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Monday, September 24, 2012


As most of you know, I love history.  Especially American history.  I love reading a book and learning new things.  This is an amazing book and I recommend it to anyone who likes history, the 1920's and a good story.

About the book:

It’s the Roaring Twenties but silence remains golden for Hollywood. Sound is scorned by movie moguls. It’s too expensive. Only two studios have sound equipment. Only one picture has contained limited spoken dialogue.

Matt Hudson, a rumrunner and the preferred bootlegger of the movie industry, wants to produce a talking picture. Hud’s gut tells him a talkie would rake in the dough at the box office but neither sound studio will lease him their facilities.

Hud’s oldest friend, con man Danny Kincaid, uses the talkie gold mine angle to con a transplanted Chicago gangster into buying a bogus sound device. But when the gangster gets wise, Danny ends up dead.

Now Hud has a score to settle and nothing can stop him from finding Danny’s killer. After Hud unravels a web of deception, blackmail, and murder that leads to a studio controlled by the gangster, he sets up another con to play the gangster again. A con that will either avenge Danny or get Hud killed.

My thoughts:

The Roaring 20's are alive and well!  
As a fan of American History, I was eager to read a book focused on the 1920's.  Prohibition, gangsters, bootleggers- it's all here, along with Hollywood and movies!

This book delivers exactly what it promises!  Matt Hudson (Hud) is a bootlegger looking toward the future.  His personal fascination is talking movies!  This book goes into detail about the history of early filmmaking.  This was all new to me- I love learning new things when I read a book!
This gave the book a more creative feel.  It wasn't just about the bootlegging gangster, shoot 'em up time in history- although that is a strong presence in the storyline.  

Hud is a not so innocent character.  He is a wonderful creation.  He skirts on the edge of the law and lives by his own code of ethics.  He is willing to cross the line when he feels it necessary.  In this book he is trying to solve the murder of his friend.

This book is a gem.  If you enjoy the 1920's or American History, you will enjoy the world created by Jeffrey Stone.  

On a personal note, I must apologize to Mr. Stone.  He sent me this book back in May to read and review.  While I read and reviewed it, I failed to place my review on Amazon, Goodreads and other sites.    I loved this book and strongly encourage others to read it.
At $2.99 it's a steal from Amazon (for your Kindle) or Barnes & Noble (Nook)  It is also available at Smashwords for $2.99
It can be purchased at the following sites


  1. Yay, a 20s book! That's one of my favorite eras, although sad to say I don't get to read about it much. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The 1920's with the flappers and the speakeasies must have been a fascinating time period in our history. Sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for sharing : ) ~ Jess