Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Suspect Red

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review - Suspect Red

Suspect Red

About the Book
It's 1953, and the United States has just executed an American couple convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Everyone is on edge as the Cold War standoff between communism and democracy leads to the rise of Senator Joe McCarthy and his zealous hunt for people he calls subversives or communist sympathizers. Suspicion, loyalty oaths, blacklists, political profiling, hostility to foreigners, and the assumption of guilt by association divide the nation. Richard and his family believe deeply in American values and love of country, especially since Richard's father works for the FBI. Yet when a family from Czechoslovakia moves in down the street with a son Richard's age named Vlad, their bold ideas about art and politics bring everything into question.

Richard is quickly drawn to Vlad's confidence, musical sensibilities, and passion for literature, which Richard shares. But as the nation's paranoia spirals out of control, Richard longs to prove himself a patriot, and blurred lines between friend and foe could lead to a betrayal that destroys lives.

Punctuated with photos, news headlines, ads, and quotes from the era, this suspenseful and relatable novel by award-winning New York Times best-selling author L.M. Elliott breathes new life into a troubling chapter of our history.

My Take on the Book
WOW, this is a great look at this era in our history. While based on fiction, I am impressed at how the images, characters and plot does a great job at capturing all of this for the reader. I loved how each chapter was a month in the history of the book and you can feel the tension through the words on the page. The author has created a powerful text that represents the era well on top of capturing the fears and more of the world surrounding this era too. I highly recommend this book to all!

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