Timely Heroes: Under the Southern Cross
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If you like novels and enjoy history, this is a must. Feb 22, 2009
By Adrian Ochoa
Timely Heroes is a historical novel based upon actual persons and events. Is an exhilarating true tale of four americans in the early 19th century revolt of the spanish colonies. These four men had a common background. they were seasoned sea captains, masters, commanders and owners of their own merchant ships.
The novel delivers an entertaining account and perspective on international history. This book is an excellent resource to avid novel readers, students, educators, and history enthusiasts.
The author, Gardner Hale Russell, is a talented historian and author. The book is divided into six books. Once you start reading, you can't let go. The construction of the book meshes well with its organization and lends itself successfully to the account of little known events in history. Each book is broken down into chapters, which typically fit logically into the topic of each book. All books are composed of several defining parts that maintain a sense of continuity throughout the volume. The novel is well-referenced, making skillful use of first-person sources.
The orderliness of the book conforms to an academic curriculum. While each book create neatly parceled packages, a detailed story is shown in enjoyable and entertaining style.
While immersing the reader in the intertwining plot of each of the books, Russell presents a broad analysis of that focuses on developments in other countries, like Spain, Great Britain, Argentina, etc, as opposed to the many history books that single out achievements of the United States. The author's use of vivid stories helps to make the advancements come to life as something more than significant events on a timeline. While at times the stories may clutter the plot, they also breathe life into what otherwise could be considered to be a dull history subject. The author's enthusiasm for the topic is obvious throughout the book. While it carries minor editing errors, the shortcomings of this first edition will likely be alleviated by later editions. These problems are only a minor distraction to the stories being told.
Remember: it's a novel, it's unknown history and reading it is very well worth it.
Adrian Q. Ochoa
What your history teachers didn't tell you Jan 24, 2009
By S. DIBRANCO
Gardner Russell has certainly done his homework, documenting how North Americans invested both their money and lives in helping Latin American countries in their battles for independence from Spain. I've taken Latin American history classes, but don't recall any teacher mentioning the "timely heroes" unearthed by this book. Personally, am not a fan of battle scenes but for those of you who are, Mr. Russell provides ample details of key events. I enjoyed the many details about political machinations, personal ambitions, etc., that helped to drive forward the quest for independence in Argentina.
Well written historical novel Jan 31, 2009
By J. Saxon
I enjoyed this book. It helped me to appreciate the struggles that all countries endure for freedom. Learning historical details about the individuals and the naval battles was satisfying. The novel is easy to read, understand, and it is interesting. Lots of tall ship adventure and South American history.
Should be a movie Nov 15, 2010
By Tom Drake
I found this book so gripping that I could not put it down. Based on actual people and events, I devoured this as quickly as I could. It would make a great movie. Hollywood are you listening?
Timely Heros Feb 02, 2009
This is an outstanding book that is hard to put down once you pick it up.
Not only was it very interesting, but historically invigorating. A great read.
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