A Hostage to Heritage: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Redcoat investigator Lt. Michael Stoddard expects to round up two miscreants before Lord Cornwallis's army arrives for supplies. But his quarries' trail crosses with that of a criminal who has abducted an English heir. Michael's efforts to track down the boy plunge him into a twilight of terror from radical insurrectionists, whiskey smugglers, and snarled secrets out of his own past in Yorkshire. More

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About Suzanne Adair

Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with her family.

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Review by: Larry B. Gray on July 22, 2013 :
I really liked reading A Hostage to Heritage by Suzanne Adair. As a historical novel set in the Revolutionary War in southeastern North Carolina it remained true to historical facts while making them come alive.

The author did an excellent job of developing an exciting storyline, it was action packed and full of adventure. The author’s writing style made the story easy to follow all the twist and turns which took place and keeping the excitement building. Having grown up in eastern North Carolina I found the story very realistic and exciting.

Suzanne Adair did a great job of character development. Each of the main characters was very real to life and easy to follow. I really like this and found it easy to identify with them.

I really enjoyed A Hostage to Heritage by Suzanne Adair and I highly recommend it to all readers.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Norma Huss on June 20, 2013 :
Suzanne Adair has presented to the reading public another excellent historic mystery adventure. This book is Michael Stoddard's story. He's a British officer in America at the time of our Revolution. The earlier books in this series tell the stories of Americans during that time, and a few of the characters appear in all of the books. They, and this one as well, show the conflicting loyalties of people in our past, including the English Michael. Besides that, there's the main story of a missing young boy and how Michael and his second in command worked toward finding the boy while also following their commanding officer's orders. I won't say more, don't want to ruin the story for anyone. Highly recommended to lovers of history, and mystery.(
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: aobibliophile on April 24, 2013 :
"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost..." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Major James Henry Craig, commander of the Eighty-Second Regiment, is off on a mission and leaves the care of Wilmington, North Carolina to his lead criminal investigator Lieutenant Michael Stoddard. together with his assistant Nick Spry, Michael needs to put a stop to two miscreants terrorizing the town and find a missing English heir before Major Craig returns and especially before Lord Cornwallis and his army of redcoats arrive.
based on historical facts, Suzanne Adair's second novel in her Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thrillers Series only gets better. it is fast-paced, well researched and an engrossing read.
as always, the writing is excellent, the characters are well-developed and the author's attention to detail is remarkable. she was able to capture the colors, sounds and smells of Spring and the life of the denizens in the frontier town of Wilmington. all of these burst into life, escape from the pages and grab the reader's attention from the first page to the last.
one of the things that made this novel extraordinary for me was how the author delved deeper into the heart and soul of her protagonist Michael Stoddard. surprises and more are revealed about him as the story progressed. as layer after layer is peeled away, we are offered a glimpse of the man under the uniform. the more we get to know him, the more he becomes real and endearing.
another thing i liked was how the author made a bold risk in the story with regard to descriptions of intimacy between some characters. it was a daring move that was not present or detailed in two of her books i read previously. however, it did not come out vulgar or offensive in any way.
readers who are familiar with her other novels will also welcome the appearances and or mention of a few characters like Adam Neville, Mathias Hale, David St. James and Claude Devereaux. moreover, this novel would not be complete without the presence and menace of Lieutenant Dunstan Fairfax, Michael's arch nemesis.
the more i get to read Ms. Adair's novels, the more i become convinced that she truly deserves to be called "the Mistress of American Revolution historical fiction!"
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Linda Kay Price on April 19, 2013 :
A kidnapping forces his past into his present. Will it also impact his future?

Lt. Michael Stoddard of Yorkshire now serves His Majesty in the Army and is stationed in the Carolinas while Tarleton and Cornwallis try to curtail the rebels and maintain the Colonies for George III. Stoddard is a man of integrity who finds that all things in war are not black and white and wearing a red coat does not ensure its owner is morally upright. He also discovers that some rebels have a higher moral compass than the King's men.

We first meet Stoddard in PAPER WOMAN, another excellent tale by Suzanne Adair. He has since become the star of his own series--REGULATED FOR MURDER and A HOSTAGE TO HERITAGE. While each of Suzanne's books can be read as stand-alones, they also build on one another in a seamless fashion and reading them in order increases the enjoyment of an overall underlying story arc.

REGULATED FOR MURDER gives us a ten-year old cold case tied to a present-day murder. A HOSTAGE TO HERITAGE gives us a kidnapping--but not just a normal kidnapping. HOSTAGE also gives us a series of jolts regarding Lt. Michael Stoddard. Those jolts give him hard choices regarding his own soul. I try not to post anything that can be considered a spoiler, so I'll just say that HOSTAGE kept me up late two nights in a row because I just couldn't stop reading ;-)

If you have read the St. James' series by Suzanne, you will enjoy how characters make cameos throughout the Stoddard books. Her female characters are believable and appropriate for the times--they are not 21st century women wearing homespun. And although the setting is the Revolutionary War, blood and gore and battle scenes are not the means for ratcheting the tension in either story. And believe me, the tension is there. Even the descriptive passages don't take away from the plot movement. Some folks may think the cast of characters is somewhat large and hard to follow but each character definitely plays an important role in either Stoddard's past, present or future.

So we have murder, war, espionage, kidnapping, tax evasion, and bootlegging all competing with military and civilian politics. The wondrous part of it all is that even though all those things are present in America today, both REGULATED and HOSTAGE are true to the 1780s in manner of speech, mode of dress, and behavior of the characters. Even the male/female tensions are believable (no bodice-ripper extraneous romance here).

The history is fascinating but woven in so carefully that I didn't realize I was learning about the southern theater of the American Revolution. You smell the cabbages and manure, you hear the thud of a trussed up body slam against a wooden wall, and you race along with your heart in your throat as men who should be comrades decide whether or not to kill each other.

Lastly, the amateur historian in me absolutely loves the bibliography/list of sources we get with each of the books. I can turn from fiction right to my library or online book sources to read more about Yorkshire, Hillsborough, Wilmington, Tarleton, Cornwallis, et al.

Whether male or female, if you enjoy multi-layer plots set in well-researched history, you can't go wrong reading anything by Suzanne Adair.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Warren Bull on April 19, 2013 :
Lt. Michael Stoddard of his majesty’s eighty-second regiment first appears in the book riding his horse, Cleopatra, in pursuit of two rebels. He fails to catch them resulting in one of the many frustrating tasks Stoddard is ordered to complete. A ten-year-old boy from a noble family is abducted. Stoddard knows that if he cannot recover the child, safe and sound, he has no friends among the gentry and no financial resources to cushion the blow that failure will inevitably cause. His investigations are complicated by the fact that in North Carolina the war for American independence is not going well for the British. Individual alliances are unclear. The war is used as an excuse by both loyalists and rebels to settle old scores.
Stoddard has to suss out who is lying and who is telling at least part of the truth. Enemies from his past appear and disappear. Motives become entangled with emotions, personal, family and even national histories. Even those closest to Stoddard have secrets that have to be unraveled before he can save the child and thereby save himself.
This is another excellent book set against the background of the southernconflicts of the American Revolution by Suzanne Adair.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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