Friday, June 8, 2012
Reich of Passage by Ace Collins
When I spoke to Mr. Collins (ok, he let's me call him Ace, guess we're friends like that) about anything new that he had coming out and if he would be interested in letting me do a review on my new blog, I was surprised that he said yes. It wasn't that I was surprised that he would let me do a review, I mean who wouldn't, right? I was surprised that he had ANOTHER book ready to come out. This guy has published over 60 books and I knew this would be another huge hit.
So what would you do if you were a journalist looking for a new direction in your writing, and you are introduced to Hollywood's most famous sex symbol, Jean Harlow? I'm sure you'd do what Tell Boyer did in this book, take a year off and devote every minute to reacclimating this "young" lady back into society. But wait, how did this famous lady from the 1930's get into the present without aging a bit? Tell finds out through his association with John Gould. John's father had experimented with a technology that allowed him to place terminally ill people into a deep sleep or a coma until their ailment could be cured. But let's not stop there. In addition to Jean Harlow, Tell finds out that another man, Jim Blane, a former American agent who had infiltrated the German SS was also kept in a coma. Jim begins to notice world leaders that appear to be previous members of the German SS, but how could they still look so young and what does it mean that they are in power? What would it be like to take a star from old Hollywood and reintroduce them to today's world? Can Jim find out how all of these former SS members are alive and what they are planning to do? The answer is...... READ THE BOOK!
I've enjoyed each and every book by Ace Collins that I have ever read. I learn so much through his writing, it makes me feel smarter when I put the book down. Ace's writing style is one that infuses enough fact into the story that it makes you want to read more about characters, places or events. Being a young guy myself, I wasn't aware of the story of Jean Harlow but I wanted to find out about her based on this book. Ace allows his characters to develop so fully in his books that you find yourself wondering how many were patterned after real people.
So is this a "man's book"? Absolutely! Famous actresses, German soldiers, world-wide government conspiracies, double-agents???? What guy in his right mind wouldn't fall for all of these plot elements?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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