Historical fiction

Hell Gate (Ingo Finch #3) by Jeff Dawson

I have read and reviewed the previous books of this series almost two years ago : here. ( I am personally pretty happy with the way I put my thoughts across on rereading it today. I doubly recommend you check them out before proceeding with this review!)

As with the other two books in this series, it was a learning experience. Although there are a few scenes shown to us before the actual narrative begins, they are important pieces of the puzzle. You can pick this up without having read the previous two, but I do not recommend it. It would not feel satisfying enough.

The actual narrative takes place in 1904 in New York where a city is coming to fruition thanks to the sweat and blood (literally) of many people working on different things for the city. It is both easy and hard to visualize the descriptions if you have ever visited NYC.
Our protagonist is Ingo Finch, who is on a reluctant mission. Powers that be have strong-armed him into a situation which he does not fully understand until he arrives in the country. Initially, he is not specifically aware of what is required of him and stumbles along, surviving to the best of his ability. A bit of luck and just plain guts, he sees his way to the end in (almost) one piece. The mission is to keep chaos from engulfing things and make sure international relations stay in a balance.
I began this review, mentioning it as a learning experience because the author provides accurate information about things that happened in and around the location at the time, which are fascinating. I kept spouting off a few of them to friends I visited the city with, and they were equally interested. It is an extremely fast-paced storyline, with constant movement and action. There is violence, but it is not something that is dwelt on for too long.
Overall, I think this was a very satisfying read, and I have a faint suspicion about the next place Ingo might end up in, and I look forward to seeing him survive that ordeal.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this book and the previous works of the series.

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