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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Madison Hopper and the African Blood Brotherhood by Peter Vickery is a spellbinding thriller that melds with espionage to deliver a powerful story. Black British spy Harry Wolcott has come to Boston in search of the double-agent who masterminded the blowing of his cover in Liberia. The one person who is likely to lead him to the traitor is Madison Hopper, a real estate heir and an investigative journalist with international connections. Madison has crucial information on U.S. and British intelligence as well as the Universal Negro Improvement Association and is about to release a controversial expose. Harry and Madison schedule a meeting for September 9, the night of the Boston police strike, but when Harry arrives, Madison is dead. Perhaps someone didn’t want them to meet.
Written in clear and enticing prose, Madison Hopper and the African Blood Brotherhood is part thriller, part sleuth story, a narrative with very sophisticated characters and strong cultural and political themes. One of the finest things I have read in espionage with an international setting. Peter Vickery has a narrative voice that is absorbing and he knows how to capture the attention of readers with strong and vivid descriptions. The author pulls readers into the scenes, forces them to look at the worldview of the characters, and makes them care about these characters. One of the gifts of this author is the ability to make readers see the world from the point of view of the characters, and their multi-dimensional nature makes them compelling. The emotion is strong, the suspense exacting, and the uncanny feeling that something awful is about to happen permeates the whole narrative. I particularly enjoyed the author’s unique way with words and awesome descriptions. A real treat for fans of thrillers and espionage novels.