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Monday, June 26, 2017

Firebrand by A. J. Hartley

This is the second book set in a future where whites, blacks and browns live in uneasy harmony.  Anglet Sutonga is a teenage steeplejack.  One of if not the premier steeplejack in Bar-Selhem turned private eye or perhaps special agent.  Someone has stolen some documents and her personal government official tasks her with finding them.

Hartley did an excellent job creating a community that seems to combine aspects of Victorian society with a respect for the press and uneasy race relations.  Anglet’ ethics and morality give her frequent pause in this book.  She is faced with a sociopath with semblances of a racist and a Hitler clone who frighten her and nauseate her simultaneously.   

Current events play a part as there are refugees driven from their homes by war and civilians interfering in government plots as well as nefarious government plots.

I highly recommend this second book and love the strong female protagonist.  I pleased to find that Hartley, a noted male author,  has gone out of his way to feature a strong female protagonist in this new series.

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