My fascination with World War II began as a child. I read the book titled The Diary Of A Young Girl and all my innocent perceptions of the world fell apart. The world was in a very dark place at that point of time. Rather than scare me away, it made me yearn to know about the stories that were yet untold. About the tributes that were still not given. Yes! Many battled and many lost… Not all of them are remembered!
A writer must always read! Yes! While I put reading on hold while I was writing my own novel, I found that I was lost. Quite recently I took the plunge again. With an upcoming vacation on my hands I decided to accumulate all the reading material I needed. Thinking it was best to stick to a theme, I asked a few members from a great Facebook group called Book Connectors to direct me to some novels that were written about the World War II.
Among the many suggestions that I received one particular one stood out: Kingmaker by Adrian Hyde.
I thought that I would start out reading it and space the book out over the next couple of days. Sadly (or not!) that did not happen! The book draws you into the thick of the plot from the very beginning. Climax upon climax builds up to a crescendo and I just couldn’t put it down. I even burnt my food because I was not paying attention to what I was doing! Was too engrossed in the book to care!
Adrian Hyde takes you through the lives of many different characters but you eventually find yourself bonding with the main character namely King. The beautiful feisty Anja was definitely my second favorite. To be honest, you find yourself empathizing will all the characters. It is a story telling skill that Adrian Hyde has really mastered!
The sheer genius in the story doesn’t just lie in his portrayal of the characters. To me, it is all about the amount of research that Adrian has put into his book. It is evident by the way he tells the story that he knows what is happening. His descriptions take you back in time and while the story may be in the realm of fiction, it will keep you wondering if it really did happen!
I hate cliche stories. I hate being able to predict the end. With the Kingmaker, I was dead certain what the end was going to be… Then I wasn’t… Then I was again… Then I wasn’t! It kept me guessing right till the very end! Surprise! Surprise! The end isn’t something that had crossed my mind at all! That itself made me give the story a 5 star review! Adrian Hyde deserves it!
There was just one small thing that disappointed me. I loved his book so much that I wanted to check out the others that he had written. There in came the next surprise. The Kingmaker is the first book that Adrian Hyde has written! Bummer! Now I’m going to have a long wait for his next book to come out!