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Burn Marks: A strange time for letters

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Here are five fast-moving short stories that offer a delightfully humorous and insightful view of famous events in American history.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 18th 2019 by Independently Published
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Mary Yarde
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The letters in this book were never meant to be read…

Burn Marks by Robert D. Rice II is a collection of five short-read historical fiction stories. All the stories are based on factual events — from Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroads to a gruesome murder of a fourteen-year-old boy and the assassination of President Kennedy.

I was familiar with the history behind several of the stories, and I have to commend Rice for giving these well-documented cases fresh eyes. The narrative is incredibly
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Burn Marks – A Strange Time for Letters
Robert D. Rice II

In Robert Rice’s story collection, Burn Marks, five pieces of history are re-examined with fictionalized touches conjured up in the author’s fertile imagination.

In “Dejá Blue,” a girl with more than her fair share of arrogance encounters two college boys, Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb, who have their own snobbish proclivities. Dejá’s attraction to Richard may lead, in Rice’s cleverly constructed police procedural, to participation in the
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A never before perceived dimension to the most famous events in history. This book presents five short stories that show a different side to the stories of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest after the Kennedy assassination and the reaction his mother Marguerite had. This shows the other people whose lives were affected by these historical events but on whom the light never shone. Not in a controversial kind of way though. These stories make for great exchanges and interesting conversations.

While these
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Gina R Mitchell
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Burn Marks: A Strange Time for Letters is a highly entertaining collection of short stories portraying actual historical moments while adding a fictional storyline.

Author Robert Rice II gives us five stories centering around Abraham Lincoln, Lee Harvey Oswald, D.B Cooper, the Rosenbergs, and Leopold and Loeb. While these are well-known figures from the past, Rice presents us with a sub-story of fictional characters surrounding the famous events. The recurring theme of a written letter connects
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