Burton Blake is a family saga that spans three generations, from the 1940s to the present day. Robert Tucker is a master storyteller and I enjoyed this book as much as his first one.
Book Title: Burton Blake by Robert Tucker
Category: Adult Fiction, 518 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date: 1/06/2019
Content Rating: PG-13 +M (A few sexual scenes, F-words, and religious expletives)
In this sequel to the well-received The Revolutionist, the American journey of three generations locks the neophyte company president, Burton Blake, in a vicious struggle with corporate intrigue, financial greed, and social corruption. Born to a taxi dancer at the beginning of the Second World War, Burton’s father, Elias Blake, never knows his natural father, who is killed in the South Pacific. He is raised by his mother and stepfather from her second marriage who makes his fortune during the post-war real estate boom of the ’50s. Their untimely death by his business partner leaves the boy Elias in the guardianship of his mother’s best friend and her marine vet husband who introduces him to the macho culture of guns and hunting.
Elias’s youth is influenced by the adult world’s drive for personal material gain. Over the next decades, he expands his parents’ original real estate empire into the diversified multi-divisional, multi-national corporation that he leaves to his son, Burton. Upon his forced return from traveling and working with oppressed third world people, Burton learns increasingly more about the true nature of his deceased father as he undertakes the challenges of leading the company in a new direction.
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani
Burton Blake is a family saga that spans three generations, from the 1940s to the present day. Robert Tucker is a master storyteller and I enjoyed this book as much as his first one. I read The Revolutionist, where I was introduced to Julie Josephson. This book begins with her daughter Kristina, who gives birth to Elias who is the father of Burton Blake, the main character whose story begins about halfway through the book.
As with The Revolutionist, the author displays the talent of being able to write about any era with ease and to bring it alive for the reader. We begin with WWII and then move on to the post–World War II economic expansion manifested in suburban development and urban sprawl. Kristina remarries and her new husband is a visionary who begins a real estate expansion and founds a company that becomes the multi-billionaire conglomerate that ultimately Burton inherits. There is corruption among the top managers, and suddenly Burton must learn to navigate the dangerous waters of men who will stop at nothing for greed.
Once again, I enjoyed Tucker's storytelling immensely. Burton was my favorite character and I wished his story had begun earlier. It's also great how Tucker brings forth the secondary characters in connection to one another throughout the story. There were times when, because of flashbacks, I became confused as to the timeline. Because this is a book that spans three generations, it would be helpful to have the dates not just at the beginning of a section, but at the beginning of the chapters. This is a minor point, however, and did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. The last part of the book read like a suspenseful thriller and had me flipping the pages quickly to see how it would all pan out.
If you love family sagas with strong female and male characters, a realistic storyline with a variety of unique characters, along with some good writing, then I recommend you pick up Burton Blake.
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Robert is published by Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing under a multi-book contract. The author of four previous earlier novels, Robert infuses his books with unique dynamic stories and characters that portray social and cultural conflicts of their time. His career encompasses many years as a business consultant that has given him access to a wide range of organizations and an appreciation for people in all areas of society. His life experience is reflected in the literary quality of his work. Born and raised in the Middle-West, he has traveled throughout the United States and abroad.
Now retired, he resides with his wife in Southern California where he devotes full-time to writing. Robert is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters Degree in Communications at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received the Samuel Goldwyn and Donald Davis Literary Awards.
An affinity for family and the astute observation of generational interaction pervade his novels. His works are literary and genre upmarket fiction that addresses the nature and importance of personal integrity.
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