WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD ~ Review BLOOD UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Steven Ure
FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
Wrye and Tattle leap into BLOOD UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Steven Ure, a dramatic World War II novel.
Wrye’s voice changes to that of a 1940 radio announcer, “At the start of World War II, twenty-one year old Julie Stewart’s younger twin brothers, Adam and Adrian, enlisted in the army at only fifteen years of age. Though both Julie and her father tried to deter them, the two were incorrigible. Julie woefully suspected it was more the trend then an actual dedication toward serving the King and country. Soon enough Norway had been invaded by the Germans, and the boys went missing in action.”
Tattle follows his cue and adopts a sultry yesteryear starlet tone, “An acquaintance of her father with military contacts believes the boys are still alive, and her father plans to attempt a rescue by flying into Norway. He had told his sons, if ever compromised to go to the nearest city and blend with the inhabitants. Julie is determined to stow away on the plane. Only, her father anticipated exactly what she would do, and had already packed a parachute for her.”
“From there the story takes off at a rapid, heart pounding pace with a heaping helping of drama and suspense and a sprinkling of romance.” Wrye pumps his chest with a fist for emphasis. “As always Steven Ure’s clear, concise writing style shines through, no clutter, no extra baggage, no nonsense. It holds you and makes you yearn for more. Every time you think you have a handle on the plot, the plot thickens…” Bushy brows do a wiggle. “And you are tugged in a surprising direction. Although this is quite different from his other works, it has the same depth and dimension I’ve come to expect from this author.”
Settling down on settee in an obvious pondering pose, Tattle adds, “There is something very soulful with an undercurrent of darkness in the prose of this story, an innate quality that pulls you so fully into the plotline, you are the characters, you are the evil, you are the peril, you are the courage, you are the history, you are the fabric of the reality that Ure created.”
“I especially adore the heroine, Julie,” Wrye interjects. “She is indeed a character of quality and grit but with enough heart and humanity to make her genuine. Even the secondary characters that drift in and out of the storyline have dimensional appeal.”
Tattle further declares, “The historical details add an interesting backdrop especially since it investigates portions of the war that aren’t normally emphasized. Also, the ending has a startling climatic twist that makes the entire read all the more satisfying. Once again Steven Ure has provided a tale that stays with you long after you finish the book.”
Until next time, keep reading!
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdashof Blather City, Wannachat
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