Burton Blake Book Review & Giveaway

Recently, I shared my review of historical fiction novel The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker--and I loved that novel. This morning, I have the opportunity to share another historical fiction novel, Burton Blake, from the author's series. What did I think of Burton Blake by Robert Tucker? Read my thoughts, learn about the author and the series and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: Burton Blake by Robert Tucker
Category: Adult Fiction, 518 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in this review.
All opinions are my own.

About the Book

In this sequel to the well-received The Revolutionist, the American journey of three generations locks the neophyte company president, Burton Blake, in a vicious struggle with corporate intrigue, financial greed, and social corruption. Born to a taxi dancer at the beginning of the Second World War, Burton’s father, Elias Blake, never knows his natural father, who is killed in the South Pacific. He is raised by his mother and stepfather from her second marriage who makes his fortune during the post-war real estate boom of the ’50s. Their untimely death by his business partner leaves the boy Elias in the guardianship of his mother’s best friend and her marine vet husband who introduces him to the macho culture of guns and hunting.

Elias’s youth is influenced by the adult world’s drive for personal material gain. Over the next decades, he expands his parents’ original real estate empire into the diversified multi-divisional, multi-national corporation that he leaves to his son, Burton. Upon his forced return from traveling and working with oppressed third world people, Burton learns increasingly more about the true nature of his deceased father as he undertakes the challenges of leading the company in a new direction.

My Review

Burton Blake is an Engaging Read from Start to Finish.   While the author did not catch my interest immediately with Burton Blake as he did in The Revolutionist--his writing style won me over quickly and held my attention through to the end.  Although Burton Blake is a sequel to The Revolutionist, readers could certainly read it as a stand-alone novel without feeling lost or confused--and readers of the first book won't feel that the story rehashes the first book.  The author creates a very detailed, intricate storyline that is both well researched and entertaining for readers.  In spite of the length, the novel flows smoothly and is an easy read with just enough twists, turns and mystery to keep the reader turning the pages.

Characters and Setting Transport Readers to Another Time and Place.  Tucker creates another very realistic storyline around his cast of good vs. evil characters that engages readers and draws them deeper into every scene.  His characters face challenges and dilemmas--and the author keeps them true to nature as the plot resolves.  Sometimes historical fiction can be a little drawn out and dry as authors set the stage and develop their characters for a new generation of readers.  Burton Blake is not that kind of historical fiction.  The author does a beautiful job setting his scenes within the time period and creating plot twists and dialogue that are both historically placed--but, relatable for the modern reader.

Would I recommend Burton Blake by Robert Tucker?  Much like the Revolutionist, I loved this book, I loved the characters, and I loved the author's writing style.  Burton Blake is another action-packed, historically placed novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy a blend of themes within a story.  I would recommend reading the series as a series--simply because both books were excellent for historical fiction and suspense fans. 

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Meet the Author

​Robert is published by Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing under a multi-book contract. The author of four previous earlier novels, Robert infuses his books with unique dynamic stories and characters that portray social and cultural conflicts of their time. His career encompasses many years as a business consultant that have given him access to a wide range of organizations and an appreciation for people in all areas of society. His life experience is reflected in the literary quality of his work. Born and raised in the Middle-West, he has traveled throughout the United States and abroad.

Now retired, he resides with his wife in Southern California where he devotes full-time to writing. Robert is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters Degree in Communications at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received the Samuel Goldwyn and Donald Davis Literary Awards.

An affinity for family and the astute observation of generational interaction pervade his novels. His works are literary and genre upmarket fiction that address the nature and importance of personal integrity.

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  1. I love the cover. It makes me want to read the book. The title is interesting too. Thanks for the giveaway!



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