The Empire of Shadows (Tom Braddock Series)

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Determined to catch Tupper no matter the cost, Braddock launches an epic chase through more than a hundred miles of Adirondack lakes, rivers and forest, his guide the legendary Mitchell Sabattis. But not all in the Adirondacks is as it appears. Powerful forces have been set in motion, and as developers make manifest their need to rein in the wilderness, Tom too wonders what the vast forests might hold.

Will he find the clues he needs to exonerate his son and put a killer behind bars?

Or will the great forest smother its secrets in shadow until its price has been paid in blood? You can download Apple Books from the App Store. Overview Music Video Charts. Opening the iTunes Store. If Apple Books doesn't open, click the Books app in your Dock. Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now. Mr Crabbe steeps the reader in the atmosphere of 's America as a police detective, Tom Braddock, tries to foil the plot, following the death of one of the bridge building crew who knew too much. Along the way we are introduced to a wealth of colourful characters, including a small group of Confederate Army veterans hell bent on blowing up the bridge, and the handful of New York police officers trying to stop them.

Most of the latter are mixed in with corrupt policeman, gathering kickbacks from various parts of the city, with even the "hero" is guilty of this crime. Braddock and his partners work amidst the seamier side of late 19th Century New York.

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We also meet the Roebling family - Washington Roebling, the civil engineer whose father, John designed the bridge and his amazing wife Emily Warren Roebling who made a significant contribution to the completion of the bridge after her husband fell ill. Emily's name, along with those of her husband and father-in-law is inscribed on a plaque on the Brooklyn Bridge. Nov 19, Laura Mitchell rated it it was amazing. Set at the end of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, the main focus is a group of ex-confederate soldiers planning to destroy the bridge.

There is historical detail in the writing without seeming like a history book. The characters are well drawn and memorable, and their conflicting emotions regarding what they are doing are expressed well. There are some sub-plots which serve to define the characters and their behavior, particularly those dealing with police corruption at the time. I found these particularly compelling, especially towards the beginning of the book when the main plot was still being developed.

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Recommended for those that like hard-boiled detective stories, those that like historical fiction at the time of late 's, and those that like engineering and bridges. Sep 09, Pa rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is quite an interesting story set in the post Civil War era in New York during construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The basic tale is a plot by a group of disgruntled former Confederate soldiers to destroy the bridge and the efforts of a policeman who is also battling corruption both within himself and within the police force to ferret out and thwart the plot. The characters are quite well developed and complex with the good not entirely good and the bad not entirely evil and there is a This is quite an interesting story set in the post Civil War era in New York during construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. The characters are quite well developed and complex with the good not entirely good and the bad not entirely evil and there is a nice depiction of both life in New York during this period and in the construction of the bridge.

Though I knew quite a lot about the bridge the problem of caisson disease, etc. Though some aspects of the plot are a bit fanciful, this is a good read. It comes close to a 4. Jan 26, Sarah rated it it was ok. The book is set around the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and it was an interesting insight into a time period and event that I was not very familiar with. However, I found the plot and writing in general to plod along. The author kept forshadowing events such that you either knew exactly what was going to happen, or were left wondering if the suggestion would ever come to make any sense.

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He also put the intentions of characters into doubt such often and in contradicting ways that even at the The book is set around the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and it was an interesting insight into a time period and event that I was not very familiar with. He also put the intentions of characters into doubt such often and in contradicting ways that even at the end I'm not sure of the real nature of some of the characters, which undermined my ability to relate to the characters or see their development through the events of the story.

Not a top pick for me, unless you are interested in late s New York. Feb 08, Jessica Ruble rated it really liked it. I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. Suspension is centered around the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and follows the life of police detective Tom Braddock.

Braddock finds a bridge worker murdered in an alley, and as he begins to investigate the murder, it unfolds into a deeper conspiracy.

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Soon, he realizes that thousands of people's lives are in danger as a group of angry ex-confederate soldiers plot to destroy the bridge. This novel was very interesting t I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. This novel was very interesting to read; both plot and characters were fully developed. Suspension is both realistic and thrilling, and will keep readers desperate to find out what happens next.


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Oct 20, Priscilla rated it liked it. It was a fun enough read. The murderer, Jim Tupper, a Mohawk of the Iroquois nation, flees back to the vast Adiron-dack wilderness. But he has left a trail of death behind, pointing north, straight to where Tom Braddock and his family are vacationing. Worlds collide when Tom's son is caught up in the murder of a young maid at the hotel.

To clear him, Tom must capture the killer, whom he believes to be Tupper, launching an epic chase across more than a hundred miles of lakes, rivers, and forest. But all is not as it appears. Powerful forces have been set in motion, fueled by greed and an undying need to regain a piece of this wilderness empire. It is August The murderer, Jim Tupper, a Mohawk of the Iroquois nation, flees back to the vast Adirondack wilderness. New York City, August Jim Tupper, a Mohawk of the Iroquois nation, stands over the body. Within minutes he's seen. And as police whistles scream in the night, he runs, knowing there is but one place to hide.

With the police hounding him, Tupper makes his way back to the place he knows best-the vast, unsettled Adirondack wilderness.

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