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The Great American Century begins, the modern world roars to life, Capitalists flaunt greed and seize power, Socialists and labor unions flex their violent will, and an extraordinary true story of love and sacrifice unfolds.

In his critically acclaimed debut novel, Fortunate Son, David Marlett introduced readers to a fresh take on historical fiction--the historical legal th
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Paperback, 535 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Storyplant
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Carla
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
American Red is an incredibly powerful, touching novel that you will not be able to put down.
The novel centres around a dark time in our history, where money and power were placed above the lives of men, women and children. Where good people suffered, died and lived in poverty while you had others living in extreme wealth and privilege. Where there were no rights to protect workers, no breaks, no minimum or equal pay and no minimum age to work. Where the focus was on profit, even if it meant sa
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Meredith Rankin
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, netgalley
Fascinating story, based on actual historical events.

What works for me:

1. The history
This is a well-researched, heavily-detailed novel. Marlett knows his subject matter. He has a gift for making history come alive. The opening plunges us into the conflict between two parties. One, the ruthless mine owners, who use capitalism and patriotism to justify their merciless treatment of their employees. Two, the equally ruthless union miners, who use the owners’ wrongdoings to justify their own merci
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solitaryfossil
This book started off with a bang and just never-let-up! Really excellent historical fiction, with spies/double agents, espionage, many-layered trickery from all sides, and action galore. An exciting and suspenseful thriller out of America’s turbulent early 20th century. Fascinating characters and a complex plot left me completely satisfied. Loved it!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, The Story Plant, for an ARC in exchange for a review (and all of my reviews are honest. Why lie?)
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Bev
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for David Marlett's American Red since I first learned about its undertaking in 2014. Living in Idaho I knew a bit about the biggest legal challenge ever prosecuted in this State. But, I learned so much more about the whole ordeal through the well-researched and well-written book. Not only do we get a glimpse of the characters, but the complexity of the legal system, the corruption of big business, and the role of the Pinkertons in this historical event. This book met my expe ...more
Nancy
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt a little discouraged when I first saw this book. It’s huge. How was I ever going to get this all read?

It took a minute or two to get into it, but soon this book held me prisoner. I didn’t care if anyone needed to eat or wear clean clothes or whatever. I just wanted to keep reading.

I always learn so much from historical novels. This one really brought the Pinkertons to life for me. I got lost in the story and forgot it was based on real life experiences.

That changed when I reached the end
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Joan
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is historical fiction on an epic scale. Marlett has created a very readable account of a turbulent time in American history. I had heard of the Pinkerton detectives but had no idea how political the agency was until reading this story. I also learned a great deal about the beginnings of the mine workers' union, its leadership, and the violence involved. Marlett has done his research and provides many details about the time, such as with automobiles and cigarettes.

Readers who enjoy lea
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Elisabeth Redding
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not ordinarily a fan of historical fiction, but this book was definitely an exception to the rule. ‘American Red’ offers a fascinating depiction of the multi-layered lives (and moral gray areas) of the real people behind both the capitalist and the American socialist movements at the beginning of the 20th century - and David Marlett’s writing keeps you actively wanting to know what happened next. At times it was a little hard to keep up with the number of different characters introduced, but ...more
Cassandra
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it

I received a complimentary copy.

While I would not consider it to be family friendly or up to date with some of the verbiage, this book does put to light some of the older times. I feel like most of what the author writes is still happening in today's world. It is really for more older ages and can lead to some very bold discussions.
Mitchell
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling story told by an amazing storyteller! I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the early 20th century world David created. This novel is a well crafted web of characters' plots and collaborations and full of intricate character developments. Would love to see this developed into a mini-series! Highly recommend to anyone looking for an intense historic adventure.
Martine
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
American Red is a great read! I loved that this book had so much historical background while bringing to life the political environment of the time; and still weaving a great story of espionage and love triangles, with a legal twist! Wow! American Red would make a great movie or mini-series!
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David Marlett is an award-winning storyteller and writer of historical fiction, primarily historical legal thrillers bringing alive the fascinating people and events leading to major historical trials. His first such novel, FORTUNATE SON, became a critically acclaimed, national bestseller in 2014. The late Vincent Bugliosi (#1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter) said David is “a ...more
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