Secrets of the Dead. A Review by FCEtier
July 2, 2013
“Through the travail of the ages
Midst the pomp and toil of war
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.
So as through a glass and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names – but always me.” — George S. Patton
General Patton believed in reincarnation.
Ambrose Lincoln has lived it.
How many lives has he lived? No one knows. Countless times upon this star.
Not even he knows how many times he has lived and died.
As a result of his peculiar circumstance, Mr. Lincoln has no fear of death whatsoever.
Everyone will die with secrets.
When Ambrose Lincoln dies, he will carry many secrets to the grave with him.
But he won’t remember any of them in this life.
Lincoln is the central character in Secrets of the Dead, Caleb Pirtle’s most recent offering. Pirtle is the author of over sixty books and long recognized as one of America’s great story tellers.
November 1938 is the setting for Secrets of the Dead. It was known as “Kristallnacht.” It was a night of horror in Poland. A night of broken glass, broken hearts and broken promises.
Kristallnacht would likely have been the “Gulf of Tonkin” for America’s involvement in World War II had it not been for Pearl Harbor. Either event alone would have begun the cascade of events that brought the Yanks into the European war. Together, they assured American involvement and doom for the Axis Powers.
Kristallnacht would precede and create the venue for Ambrose Lincoln’s next assignment. He wouldn’t remember it for very long.
Pirtle takes readers back in time to the climax of events that created World War II. From the rubble in Jewish ghetto streets to the hallowed halls of power in Washington. We experience the power of politics, hate, war, redemption and love via an unforgettable cast of characters. In addition to the assassin pawn, Lincoln, we meet his handlers, his masters and several Germans who share the misfortune of his company. We know that not everyone we meet will live to the last page.