Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith

From Amazon
From Amazon:
Prohibition-era mobsters collide with Underground Railroad abolitionists in The Jazz Cage. It is 1924—sixty years after the South’s victory in the Civil War. Frank McCluey, bounty hunter for the mob, is sent to help out a wealthy Virginian bootlegger. Frank’s job: track down two female slaves who’ve run away from the millionaire. But the mob has made a bad choice. Instead of capturing the women, Frank decides to help them escape to Canada, his mission now aided by the pint-sized but steel-willed runaway Della and the outlawed Underground Railroad. Soon Della and Frank become the target of slave catchers, cops, gangsters, and most chilling of all, a Confederate agent nicknamed the Hound for his ability to always sniff out and disembowel his prey.

Ray Chen Smith had asked me to read and review The Jazz Cage.  I really liked the idea of a post Civil War where the South won.  The real history of the Civil war is an interest that I had when I was younger, and was shared with my dad and grandfather.  So seeing the premise caught my attention and I wanted to read more.

This story just blew me away!  I really enjoyed it.  When I was able to just sit and read, I was spellbound!  The story is fast paced and has a lot of action happening.  It definitely doesn't leave you feeling bored.  

The point of view does change, but Smith does a great job of letting you know who it is right away.  So I didn't feel lost, or confused.  I also felt like each character contributed to the story, and each point of view offered more clarity of the entire story.  I don't think I could pick just a few to talk about.  You just need to read it for yourself to realize how great they are!

So as you can tell I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it!

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