A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn
Category: Adult Fiction 18 yrs +, 400 pages
Genre: Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Daniel Davidsohn | Release date: June, 2020
Tour dates: Jun 1 to Jun 12, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. Sex abuse description and a few situations of violence.
From the primitive ruggedness of the Amazon rainforest to the privileged society of New York, three generations experience triumph and tragedy in this saga of loyalty, corruption, greed . . . but one woman has the power to change it all.
In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber boom. Pioneers in an era of uncertainty, they form an unlikely alliance and establish the foundation for a successful empire, Reid & Welch. However, with Julian's death, the empire is left to Alan, as is the responsibility for Julian's newborn daughter, Christel.
Yet for Christel, there’s no growing up as a privileged heiress. Instead, Alan subjects her to a life few endure, much less overcome. Through her will to survive and being as uncompromising as she is beautiful, Christel puts the horrors of her past behind her and begins to build a seemingly bright future. But when the success built on corruption starts to crumble, Christel will be forced to address the past or pay for the sins of the fathers.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
A Goddess Among Us is a very disturbing book in discovering how the Title was "earned".
It is brutally inconceivable to imagine this actually could happen, yet, in this very corrupt world, it is not impossible.
This is a story of two men of very different experiences and values, who left home to "seek their fortunes" and ended up broke, in an undesirable place, and desperate. The "American" - Alan - was friendly yet unethical in his ways. He was both a fiend and a friend. The British-man - Julian - was misled, determined, likable, a gentleman, and the "brunt" of Alan's unsavory schemes.
The two escaped individuals who were "after them" by going to a place in Africa to find work. While there, Alan manipulated a "contact" into assisting them to get hired by a man who was particular who he hired. Alan cleverly created an opportunity to unethically use this to further his financial gain. Through corruption, he and Julian were given little choice but t do the bidding of an official and devised a plan to obtain wealth.
The following years brought much success, grief, betrayal, abhorrence, love, a bizarre friendship, and unbelievable circumstances.
The tale that accompanies these events, is full of corruption, amazing ascension from abasement, political atrocities, and philanthropy, plus much more.
When i began the book, it too me awhile to truly "get into it". However, as it progressed, it became increasingly intriguing. It was a very bittersweet tale, leaving the reader unsettled, in many cases. How it all will end up is not easily decided until the very end.
One problem I had with it, is the sudden break in the timeline. Then it would take some effort to realize years had passed. There was nothing stated to fill in the gaps at all.
The characters were well-defined and the scenes fairly easy to visualize. The Title and Cover image were both a good "fit".
This book was gifted me with no stipulations for a positive review. This is my honest review.
MY FAVORITE REVIEW OF LEAVE HER OUT
~ Review by Viga Boland ~
If the corruption behind high level politics is your kind of reading, you’ll enjoy Leave Her Out by Daniel Davidsohn. This author, who has experimented in film and has written several screenplays, brings the creative skills he has in those areas into this psychological thriller i.e. he makes it easy for readers to see the action in Leave Her Out as if they were watching a movie on the big screen. And what an interesting cast of characters! There’s Anthony Morris, now retired former president of the USA, Morris’s VP, Mohe, of native Indian descent, and his unsmiling, shaman-like father who sees and senses what others can’t. And there’s Morris’s long-estranged daughter, Stella, now a very successful and rich lawyer who rejected what her father stood for even before he became president. There’s also Morris’s supposedly good friend and advisor, Charles Dulles, who moves in unusual ways and has some mysterious, even dangerous contacts. In short, there’s a sea of characters around Morris, who now just wants to be left in peace to write his memoirs…a book he wants given to Stella on his demise. But suddenly his memoirs are of great concern and confusion to all these characters, who scramble to understand why Morris has written them in the way he has, and are fearful of who might be hurt by the contents.
As Morris pens his story, and the author shares that in bits and pieces along the way - a story within a story - in Stella’s world things are being turned upside down as she finds herself defending a company that she now realizes is as crooked as a company can be. She removes herself from the case and, in doing so, plunges herself into danger. When she suddenly and inexplicably disappears, Morris pulls out all the stops to find her, forgetting the animosity that existed between them over the years. Events topple over each other, people inexplicably start dying, and Morris, though he’s unsure of whom to trust, starts putting others before himself for the first time in years. Before readers start hurtling toward the last page, Davidsohn gives them quite a look up the staircase to the top and behind the closed doors of high political office. It’s not a comforting sight, but it sure makes for great reading, along with a fast-moving plot and psychological thrills. Oh, there’s some romance too, just to keep everything in balance. Well done, Mr. Davidsohn!
Meet the Author:
Born in 1969, Brazil, Daniel Davidsohn's novels have been called exciting, gripping, and engrossing, garnering him praise and rave reviews. He is passionately attracted to unfamiliar things and enjoys taking readers off the beaten path. His books include From The Nile to The Euphrates (2009), Mare Crisium (2015), A Higher Power (2016), The Karma Code (2017), Leave Her Out, a 2018 Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist, and A Goddess Among Men (2020).
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