A Tainted Dawn: The Great War
Author: B. N. Peacock
Publisher: Fireship Press (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 352 pages
This is a historical novel centered on the lives of three young men whose chance synchronistic meeting in chapter one is but a hint of their lives crossing again and again in this historical naval novel set on the horizon of war in the late 1700’s. The author B. N. Peacock blends a very distinctive style in her balance of narration and dialogue to keep the story moving and it is obvious it is well researched making the characters believable especially in focusing on the cultural tension between the three young men.
I found the book a slow read only because I am not all that familiar with the language and customs of that time period and I am not a naval reader. I required a dictionary but if you are a navy buff and into the history of that time period, you will have no problems. I did enjoy the book mainly because of the focus the author placed on these three men and their individual problems and I kept wondering what the outcome would be.
What I liked best about this book is its accurate depiction of the historical and cultural conditions of the time and the dialogue that made you feel you were right there- sitting in the 17th century. I believe this book would appeal to historians, navy veterans and I would recommend it to High School teachers for 9-12th grade students. I can think of no better way to learn history than through a well research, well written historical novel.
Reviewed by: Edward Kelly (2012)