5 out of 5 stars
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Wages of Empire by Michael J. Cooper is set in the period of World War I. It looks at historical events and uses both factual and fictional events. It talks about Evan Sinclair, a young man in Cedar City, Utah, grappling with personal loss and contemplating his future amidst global events leading to World War I.
The book uses different characters and locations, including archaeologists, revolutionaries, and politicians, each facing their challenges and decisions. As the story progresses, it talks about the impact of war on individuals and nations, connecting events and individuals across the globe. The book particularly discusses the journey of Evan Sinclair and his role in World War I. It also talks about colonial powers' interest in the Middle East, showing Kaiser Wilhelm II's obsession with Jerusalem. As the war goes on, the book shows the strategic importance of events and empires.
I love the inclusion of a list of characters at the end of the book. This thoughtful addition helped me find my way through the diverse cast. The book also contained many characters, and I was amazed by the excellent character development. The book’s ability to maintain coherence across the numerous subplots in the book wowed me. Despite the complex nature of these subplots, every one of them was connected and contributed meaningfully to the central theme of the book. Additionally, the inclusion of specific details in each chapter, such as the precise place and date of events, made the book feel more real.
I did not like the numerous numbers of chapters, which totaled up to 51. Most of these characters were short, or rather, not too lengthy, so most of them were supposed to be joined together to create more quality chapters, and that could have reduced the number of chapters to maybe 30. Apart from this, there was nothing else I disliked about the book.
Wages of Empire by Michael J. Cooper was professionally edited. I found one minor error in it. I had only one minimal dislike, so I am rating it 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the continuation of this story in the next book, Crossroads of Empire.
Wages of Empire
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