Published by Sky Pony Press on August 8th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Mystery, Thrillers
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National Treasure meets Hamilton in a breathless history-based thriller from an outstanding new voice.
Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . .
When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.
First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.
His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.
Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.
Like a mash-up of National Treasure and Hamilton, Matthew Landis’s debut spins the what-ifs of American history into a heart-pounding thriller steeped in conspiracy, clue hunting, and danger.
I’m not entirely sure what even drew me into this one originally because just based on the title and cover alone, it’s definitely not something I’d normally pick up. But then I read the synopsis and was intrigued. And if it hadn’t been for The Fixer series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes or Hamilton, I definitely would not at all be interested in any sort of political thriller or mystery or anything along those lines. I always thought I would hate them but since I don’t want to ever limit myself, I tried a few out and found I really liked them. So when I saw this one, I immediately put it on my TBR list. I hope it’ll be fast paced and interesting while not getting too bogged down in political talk. And at under 300 pages, I still hope it’ll be well-developed. Either way, I’m really excited about this one and can’t wait to try it out!
Have you heard about this one? Are you excited for it too?