The Admiral's Daughter
Date Published: August 11, 2008
Number of Pages: 324
Print Price: $11.01
eBook Price: $2.99
“You can’t judge a book by its cover,” is certainly true with this novel by Tom Milton. If I were in a book store trying to figure out which book to buy, this certainly would not have caught my attention because it is very plain. As an author myself, presentation is everything. For a book of this caliber, I believe it deserves a better, more professional looking cover.
Once I started reading, however, I was quickly caught up in the story, which takes place in 1962 at the height of the civil rights movement. The protagonists, Kristy (the admiral’s daughter) and Nathan, a writer, meet each other in the first pages of the novel when Kristy is being accosted by ruffians. Predictably, Nathan comes to her rescue as a sort of knight in shining armor and they immediately begin a romance.
Kristy is a Southern born, young, pretty, blonde, Catholic civil rights activist, driven in part to make reparation for the sins of her father, a racist admiral. The first part of the book centers on their quickly blossoming romance in New York City (with some sexual tension but no graphic descriptions). Later, they travel to the South, and Kristy’s father (the admiral) meets Nathan. The older man immediately takes a liking to his daughter’s boyfriend. While talking one day, the admiral begins telling Nathan about his experiences during WW II, so Nathan suggests that the stories be written down for history. The admiral comes up with an idea to record his experiences and asks Nathan to write the stories for him. Nathan’s writing is used as flashbacks during the novel.
Kristy also suspects that her father is behind some recent racial violence in Mississippi. Racism is realistically portrayed and the consequences of racist attitudes are illustrated well.
Overall, I liked this book very much. The writing was better than average and the characters, for the most part, well-defined and interesting. There was an overabundance of dialogue, but I didn’t personally mind (although there is some swearing and bad language). Milton especially captured well the essence of the era of the 1960's civil rights movement. The ending was a surprise and unexpected.
Plain cover aside, I would recommend this novel to those wanting to read a good story with interesting plot lines and believable, well-defined characters.
Original Language: English
Book Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
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