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Saffire, by Sigmund Brouwer
Days before the outbreak of World War I, the United States completes one of the greatest engineering feats in history: the Panama Canal. Like King Solomon of Israel, chief engineer George Washington Goethals enjoys nearly unlimited authority. But will a rough-riding cowboy and a 10-year-old child affect the project's fate and his own destiny forever?
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to let the dirt fly and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats.
Its in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt begins to protect a defenseless girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his courseor bring an end to it.
A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire brings to life the most impressive-and embattled- engineering achievement of the twentieth-century.
"An intelligent mystery...Sigmund Brouwers 'Saffire' is a fascinating novel. Unique, smart and compelling, Saffire is sure to be remembered well after the last page." BookPage
"A well-crafted plot filled with clearly defined characters that are distinctive, sharp and detailed is the highlight of this story along with Brouwers fine, smooth, compelling storytelling. An unforgettable read." (TOP PICK) Romantic Times
"Captivating! Emotional and impeccably researched. Saffire is a sweeping, early twentieth century novel with a colorful supporting cast and a main character who is both steadfast and strong. Brouwer weaves historical fact and storytelling with an expert penleaving the reader satisfied and, at times, in awe of the mystery and intrigue reminiscent of the classic Casablanca. I didnt put it down until I turned the final page."
Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Ringmasters Wife
The Christy Award "Book of the Year 2015" Thief of Glory
"Emotionally riveting and exquisitely raw, Thief of Glory is an unforgettable tale about survival, not just of the body, but of the heart and soul, with an ending that will echo in your mind long after youve closed the book. Brouwer is a master storyteller."
Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and Stars over Sunset Boulevard
"In Thief of Glory Sigmund Brouwer plunges readers into the mysterious embrace of the Dutch East Indies during the convulsions of the Second World War. Few authors have such an ability to immerse an audience in the sights, sounds, smells...and horrors! Brouwer makes you live it…sharing each moment of an exotic and terrifying time and place in a gripping, personal way."
Bodie and Brock Thoene, authors of Take This Cup
"Sigmund Brouwers Thief of Glory is a powerful story, richly told. Young Jeremiah Prins is a complex and fascinating hero, blessed with great gifts and challenged by choices to use them for good or evil. The details of life in a Japanese civilian prison camp are revealed in unflinching but compassionate realism, and the characters depict the human capacity for both great selfishness and great heroism. This is truly one of the best books Ive read this year."
Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores and In Perfect Time
"Ive been a fan of Sigmund Browers books for ages, but Thief of Glory cocooned me in rich words, vivid descriptions, and true-to-life characters, making this book hard to put down. A fan of World War II, Ive read countless tales, but World War II in the Dutch Indies was new to me, fresh and heart-wrenching at the same time. A true glimpse of light amongst darkness, made even more special due to the inspiration of his own parents true story. Thief of Glory is going on my keeper shelf!"
Tricia Goyer, USA Today best-selling author of over forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not badOctober 16, 2016JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In the American Zone of the Panama Canal, James Holt, a rancher from the Dakotas, meets a young mulatto girl named Saffire. He soon finds himself in a position of helping this girl, but thats not why hes in Panama. His visit isa formality in answer toa favor from an old colleague, who just happens to be the President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt.
Holt ends up staying for the girl, but his questions draw unwanted attention, and his life could be in danger.
This book was not what I was expecting. It started off great, with our mildly flawed hero, Holt, meeting a feisty young Saffire. Holts adventures through Panama are entertaining and suspenseful at the start, but I found that the story slowed as it went on. I think part of the reason was a loss of interest for me as the story turned more political in nature. Saffires story takes a back seat as other information comes to light, and just as I found my attention being captured again toward the end, the story was over. The wrapup of the ending seemed abrupt.
The book is marketed as Christian fiction, and there are a couple of mentions of God and a brief mention of faith, but theres no general Christian theme.
The writing was good, but I was a bit disappointed in the story. Though this may be a good read for you if you have any interest in the building of the Panama Canal.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5within the Panama Canal mysterySeptember 14, 2016KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer, 2016
This is a work of fiction. Apart from well-known people, events, and locales that figure into the narrative, all names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author's imagination and are used fictitiously. --The publisher.
a historical mystery
I so enjoyed Thief of Glory written by this author, that I looked forward to reading this novel, Saffire. He writes with truisms ~ a self-evident, obvious truth. Truth evident in the ruins.
the east-west passage between two oceans 1909
A simple helping someone becomes the focus of his character, James Holt. Drawn in simply to help ~ turns his life around beyond what he could have ever imagined his life would become.
The Panama Canal Mystery
I like how Sigmund Brouwer writes like he is divulging a secret to you as if you are sitting in a room of people silently and he has chosen you to share his confidences with. You are privy to information only shared by his antagonist in strictest confidence. Along with the three men in the closed room, chapter six will reveal an outline of intent that will change everything known. You look up and everyone else continues to expand their day, walking about, talking, so unaware of what is actually happening. For it is actual and the room closes back in as you listen.
You have one question in the back of your mind. Will Saffire still be hanging around waiting for James Holt's exit? For there is contact, lest the title be obscure ~ which you are certain it will not be. Saffire with no p and no h but just as brilliant and standing out without a word.
"Your secret is safe with me. I have no one to tell and I'll be gone tomorrow."
Everyone came with the same intent ~ to fill their coffers. Everyone hoped to leave different than they came; possibly not within their own realm of expectation.
I liked the historical descriptions throughout ~ educational, along with the intrigue of the story.
***Thank you, Blogging for Books, for sending me a copy of Sigmund Brouwer's Saffire to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5interestingSeptember 12, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed the story. I have never read anything that had to do with the Panama Canal so those details were interesting. I really liked the Saffire character and James Holt. It wa interesting how they interacted. I would not have liked to be in that area during those years with all the sicknesses and revolts going on. It was fun to learn who James is helping and bits and pieces about his daughter. I received a copy of this book from blogging for books for a fair and honest opinion.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Building the CanalSeptember 9, 2016mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I could feel the humidity and sense the mosquitos in this book set during the construction of the Panama Canal. The canal zone, with rights to build by the US purchased from France, was going to go through Panama, no matter the scandal, the cost, or the disruption to Panama life. President Teddy Roosevelt sent James Holt to the area to help with the investigation of a missing woman. She is Saffire's mother and she has purportedly left a note telling of a move to the United States.
In the story we meet the big players in the canal build: Colonel Goethals, Mr. Cromwell (scoundrel!), Mr. Miskimon, and a host of Panamanian leaders, either by money or politics.
As Holt begins and ends and continues and ends his investigation, we are pulled into the back side of the political story around the canal project. We also meet a host of characters, like Saffire, who are the fabric of Central America at the time.
It was a great read. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
JudyMom2ArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great read!September 1, 2016JudyMom2ArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer
This story is told from the single point of view of James Holt. A rancher who has traveled to the American Zone of the Panama Canal. It's 1909 and not everyone is happy about the Americans being in Panama. The class difference is quite obvious and not many care about the young mulatto girl.
Well, some people care. Her mother has supposedly left the country to marry an American but Saffire does not believe her mother would leave her. She goes weekly to state her case to the man in charge. The man in charge wants the girl appeased so she leaves him alone. And James Holt finds he cares as well. He just didn't realize how much danger that caring would get him into.
This story is a mix of fiction and historical facts. Real historical figures are weaved within this tale of intrigue, danger, and a touch of romance. I like the way the author weaves humor and sarcasm into James' character. This is a real page turner and even though it's not the usual type of romance I read, it was very enjoyable.
**Received from WaterBrook for an honest review