Set in Panama in 1909, Saffire has a tale of intrigue, a touch of romance, and grounded in historical accuracy. James Holt, who was a member of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, is asked to investigate the sabotage at the Panama Canal construction site, Holt finds conspiracies and collusions far darker than even President Roosevelt imagined.
While Panamanian revolutionaries attempt to wrench control of the canal from the U.S., white American Holt becomes more concerned with Saffire, a young mixed-race girl as she goes out in search for her mother who mysteriously disappears. James and Saffire are drawn into a world of pirates, gold runners, plantations, deceit, intrigue, romance, and revolutionary politics. Saffire has everything you could want in a novel.
Fans of historical fiction will like this story. From the fascinating amount of information contained about the building of the canal; to the great history lesson about the first attempt by the French to build the canal and how the U.S. then came to complete it. The tragedy of the deaths of workers, the ramifications of Panama winning independence from Columbia, and much more that rounds out the mystery.
I enjoyed the story and I recommend getting in your favorite chair, have your favorite drink ready, and enjoy the mix of history and a good story.
I received a copy of this novel through Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.