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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Marco Polo by Jeff Heckler is a psychological thriller with a plot that will keep you hooked until the end. Wendell Lee was a war hero. Serving his country was good, but Wendell left his life in the military and became a lawyer, hoping it would change things for his family. However, the damage was done, and alcoholism didn’t help his case. But when his daughter was kidnapped, Wendell knew he had to do everything he could to get her back home safely. Enlisting the help of Dekker O’Shea, Wendell was ready to go to the ends of the earth to get his daughter back. However, nothing could have prepared him for the journey ahead, where he would battle his biggest demons, face racism unlike ever before, and still power through it all to get Izzy back home.
Marco Polo is set in the 1940s and is a complex ride filled with emotions and action. Wendell Lee reminded me of characters by Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. He was flawed and made mistakes, but he was just a simple man. Jeff Heckler did a great job of making sure Wendell made an impression on readers' hearts. I instantly felt a connection with Wendell. He knew he wasn’t perfect and did his best to do something good for his blind wife and little Izzy. Declan, a.k.a. Dekker, was the picture-perfect companion to help Wendell. Both of them struggled with alcoholism, but they understood each other’s dilemmas and became the support system they needed to escape the scary, dark world. I loved this novel and wouldn’t mind reading it again and again.