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A Hostage to Heritage: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mystery (Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mysteries Book 3) by [Adair, Suzanne]
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A Hostage to Heritage: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mystery (Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mysteries (3 Book Series)

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  • Print Length: 269 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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In the second book of Suzanne Adair's Michael Stoddard American Revolution mystery thriller series, the reader finds themselves in the year 1781. When a group of bandits kidnap a noblewoman's son, Michael Stoddard is once again assigned to investigate. Numerous twists and turns link Stoddard with the mother in an incredible, unpredictable way.

Once again, Suzanne Adair has written a wonderful whodunit with plenty of intrigue, interest, and thrills. Wonderfully complex characters and a fascinating story line are coupled with terrific writing. And all this makes this a great book to sink your teeth in. Although this is the second book in the series, it stands alone and does not have to be read after the first book. Michael Stoddard is a charismatic protaganist, highly likeable, cursed with a touch of bad luck that always makes the story more interesting.

Suzanne Adiar knows how to write a great whodunit in a challenging historical period as its setting. There's always lots going on in Suzanne's novels. The story never lags and keeps a reader's interest until the end. With every new release, her books get better and better. Bravo Suzanne! Another great one to add to your list of books. Very enjoyable!
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A Hostage to Heritage is another of Suzanne's books set in the American War of Independence. Rather than following a campaign, this one is geographically more localised in the Wilmington area. Here, the main character is a soldier responsible for solving a particular crime, who needs to bridge some of the gaps between the British occupying force and the civilian population. The various groups and factions, and their relationships, are drawn sympathetically.

One of the key themes here - as suggested by the title - is that individuals' past experiences and actions continually trail into the present. Meetings with old friends and enemies, and recapitulation of old patterns of behaviour, shape much of the plot. The question that both characters and reader have to face, is whether past events need to be set aside, confronted, or integrated into current choices.

The book is standalone, but some familiarity with the characters from earlier books will help to follow the changing dynamics between them. An enjoyable read, and one where you have to keep your wits about you as the story twists and turns.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Suzanne Adair Michael Stoddard series 23 Mar. 2017
By Tess - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyed all three of the books immensely. Loved the characters' interactions and the history (I am a bit of a buff). Well developed personalities is a real plus, thank you for the hours of reading enjoyment. I just now finished the 3rd book and will be putting them on my shelf for re reading at some point. Good to know Michael will continue on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read-Looking forward to the next one in series 22 May 2013
By Beverly G - Published on Amazon.com
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The continuing story of Michael Stoddard with his assistant Spry, who has an interesting story of his own, but that will be for you to discover. Stoddard has an arch enemy to figure out how to defeat while he is solving everyday mayhem and juggling his personal life in the mix. Ms. Adair has written a man who is fighting for King while we in the Americas are fighting for independence from that King. Through reading books by excellent writers of personalities and their attention to detail like Ms. Adair there are good people on both sides of war. I think you will find an excellent hero in Mr. Stoddard and one you will want to keep following to see where Ms. Adair is taking him in his adventures through this period in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always delivers 22 Aug. 2016
By Diane Fairchild - Published on Amazon.com
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The historical knowledge brought to life in these books are a god -send. It was through one of these that I learned more about my ancestors part in the American revolution than any other. What possessed out forebears to leave their homeland and come here? What was it like for them? These two series set in South Carolina and North Carolina bring that time closer to home. I hope she adds some French Huguenots and some of the men who sailed with Lafayette next, some who might have been beekeepers and farmers, not sailors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old friends and enemies come back into Michael Stoddard's life 26 May 2013
By James Houseman - Published on Amazon.com
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The well-developed characters evolved in their inter-relationships, some positively and some negatively, especially with regard to Michael Stoddard. The author's ability to place the reader in the period and place of the novel is excellent. My reading of most of Ms. Adiar's earlier tales enhanced my enjoyment of this reading, especially in light of the reappearance of some earlier characters. Michael Stoddard's able assistant, Nick Spry, was full of surprises. My next trip through the Carolinas may include some detours to places referenced in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little known history 22 Mar. 2015
By Jenni Legate - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of the Michael Stoddard character and series. I thoroughly enjoyed A Hostage to Heritage. The back story is handled skillfully, the romance is suspenseful, and the story line is compelling. I enjoyed the history, the protagonist, and the antagonist. Lieutenant Fairfax haunts my dreams. I'm impressed with Suzanne Adair's historical knowledge of an area of the US that is rarely covered in mainstream historical accounts or fiction. I learn so much with each novel. I will continue to read this author's novels.
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