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BADAJOZ: Sometimes you find the truth. Sometimes the truth finds you. by [DE VAL, MIKE ]

Badajoz is an area near the Spain-Portuguese border. Gordon Stone had never guessed that he could ever have a connection with that part of the world. You would think that by 60 you know everything there is to know about your lineage. However, Gordo discovers something new about his family at 60 years of age. The death of Mrs. Harrington throws his entire world in disarray. His retirement was supposed to be relaxing but that changed one morning. How will he handle this new information?

Badajoz is a story about one man who thinks he has everything in check. This is an interesting account of one man’s journey to discovering a side of himself he has not known about for 60 years. It is a thrilling tale of history, politics in the 1930’s and family.

Mike de Val has sculpted a story provide a different view of history. Badajoz is a masterfully written book with simple language and vivid descriptions. From the wet lycra to the whistling wind and even the image of Extremadura. In the beginning, when he gets back from cycling, you can feel the passive-aggressive tension in the room as Gordon and Emily bicker as only an old married couple can. The author ensures that the reader has everything they need to build mental images of the scene being set with vivid descriptions that feel effortless.

The characters in Badajoz come alive once you start reading. Gordon says that he is a semi-retired teacher because teachers never really stop teaching. This is so typical of teachers and also very typical of Gordon as we have come to know him. All the characters are properly introduced and remain distinctly true to their personalities throughout the novel.

It is amazing how history has been woven into this fictional story. You learn things but you also enjoy the events of Gordon’s life. This book will grab your attention from the moment you join Gordon as he watches the sleepy librarian to the moment he becomes ticked off with Manuel. You will remain rooted and supportive as he grieves his wife.

This book is complex, interesting and surprising. You will invest in this story emotionally and love the adventure. You might love Mrs. Harrington more for opening this can of worms.

Pages: 281 | ASIN: B082QWFPRN

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