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  • ebook
  • 336 pages
  • Saffire
  • Sigmund Brouwer
  • 14 January 2018
  • 0307729524

SaffireI Reminded Myself That Once You Start To Defend Someone, It S Difficult To Find A Place To Stop But I Went Ahead And Took That First Step AnywayFor President Teddy Roosevelt, Controlling The East West Passage Between Two Oceans Mattered So Much That He Orchestrated A Revolution To Control It His Command Was To Let The Dirt Fly, And For Years, The American Zone Of The Panama Canal Mesmerized The World, Working In Uneasy Co Existence With The Panamanian AristocratsIt S In This Buffered Zone Where, In , James Holt Takes That First Step To Protect A Defenseless Girl Named Saffire, Expecting A Short And Simple Search For Her Mother Instead It Draws Him Away From Safety, Into A Land Haunted By A History Of Pirates, Gold Runners, And Plantation Owners, All Leaving Behind Ghosts Of Their Interwoven Desires, Sins, And Ambitions, Ghosts That Create The Web Of Deceit And Intrigue Of A New Generation Of Revolutionary Politics It Will Also Bring Him Together With A Woman Who Will Change His Course Or Bring An End To ItA Love Story Set Within A Historical Mystery, Saffire Brings To Vibrant Life The Most Impressive And Embattled Engineering Achievement Of The Twentieth Century


About the Author: Sigmund Brouwer

Sigmund loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his RockRoll Literacy Show.


10 thoughts on “Saffire

  1. says:

    officially marks as favorite historical fiction of 2016 Yes, this book was that good SETTING Everyone I conversed with about this book said the same thing the setting is so unique Initially, I had my doubts But soon after, I could sense the feelings and heartbeat of the book, which doesn t often occur The geographical locations that had once been dull and uninteresting, that I had never before given merit to, came to life in a phenomenal way I doubt any other author could have captured as officially marks as favorite historical fiction of 2016 Yes, this book was that good SETTING Everyone I conversed with about this book said the same thing the setting is so unique Initially, I had my doubts But soon after, I could sense the feelings and heartbeat of the book, which doesn t often occur The geographical locations that had once been dull and uninteresting, that I had never before given merit to, came to life in a phenomenal way I doubt any other author could have captured as beautifully or artfully So, what is this setting In short, the Panama Canal and certain Spanish districts in the surrounding areas That being said, I can t begin to describe just how Mr Brower crafted with subtle intricacy the significant details, the ordinary wonders, the beauty so often taken for granted Most of all, it s when you re looking back that you fully realize how poetic and awe striking each word, each phrase, each conversation, is I dislike political correctness, especially in novels, so I ll come right out and say what s on my mind Maybe, just maybe, we ve stereotyped Hispanic people Not Mexicans, mind you, Hispanic people see That s a stereotype in itself Everything he said about anyone he met was strikingly new He spoke without hindrance, without question, without permission And it was perfect We could fly, we could drive, we could send our voices across wire, and we could build monuments to the heavens And in this time of wonder, nothing waswondrous than what was unfolding around me the connecting of the oceans, proof that there was not much left for humans to achieve I thought about future generations that would look back and see the pinnacle of human achievement behind them I felt sorry for them Who, after all, enjoys knowing the best is behind them NARRATOR This story is told in 1st person, and never changes voices or perspectives Have a bad feeling Don t Because this pinky promise is excellently told Holt, filled with dry humor and witty remarks, is narrator and protagonist He ll keep you on your toes, sometimes making you stumble over yourself Quick comment, when it comes to names It s one of the reasons this book is so extraordinarily diverse Miskimon, Winona, Raquel, and, of course, Saffire It s spelled that way because using ph to make the f sound is silly, as the young lady in the book says SUSPENSE OTHER COMMENTS It s been quite some time since I had to re read passages twice or thrice to understand the flawless logic and reasoning the characters were musing over Yet this book had my head spinningthan one instance But that s a good thing, right While it was hard to follow and confusing, it was also intelligent and enlightening The suspense washard to describe While you fairly knew who the perpetrator s were the entirety of the time, and you had an idea what was up regarding the motives, the pieces didn t fall into place until the very ending And on that note, the ending was wrapped up incredibly, just like everything else about this book It s not what I would technically classify as a romance story But, as Holt noted, There was tension Of the delicious sort So, there you have it If only school history books could be as interesting and enjoyable asSaffire I learned a massive amount of information regarding Panama and the historical building of the Canal, so many facts and figures, it s crazy I can legitimately say I ve never read a book for pleasure that taught me , in regards to fiction QUOTESLife is messy Numbers aren t We can understand numbers but sometimes not comprehend them Standing here, feeling tiny, that s the real impact this had on me Sure, the canal would be a monstrous triumph of man over nature The audacity to connect one ocean to another would be a combination of the world s largest man made lake, the world s largest locks, the world s largest canal But well within a lifetime, the decades would pass, and as they did, few would give thought to the wonder of it Yet in a lifetime none would ever forget a first love or a sustaining lovedisclaimer I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion The thoughts expressed are entirely my own FULL REVIEW with content overview HERE

  2. says:

    I always have been mesmerized by the building of the Panama canal 1903 1914 and this historical fictional novel brings alive this part of history that made America the leader of the world in technology, engineering, and everything else It was the beginning of the American century and the end of the Victorian domination of the world The history is almost a character in this tale with real historical figures being laced into the fictional tale of a Cowboy, John Holt, being summoned by President I always have been mesmerized by the building of the Panama canal 1903 1914 and this historical fictional novel brings alive this part of history that made America the leader of the world in technology, engineering, and everything else It was the beginning of the American century and the end of the Victorian domination of the world The history is almost a character in this tale with real historical figures being laced into the fictional tale of a Cowboy, John Holt, being summoned by President Rooseveldt to Panama for a delicate investigation The smokescreen was a search for the mother of Saffire, a little mulatto girl He soon discovered that it was muchthan that and that the animosity of different groups against each other was like a time bomb waiting to ignite a second revolution A web of deceit was spun over the canal project which increased the challenges and problems for George Washington Goethals, the US army officer and civil engineer who had to supervise the construction, administration and opening of the canal He was regarded as the three omnis Omnipotent Omniscient Omnipresent A remarkable man The gentle novel centers around the politics and challenges of the time, portraying a harsh environment without adding excessive violence for shock effect The grim and challenging circumstances were not hidden or ignored The discovery of a cure for yellow fever and malaria was a result of the Panama canal, where thousands of workmen perished from the diseases, endangering the completion of the canal Dr Carlos Finlay, from French Scottish descend , a Cuban physician, discovered the link between mosquitoes and these deadly diseases Without him getting involved in the project, the American effort to connect the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was doomed His name is not mentioned in the book, but his methods of eradicating the mosquitoes are used in the plot He deserves a lotrecognition, in my humble opinion U.S Army physician Dr William Gorgas 1854 1920 is credited with Dr Finlay s achievements instead There was enough realism embedded in the story to make this a highly interesting read Although it was not the most heart stopping read, it was informative and entertaining James Holt is the protagonist leading the reader through a highly volatile period of history.I watched two Youtube videos again to capture the immensity of this achievement I really loved this experience and appreciated the decency with which this tale was told A very good read indeed

  3. says:

    Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer is one of the best books I have read in 2016 Saffire is set in 1909 during Teddy Roosevelt s presidency and tells the story of James Holt who sets out to protect a young girl named Saffire as she goes out in search for her mother In her search, James and Saffire are pulled into a world of pirates, gold runners, plantations, deceit, intrigue, romance and revolutionary politics Saffire has everything you could want in a novel Saffire is fast paced, interesting, and f Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer is one of the best books I have read in 2016 Saffire is set in 1909 during Teddy Roosevelt s presidency and tells the story of James Holt who sets out to protect a young girl named Saffire as she goes out in search for her mother In her search, James and Saffire are pulled into a world of pirates, gold runners, plantations, deceit, intrigue, romance and revolutionary politics Saffire has everything you could want in a novel Saffire is fast paced, interesting, and filled with so much history Saffire is a book you will pick up and not want to put down until you finish the very last page Perfect for fans of Historical fiction Saffire is also the perfect read for Autumn I don t know why but it had an Autumn feel to it I do plan on re reading it once we re in October

  4. says:

    An intelligent mystery set during a compelling time in history, Sigmund Brouwer s Saffire is a fascinating novel Excellent first person narration and supberb setting descriptions highlight this historical mystery, as well as an investigation that turns deadly James finds himself in the midst of a potential revolution.Read my full review over on Book Page An intelligent mystery set during a compelling time in history, Sigmund Brouwer s Saffire is a fascinating novel Excellent first person narration and supberb setting descriptions highlight this historical mystery, as well as an investigation that turns deadly James finds himself in the midst of a potential revolution.Read my full review over on Book Page

  5. says:

    There s nothing like a historical novel that s chock full of history, intrigue, and wit Sigmund Brouwer is a master at this, writing a novel that ambles along at an easy pace that s as endearing as it s young namesake Quirky characters step from the shadows when you least expect it, and the humor and heroism of a cowboy from whom the story is told had me giggling whenever I wasn t sighing Amid the main plot, this cowboy s past is laced throughout a past that s complex and filled with life There s nothing like a historical novel that s chock full of history, intrigue, and wit Sigmund Brouwer is a master at this, writing a novel that ambles along at an easy pace that s as endearing as it s young namesake Quirky characters step from the shadows when you least expect it, and the humor and heroism of a cowboy from whom the story is told had me giggling whenever I wasn t sighing Amid the main plot, this cowboy s past is laced throughout a past that s complex and filled with life altering memories from Buffalo Bill s Wild West show Saffire is engaging, eclectic and the building of the Panama Canal really shines in the forefront of the story as a rich and vivid setting Beautifully told

  6. says:

    Saffire brings to life the building of the Panama Canal and the resulting political moves that took place.I was drawn in to the novel right away by the main character James Holt and secondary character Saffire Although the novel is named after Saffire and her story has a lot to do with the action in the novel, she takes up a rather small portion of the pages I would have liked to have knownabout Saffire.Mr Holt is a cowboy from the Dakotas trying to make money to save his land His back Saffire brings to life the building of the Panama Canal and the resulting political moves that took place.I was drawn in to the novel right away by the main character James Holt and secondary character Saffire Although the novel is named after Saffire and her story has a lot to do with the action in the novel, she takes up a rather small portion of the pages I would have liked to have knownabout Saffire.Mr Holt is a cowboy from the Dakotas trying to make money to save his land His background as a rancher and soldier combined with his intelligence make him a worth opponent to those trying to mar his time in Panama My favorite character aside from Mr Holt and Saffire was T.B Miskimon The relationship between Holt and Miskimon was comical Miskimon, like many of the characters in the novel, was a historical figure and some of his actual reports to his colonel are in the novel Sadly, I couldn t find on the author s website what T.B stands for so if anyone knows, please share in the comments.The history of the building of the Panama Canal was brought alive in the pages of Saffire Readers that enjoy a novel heavy on history would likely enjoy Saffire

  7. says:

    James Holt comes to Panama in 1909 at the request of his old friend, Theodore Roosevelt, to carry out a mission that starts out as a search for the mother of Saffire, beautiful and spirited young girl with wits as sharp as a razor But thehe digs, thehe feels that he is getting nowhere, yet there is somethingbeneath the surface that threatens the future of the canal and America.Jim tells the story from his point of view, and despite how the story is told through his eyes, he st James Holt comes to Panama in 1909 at the request of his old friend, Theodore Roosevelt, to carry out a mission that starts out as a search for the mother of Saffire, beautiful and spirited young girl with wits as sharp as a razor But thehe digs, thehe feels that he is getting nowhere, yet there is somethingbeneath the surface that threatens the future of the canal and America.Jim tells the story from his point of view, and despite how the story is told through his eyes, he still keeps his cards rather close to his chest I admired his love for his daughter back home in the Dakotas, and how his rich backstory weaves its way into the story It takes a while for the book to really pick up, which is uncommon for this author, but when it picks up all the pieces and people begin to fall in place And in the end it all came together and was hard to put down.I like how Jim tells story, he calculating and cool, yet we see his doubts and vulnerabilities that he hates about himself He is a smart man, who sees his past actions with perfect clarity and owns up to his faults I liked his alertness and awareness.T.B Miskimons was probably my favorite character, a enigmatic man shrouded in mystery and who seems to be ever in the know, and his interactions with Jim are some of my favorite parts of the book.Overall, a well written novel that brings the uneasy relations between the Americans and the Panama people to life, showing the obstacles that had to be overcome to build the wonder of the Panama Canal A well researched historical read, filled with intrigue, mystery, and even romance Disclosure of Material Connection I received one orof the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising

  8. says:

    Saffire Saffire is a really fun and mysterious book There the main character is brought to Panama Canal to do something and to have chat with General You get a good history about the time period You also get a romance and action packed What will happen to Holt There are some historical characters in the book Sigmund does a wonderful job of tells the facts about 1909 The year may by a bit off but the facts stated are true You will find that at the end of the book.If you enjoy historical f Saffire Saffire is a really fun and mysterious book There the main character is brought to Panama Canal to do something and to have chat with General You get a good history about the time period You also get a romance and action packed What will happen to Holt There are some historical characters in the book Sigmund does a wonderful job of tells the facts about 1909 The year may by a bit off but the facts stated are true You will find that at the end of the book.If you enjoy historical fiction, you will enjoy this book It tells of the building of the Panama Canal I like that fell It also gives a little mystery along with the action in the book

  9. says:

    Saffire by Sigmund Brower is a novel that takes place in the early 1900s at the Panama Canal It was a rough and tumble place, full of seedy characters and the main character, James Holt, fits right in Formerly a cowboy in Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show, he is now a widowed father who enjoys a quiet life on a cattle ranch in the Dakotas When President Teddy Roosevelt, a longtime friend, sends him on a secret mission to Panama, he embarks on an adventure fraught with danger and intrigue Upon a Saffire by Sigmund Brower is a novel that takes place in the early 1900s at the Panama Canal It was a rough and tumble place, full of seedy characters and the main character, James Holt, fits right in Formerly a cowboy in Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show, he is now a widowed father who enjoys a quiet life on a cattle ranch in the Dakotas When President Teddy Roosevelt, a longtime friend, sends him on a secret mission to Panama, he embarks on an adventure fraught with danger and intrigue Upon arriving in Panama City, he meets a young girl named Saffire, whose mother has disappeared Local authorities claim she ran away, but Saffire is not convinced and will not give up trying to find out what happened to her mother.James becomes involved in Saffire s search, trying himself to discover the details surrounding her mother s disappearance He ends up angering some of the native folks, who don t want a foreigner poking around in their business There are bar fights, gun fights, fist fights and even torture in this story I would have to say, despite a little romance between James and a local woman he meets named Raquel, that this story is one that men would enjoythan women I had a hard time following the plot at times and really didn t like all the fighting and gritty adventure Saffire is billed as Historical Christian fiction It is indeed historical and gives lots of details about building the Panama Canal, including much of the political goings on of that day It is also fiction, although based on many actual events and people I have a very hard time however, calling it Christian I only remember one vague reference to God when James visits a dying man and the man asks James to pray for him Although well written, I just didn t enjoy the book very much I do like historical fiction, but I guess I m not that interested in the wild west type adventure I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

  10. says:

    The setting is the building of the Panama Canal The main character is James Holt, a cowboy who had been with Buffalo Bill s Wild West show Now he is a widower with a young daughter and owns a struggling cattle ranch He d met and spent time with Teddy Roosevelt years ago When a summons arrives from the now president, Holt packs his bags He is to go to Panama and do investigative work for Roosevelt, having his past due mortgage paid in return.The plot becomes very complex after Holt arrives i The setting is the building of the Panama Canal The main character is James Holt, a cowboy who had been with Buffalo Bill s Wild West show Now he is a widower with a young daughter and owns a struggling cattle ranch He d met and spent time with Teddy Roosevelt years ago When a summons arrives from the now president, Holt packs his bags He is to go to Panama and do investigative work for Roosevelt, having his past due mortgage paid in return.The plot becomes very complex after Holt arrives in Panama He is not sure what he is to investigate and neither was I There are a number of possibilities and they are confusingly mixed together Holt meets Saffire, a girl about his daughter s age, while waiting to speak to his new boss She is convinced her mother did not run off and abandon her as authorities claim Holt is sympathetic to her plight, even thought she is a very street savvy girl and has her own protection His inquiries about her mother get mixed in with his various investigations.I found the action a bit hard to follow Holt seems to bumble along, getting into trouble and then being rescued There is much action in the novel, the culprits and their reasons hidden under layers of deception There is a lengthy explanation at the end of the novel that clarifies all the participants and their roles I prefer a plot where the deceptive layers are uncovered bit by bit rather than all at the end.There are two strengths to this novel One is the vast amount of information contained about the building of the canal We get a great history lesson about the first attempt by the French, how the U.S then came to build the canal, the deaths of workers, the ramifications of Panama winning independence from Columbia, and much, much .The other strength revolves around the characters and their interaction There is clever dialog and funny puns Holt is quick witted when it comes to verbal skills Some of the characters are very well crafted My favorite was Miskimon He has a case of obsessive compulsive disorder long before such things were diagnosed I was a bit disappointed we did not seeof Saffire, the namesake of the novel We do find out in the end that she was around but she has such an interesting personality I would have liked a greater involvement in the plot.I was also disappointed that there was notof a spiritual aspect to the novel While it is published by a traditionally Christian publisher, I would not identify the book as a Christian novel It contains nothing that would separate it from being identified as being in the general historical fiction genre.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review

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