Relentless Pursuit Reviewed By Dr. Wesley Britton of Bookpleasures.com
Reviewer Dr. Wesley Britton: Dr. Britton is the author of four non-fiction books on espionage in literature and the media. Starting in fall 2015, his new six-book science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, debuted via BearManor Media. For seven years, he was co-host of online radio’s Dave White Presents where he contributed interviews with a host of entertainment insiders. Before his retirement in 2016, Dr. Britton taught English at Harrisburg Area Community College. Learn more about Dr. Britton at hisÂ WEBSITE
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Author: Peter Borchard
Publisher: iUniverse Publishing
ISBN-10: 1462034454: ISBN-13: 978-1462034451
The book is gripping and engrossing on several levels. For one matter, the settings are vividly sketched with constantly changing battlegrounds from steam ships to rail trains to desert forts to wagon trains to a diamond mine to barges and warships as man fights man and man fights nature. Borchard is adept at capturing the terrain of a continent he knows first-hand and is believable in bringing the time period alive in an era of telegrams, wagon trains, and German military officers with monocles and waxed mustaches who can dance to waltzes.
The story is fast-paced with Dewitz quickly moving from one setting to another with a growing circle of comrades who have sub-plots of their own. For example, representing the Portuguese government, Captain Louis de Sousa is an amiable and reliable comrade in arms as are the native servants, Philippe and Paulo. At any given time, Werner and his aides are exploring one angle of the investigation while Louis and his friends are pursuing another. They need this multiple assault as the operation they are uncovering has one layer after another they must crack open to lead to the ultimate kingpin. Then there are the two women competing for Werner’s affections, Maria, the mistress of gun runner Dos Santos, and Dorothea Eggers, the nurse who attends Werner’s wounds more than once in a desert mission.
Relentless Pursuit is rich high adventure of the old-fashioned variety with well-sketched characters, continually shifting rough and wild settings, and trails winding through political corruption, conflicting loyalties, and impassioned duels with both European and native weapons of war. It reads like a classic that could have been written during the time in which it is set and is well worth wider appreciation. One suspects the name Peter Borchard is going to become one associated with action-adventure of a high quality indeed.