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The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt is a historical thriller from award-winning political journalist Burt Solomon, featuring Teddy Roosevelt's near death...accident or assassination attempt?

Theodore Roosevelt had been president for less than a year when on a tour in New England his horse-drawn carriage was broadsided by an electric trolley. TR was thrown clear but his
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ebook, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Forge Books
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Rick Mitchell
The author clearly studied up on Washington and America in 1902. He showed it off constantly whether it added to the plot or not. Too often, it did not.

The plot was very weak and John Hay was portrayed as a very unlikable guy. Not a man you'd want to root for. The book dragged with way too much superfluous filler.
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
“Dee-lighted,” Theodore Roosevelt says when he greets his Secretary of State, John Hay, in an early chapter of THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT. That could be an excellent one-word review of Burt Solomon’s novel. It is a thoroughly delightful read for several reasons.

For myself, I was excited to read a work of fiction featuring John Hay. Hay began public life with one of the most fascinating jobs in the world: serving as one of President Lincoln’s two secretaries. (Solomon’s previous
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Bookreporter.com Historical Fiction
“Dee-lighted,” Theodore Roosevelt says when he greets his Secretary of State, John Hay, in an early chapter of THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT. That could be an excellent one-word review of Burt Solomon’s novel. It is a thoroughly delightful read for several reasons.

For myself, I was excited to read a work of fiction featuring John Hay. Hay began public life with one of the most fascinating jobs in the world: serving as one of President Lincoln’s two secretaries. (Solomon’s previous
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David Dunlap
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fact: In September 1902, less than a year after he assumed the Presidency upon the murder of William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt was involved in a collision between the horse-drawn carriage in which he was riding and an electric streetcar, resulting in the death of a Secret Service agent assigned to him. -- From this tantalizing historical footnote, Burt Solomon has spun a (mostly) satisfying mystery, for TR is convinced this was no accident, but an attempt on his life. Ironically, ...more
Nev March
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just released in Dec. 2019, this historical fiction novel is based on a real event. It was an enjoyable and humorous read, putting Secretary of State John Hay in the role of detective. Solomon introduces a host of interesting characters, descriptions of people and places are pithy and inventive, his language is authentic and charming, and the plot is fast paced. At first, I found the idea of Secretary of State John Hay in the role of detective might strain credulity, since he’s 63 years old at ...more
Susan
John Hay was a friend of Abraham Lincoln's and the only secretary of state to publish a book of poetry. This book (and the first in the series) posit that he was also a detective, investigating crimes at the behest of the presidents he served. The (real life) near disaster when an electric trolley rammed into Roosevelt's carriage is recreated here as a possible assassination attempt, with Hay--who, because of his office, was next in line for the presidency--investigating at TR's command. Helping ...more
Curtis Edmonds
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Dee-lighted,” Theodore Roosevelt says when he greets his Secretary of State, John Hay, in an early chapter of THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT. That could be an excellent one-word review of Burt Solomon’s novel. It is a thoroughly delightful read for several reasons.

Read the full review at Bookreporter.com: https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/...
Leslie
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
Audiobook. Too many characters, too many adverbs and adjectives in every single sentence. I couldn’t get interested in this book due to the abundance of descriptive words that took away from the plot/story. Stopped listening after 1-1/2 hours.
Connie
did not finish - lost interest
Alyssa
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start but once it picks up (and Nellie Bly shows up!) it was difficult to put it down! Loved the idea of John Hay, Secretary of State at the time, doing detective work and solving the case!
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