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Stonebridge Conspiracy by David Moore

Stonebridge Conspiracy - David       Moore

David Moore’s Stonebridge Conspiracy is by far one of the best historical fiction books I have read this year.  From the beginning of the prologue Moore establishes a sense of place and time with small details and a very direct, almost spare, writing style.  The story takes us from the small town of Stonebridge, New York, to the horrors of the battlefields of World War I France and back, complete with a detour through an opium den in New York’s Chinatown.  This journey is filled with adventure, danger, ambition and conspiracy.  And within that journey is also a story of faith, loyalty, love and possibilities. 


In the first chapters of the book, I felt a bit wary of the writing and the storyline.  My first concern was unfounded, as what I mistook as a negative depiction of females was the author successfully portraying two women’s shallow and egotistical characters.  My second concern, and what had me putting the book down several times, was a sense of impending harm to the main character, Jake McCleary.  Jake was an instantly likeable character, and I just didn’t want anything to happen to him.


Stonebridge Conspiracy is one of those books that I find difficult to review without telling the whole of the plot.  As the first self-published book that I have read, as far as I am aware, it was a wonderful surprise to find a fully formed story with no need of an editor or proofreader’s hand.  


Though I did set this book down several times (the descriptive depiction of the horrors of the front lines had me setting it aside for a short time),  I kept coming back to it, and I am glad I did.  This is definitely going onto my re-read shelf, alongside Laurie Loewenstein’s Unmentionables, another fantastic World War I era historical fiction novel and the one that peaked my interest in reading about the era.


I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author, through the GoodReads First Reads program.  All opinions are my own, including the opinion that my review does the book justice.