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Spread across Kwajalein were blown up rifles, banged up helmets, potent grenades, burnt clothing, artillery shells, damaged bodies, and the stench of doom. The Second World War between America and Japan was in full swing, and Private William Martin, a military medic, was right in the middle of it. Without a care for his life, he singlehandedly took out many armored tanks and Japanese soldiers. He should be discharged honorably, and with medals! However, something happened at Kwajalein that needs to remain a secret. Someone set him up, and instead of an honorable discharge, he was sent to Byberry, a mental asylum. What is this secret? Who set him up? Is there any hope for William?
Fast-forward to the present day where we meet 21 years old Sandia. Her parents, who are high profile bodyguards, disappeared when she was 10 years old. She is kept in the care of her great-grandparent, who loves her to bits. Sandia has a tumor in the Broca's area of her brain that hinders her speech. The pension of her great-grandparent also stops because of a miscommunication somewhere. She tries to hire a lawyer to help, but she transposes the telephone digits. This brings Donovan, a multi-talented Braille translator, to her doorstep. Things take a very interesting turn from here. What is the connection between William and Sandia? Where are Sandia's parents? Will her parents ever be found? For answers to these questions and other juicy details, pick up The Last Seat on the Hindenburg, a novel likened to a bar, where truths are unearthed, secrets are leaked, and strategies are formulated!
The author, Charley Brindley, has created a masterpiece! I picked up this book and didn't drop it until I finished it. This is 344 pages of awesomeness that everyone deserves. I couldn't even fit this novel into a genre. History, war, humor, crime, and romance are some of the features of this work. The plot covered a series of events that occurred between the years 1944 and 2017, using the flashback method. The author beautifully tied up the story on a high note, making me feel like I was run over by a truck of emotions. I love everything about this book, and I'm tempted to ask for a sequel! This is an absolutely fantastic book! Oh, I said that already.
The title of the novel hit me first, and I had to make some findings. I discovered that the Hindenburg was an airship that crashed on the 6th of May,1937. It was on its way from Frankfurt to the United States, and there's an interesting story surrounding the last seat. A bar was built in its likeness and named after it in this book. This bar was where the best plans were made. I'd say that the thorough blend of altered historical happenings and fiction is a genius move by the author. On settling into the book, I fell in love with the writing style employed by Charley Brindley. His style was simple and engaging even though the story alternated between the past and present. The use of language was appropriate for each era that we navigated through. There was no time that I was lost or found anything difficult to comprehend. The plot continuity was seamless.
I loved that character development was consistent, believable, and commendable. The characters had depth, unique personalities, and clear motivation. Sandia may have been the star of the show, but Donovan was my star. The nerve of Donovan! He walked into military headquarters, presidential offices, and conglomerates, without a fear in the world. He outsmarted them in their territories and they did his bidding. He went all out for his friends without backing down, which is a trait that I admire. Asides the loyalty that he displayed, other characters in the book taught me different lessons. I read about love so pure, courage, bravery, hope, determination, and the strength in unity. I also loved Martin William's character because his will was unmatched. I could feel the tension as if I was on the battlefield during the war. The author also deliberately shows us the dirty politics that are played in the military. We get to see the scheming and injustice perpetrated by those at the top of the professional ladder. There's a lot to learn from this book.
I disliked nothing about this novel. I also believe that the book was professionally edited because I found very few errors that didn't hinder my reading flow. There was subtle romance in the book. I also didn't find any profanity. I rate The Last Seat on the Hindenburg by Charley Brindley 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to lovers of war, history, romance, and fiction novels. However, people who can't stand bloodshed, death, and violence may not read this book.
The Last Seat on the Hindenburg
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