Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Empire of Night by Robert Olen Butler
Robert Olen Butler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who teaches creative writing at Florida State University. This is the third in his series of historical thrillers set during World War I and continues the adventures of "Kit" Cobb, an American journalist who's been recruited as an undercover agent by high ranking government officials who want America in the war before the German military machine can annihilate the British.
Kit, who survived the Mexican Civil War in his debut, The Hot Country, and the sinking of the Lusitania in The Star of Istanbul, is now tasked with outing Sir Albert Stockman, a British aristocrat who is suspected of secretly working with the Germans to undermine the British war effort with an aerial bombing campaign aimed at London. To make this assignment even more complicated, Kit's mercurial mother, the distinguished American actress Isabel Cobb, is having an affair with Sir Albert. Although each novel can be enjoyed on its own, I would recommend reading them all in sequence.
Click HERE to read a review form the Tampa Bay Times.
Click HERE to read a review from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.
Click HERE to listen to a podcast of Robert Olen Butler talking about The Empire of Night.