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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
An Appointed Time by James Redfearn is a historical story that follows the life of Frank Mahan and one of the most dangerous manhunts in the history of Massachusetts. It’s a tale of heroes and gangsters, but most importantly, it's a story that explores the art of making choices. It is 1958 and Frank, a man with no military or police background, decides to enlist as a Massachusetts state trooper. While he works alongside a WWII veteran, PK Cunningham, there are those who leave the salutary profession to become gangsters — John and William Coyle. Things seem to work pretty well for Frank until a sinister encounter with the bad guys. He is torn between doing what is necessary or saving himself. With guidance from Cunningham, he will have to learn the hard way that certain things are not always the way they seem to be — and this happens most of the time.
James Redfearn has crafted a compelling story that will appeal to fans of historical novels with powerful settings. The writing style is highly descriptive, captivating the reader right away. An Appointed Time handles the psychological and physical conflicts in a masterly way, and readers will very much appreciate how the conflict sets the beat for the story. The pacing is good and one feels compelled to follow the protagonist till the last page of the novel. Redfearn demonstrates great mastery when it comes to economy of words and precision in writing and, coupled with the skilled art of storytelling and the gift of character creation, this makes for a really enjoyable read.