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Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews
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Jul 29, 12

bookshelves: first-reads, historical-fiction, thriller, wwii, spy-novel
Read from July 19 to 28, 2012

This is a very interesting work of historical fiction featuring a young Jack Kennedy as the main character. Kennedy is recruited by FDR as a covert agent for the United States in Europe. The action takes place in 1939 with Europe on the brink of war. Jack is portrayed as a brave, young, intelligent man who forms his own opinions about the people and world around him, but who is in such poor health that he is frequently hospitalized with a mystery illness that has been with him since childhood. The intrigue and suspense are first rate. I really enjoyed the author giving personality to so many of the movers and shakers of this period. This book would hold your attention even if Jack Kennedy wasn’t the central character, but the story is made even better by his inclusion.
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