and alcoholism. It is the story of injustices taking place across the world that a talented statesman has the opportunity to influence. It is also the story of a long-lost love that re-introduces herself into Roosevelt's life to chronicle his safari adventures, while also being paid by her employer to uncover his future political plans.

I honestly didn't study Teddy Roosevelt much in high school or college. The founding of the American Colonies and the American Civil War were my preferred courses of study. I did, remember, however, his trust-busting agenda that angered business tycoons of his day. In Hunting Teddy Roosevelt, Ross has developed a believable story filled with numerous historical and fictional characters, each with their own agendas. With a spectacular ending that lends itself to a sequel, I am eager to see what happens next.

Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Regal House Publishing; None edition (July 31, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1947548964
ISBN-13: 978-1947548961

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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