Book Title: The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker
Category: Adult Fiction, 649 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date: 12/03/2017
Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (This book does not contain any gratuitous violence. Any depicted violence is relevant to the historical period, as are scenes of white slave prostitution, sexual and physical abuse, and one of an abortion mill. They are written with sensitivity as to time and place and with appropriate literary language.)
Two different families escape from the political tyranny of their respective homelands, the Josephsons from Sweden and Matias and Kurt Bauman, brothers from Germany and Austria Hungary, with the aid of a Viennese opera diva, Sophie Augusta Rose, and Jean Guenoc, a former Jesuit priest, family friend and protector and partisan of the French underground. Their journey brings them to America in the throes of the industrial revolution during the 1890s and early 1900s.
Ingrid and Olaf Josephson settle on a small wheat farm in North Central Minnesota to raise their children, Newt and Julie. Among the Jewish entrepreneurs forced to leave Germany and Austria-Hungary, Matias and Kurt Bauman re-establish their transportation company in Chicago, Illinois. In search of a secret list of insurgent social democrats, the bounty hunter assassin, Luther Baggot, tracks his victims to the American heartland. Following the murder of their mother and father, Newt, Julie, and their friends, Aaron and Beth Peet, hide from the killer in a Northern Minnesota logging camp. Believing the children have taken possession of the list, Luther tracks them down and they are forced to flee again, this time to Chicago where a different world opens up to them as they are thrust into the turmoil and violence of an urban society and economy careening into the new century.
There are some writers that are born storytellers with the capacity to make all characters stand out and to write with ease about places, professions, and times in history as if they had lived them. Robert Tucker is such a writer. It's been awhile since I read a chunky book (this one is 649 page) and The Revolutionist reminded me of the sagas I used to read in the 80s and 90s.
The story begins in Europe with two different families whose lives converge at some point after their immigration to America. The first part of the story which begins in Germany with the Bauman family sets the background for the upcoming main character of Julie Josephson, whose tragic loss of her parents and the ripe-for-change turn-of-the-century atmosphere in Chicago among the immigrants shapes her into an intelligent open-minded woman who strives to continue the ideology her parents believed in.
I enjoyed the storytelling very much as under Tucker's hand the characters come alive and we see both the affluent way of living and that of the misfortunate immigrants who toiled under harsh conditions and who were taken advantage of. Julie's story is one of a coming-of-age, although at some point the secondary characters took over and we lost sight of Julie's growth and transformation. I would have forgone some of the minor plot lines for more of how Julie became revolutionary. I think Tucker's keen sense of characterization, multiple plot lines and extensive backstories could also have make an excellent book series out of this one book.
If you love historical fiction sagas with strong female characters, a storyline that spans two continents with a variety of unique characters, along with some good writing, then I recommend you pick up The Revolutionist.
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 have 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 address the nature and importance of personal integrity.
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