Cable of Fate

The Zimmermann Affair and the Great Southwestern War of 1917

Fiction - Military
270 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2017
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Author Biography

John Eric Vining resides among the quiet farmlands of Northwest Ohio. He is a life-long student of history, receiving his first book, Heroes in Blue and Gray, from his father for his eleventh birthday. John is the author of two previous books, The Trans-Appalachian Wars, 1790-1818: Pathways to America’s First Empire and Tales of the Midwest: Growing Up and Growing Old in Rural Small-town, U.S.A.

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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! Just, wow! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading Cable of Fate: The Zimmermann Affair and the Great Southwestern War of 1917 by author John Eric Vining. In a creative tale that explores what could have happened if the "Zimmermann Telegram" had actually gotten through to the Mexican government during the First World War, this book is full of twists, turns and political intrigue, and does an amazing job of providing a look at what might have been if one thing had changed. Will Mexico be able to secure a second front that will stop the United States from supplying its troops and allies? Will this change the course of history? You'll have to read this excellent new book to find out!

I loved Cable of Fate: The Zimmermann Affair and the Great Southwestern War of 1917. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's certainly how I felt about this highly unique and interesting new tale by author John Eric Vining. Vining has done an amazing job in creating characters that his readers will connect with and relate to. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. His scenes are vividly drawn and provide a level of detail that is simply second to none. His readers will feel as if they have slipped through the pages in time and are actually sitting in 1917 Mexico. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction and likes to wonder "what if" should absolutely read this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Cable of Fate: The Zimmermann Affair and the Great Southwestern War of 1917 and look forward to reading more from the very talented author, John Eric Vining, as soon as I can!