Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Queen City: The Marquette Trilogy Book Two by Tyler R. Tichelaar
Published August 2006
Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Author Tyler R. Tichelaar has a way of making characters pulse to life. When I began reading The Queen City: Book Two in the Marquette Trilogy, I felt like I was greeting old friends and encountering new ones. In this second novel that picks up where the last one finished, a new generation is introduced as well as the changes that time and technology bring to the small town of Marquette. Reading the first novel in this trilogy, Iron Pioneers, will certainly make the reader appreciate this one.
Tichelaar’s characters are unforgettable, not because they are superheroes or famous, but because they are everyday folk—human beings with qualities, faults and universal issues we can all relate to. History comes alive through the lives of these characters—lives that, although fictional, mirror those of people who lived through the monumental eras of the World Wars and the Great Depression.
What I admire most about this author is his ability to weave the stories of his numerous well-developed characters together, linking them with true historical events. His novel flows well with every page turned as the reader becomes engrossed in these stories. Never predictable, sometimes heartbreaking, always hopeful, this author’s work is a pleasure to read. I look forward to the last instalment in this trilogy and to see how Tichelaar brings this American multi-generational saga to an end.
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