Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Blood Alone by James R Benn

Blood Alone by James R Benn is a wonderfully literary World War II mystery. Set in Sicily during the allied invasion, the novel combines the efforts of General Eisenhower and Lucky Luciano to defeat the Germany and Fascist occupiers of Sicily. With a balance between historical fact and engaging characterizations, the story moves quickly.

Literary touches include many fresh and appropriate metaphors and similes.
The echos rattling in a narrow passageway between stone buildings until it sounded like a hysterical mob on our heels.
The literary style is also demonstrated in the title: Blood Alone. Mussolini said:
Blood alone moves the wheels of history.
The Sicilians only trust blood relatives. The wine becomes blood when served by the priests.

A real pleasure to read.

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