Published: 15/09/2017
eISBN: 9781788031172
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A Right to Bear Arms
by Richard Savin

You can’t ignore the shadows of war, Tom Jordan told anyone who would listen, though few wanted to hear it; and why should they?

Sitting in Tarwids Russian Bar on Lexington Avenue that evening the world seemed perfect. They drank a toast to the bear propped up in the corner, a champagne glass held precariously in one paw, and smiled at each other as only lovers can. Later, in the warmth of the late summer twilight, they walked hand in hand through Central Park and made their vows that this would be forever – but deep down she knew it was an illusion. Tom was right – the war would come and that would ruin everything.

In Washington Roosevelt had long believed they would have to join the British in the European war. For two years, since 1938, he had made strenuous efforts to persuade Congress that America must re-arm, but after a decade of isolationism there was no mood in the country for conflict. Europe and its troubles were an ocean away; still America slumbered on. Half of all its citizens didn’t believe in a war – and of those who did few felt deeply enough to care about it.

When Britain signed a peace treaty with Germany the Chiefs of Staff were concerned but cautiously optimistic. Then things changed. Hitler’s gaze turned westward – America would have to up its game.

In the fall of 1940 there was little time left.

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“To use the word "Epic" to describe this book would be to do the author a disservice...it is so very much more. In my opinion this book should be optioned immediately if it hasn't been already as I would love to relive this story on the screen.

A varied array of characters carry you through an impressively well thought out "what-if" scenario surrounding WWII, including all the main players, and with an incredibly authentic tone at that. I could picture the main players in my head and really believed what was happening on the page could have been what happened if just a few key events had happened differently.

Even more impressive is the way these seemingly unrelated characters intertwine in a really organic way. I laughed and cried and held my breath. Story telling at it's very very best, I can't recommend this book highly enough...set aside an entire weekend.
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To use the word "Epic" to describe this book would be to do the author a disservice...it is so very much more. In my opinion this book should be optioned immediately if it hasn't been already as I would love to relive this story on the screen.

A varied array of characters carry you through an impressively well thought out "what-if" scenario surrounding WWII, including all the main players, and with an incredibly authentic tone at that. I could picture the main players in my head and really believed what was happening on the page could have been what happened if just a few key events had happened differently.

Even more impressive is the way these seemingly unrelated characters intertwine in a really organic way. I laughed and cried and held my breath. Story telling at it's very very best, I can't recommend this book highly enough...set aside an entire weekend.

by Ruth Turner


I haven't had so much fun reading in a very long time! At first I read along quietly and suddenly I said to myself, "Wait a minute! That isn't the way it happened!" But by then I had to put aside all I learned in World History because I was too caught up in this story...I already liked the characters, I was deeply concerned by the direction they were going and unlike many other things I have read, I had NO IDEA what was going to happen! The ease with which this story might have been true scared the bejeezus out of me and I think it should be read by many...particularly by Americans, because the great oceans of the world do not guarantee our security. We cannot isolate ourselves. We must embrace the fact that we Americans, like everyone else, now more than ever, are citizens of the world - a world we cannot, must not, ignore. I chose to give this book five stars partly because it is a great read, and partly because the message, under all the "what if" fun, is a very important one. If Mr. Savin's story helps get the message out there it perhaps needs six stars!

by Linda


There were very interesting events as it follows the path of a young man from upstate New York. The book follows him through a number of years. I enjoyed the descriptive aspects of upstate New York as I spent many summers there. Mr. Savin’s of Dobbs Ferry, Croton on the Hudson, Peekskill and other small towns are wonderful. The characters from this portion of the story were well done and relatable.

Mr. Savin’s character development is artful. He has a gifted imagination.

by Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini


I love modern history, am a fan of political thrillers and just love a good ‘Boys-own’ yarn, so it’s no surprise that I’m choosing ‘A Right to Bear Arms’ as my Best Book of 2017. It’s really two stories smoothly integrated into one. The first one is a counter-factual history of the Second World War; the second the tale of a ‘band of brothers’ caught up in the events that follow.
Counter-factual history takes a key event in the past, turns it on its head and explores the consequences. In this case, instead of the bitter solo resistance of the UK against Hitler, the author postulates that the British government signs a Vichy-like treaty after Dunkirk and the fall of France. It’s very hard to bring this off, especially in a novel. Readers are ready to suspend belief for imaginary events, but here we are asked to believe in something that we well know never happened. Richard Savin deserves an accolade for giving us such a convincing account of what is blatantly false. He offers us detailed biographical information and character analyses of the major historical players, and takes us through their discussions and planning in a logical manner. We accept that it was only a stroke of luck that prevented such a treaty being agreed, and that the consequences of that treaty would have been exactly as he describes them. I found this aspect of the book fascinating and faultless.

I have only one small criticism of the other aspect of the book: the story of the fictitious ordinary people affected by the resulting intrigue and conflict. The author resorts to the same detail and diligence in passing on their back stories and I personally found it slowed up the action at the start of the story. However, once the characters were established, the pace racked up and it was a page turning read right to the end. A good one!

by James Gault (Goodreads review)


 

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