***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Failed Moments by A. Robert Allen
Genres: historical fiction
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1790, French Caribbean: biracial plantation owner Patrice Beaumont is known as a “kinder” slave master, but his trusted friend reminds him that is no cause for pride. He claims to be committed to ending slavery, but his actions don’t back-up his words. Is being the “best of the worst” all he’s capable of?
1863, New York City: Giant Irish street fighter Patrick Allen is days away from battling it out with a similarly oversized black fighter, when the Draft Riots ignite dangerous racial conflicts around the city. Never one to take sides outside the ring or join a fight he can’t win, he steers clear of the angry mobs. So when he stumbles on a lynching in progress, who can expect him to do anything more than look away?
Modern day, New York City: Patrick Walsh, a day trader by occupation and a daydreamer by disposition, sits alone on his terrace trading his portfolio while gazing out at the city skyline. Alone feels right…always has, and he’s fairly certain, always will.
Besides having a similar name and a proclivity to make cowardly mistakes, what mystery ties these men together?
This book was different and unique. I honestly couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the last page. Patrick Walsh is a man many of us could relate to. It’s always easier to walk away and stay uninvolved than it is to step in and do what is right. Watching as he goes through each of these lives is amazing. The amount of research that had to have gone into this book is mind-blowing. You get an accurate picture of these major points in history and feel like you’re right there with the character. I felt each life could have been its own book because each part was so rich and well-developed. When each time period ended, it was sad in a way. I wanted the story to continue because I got so involved with the way the tale was spun.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It was absolutely terrific.
One thing I found you have to watch out for is this. When I originally read this amazing book, there was an odd typo that kept appearing in my copy. I contacted the author regarding it and he was positive it wasn’t there, so I looked again. You know what? He was right! For some reason, my first copy of the Kindle book had flaws introduced into it somehow. When I re-loaded it and looked again, those errors were gone. As this was in a span of 2 days, I can only say that it was a flaw in the digital rendering of the Kindle app itself as the file hadn’t changed any.
Available through the Kindle Unlimited program at the time this review was written.