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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Julian North is a young man without a real goal in life in The Lost Revolution by Tom Ulicny. After losing his parents at the age of nine, Julian was raised by an American couple. A sudden interest, or feelings of guilt as the case may be, by his uncle, Emory North, brings Julian to England where he works half heartedly as a file clerk for the London Times. An introduction made by a coworker with a secretive Russian antiquities dealer turns Julian’s life onto quite a different path. Following a murderer trying to get his hands on the book Julian is translating for the Russian, Julian ends up in Istanbul where the action really gets under way. Caught up in an international mystery involving the kidnapping of the heir to the British throne and the capture of the Suez Canal, Julian finds himself dodging death at virtually every turn – in Istanbul, on the high seas, in Port Said and Alexandria. Saving the life of Prince Albert and falling in love are just a few of the other highlights Julian experiences as he struggles to end the mad plot of a group of anarchists desperate to take over the world.
Brilliant descriptions, a complex mystery, and a fantastic naval adventure make The Lost Revolution by Tom Ulicny an exciting story well worth reading. Set in the turbulent time period of the late 1800s, international intrigue, death of long-held empires, and the birth of independence in the Ottoman Empire provide the backdrop for a well-crafted mystery. Strong characters and exciting action make this book very difficult to put down, and misguided goals of men seeking freedom provide food for thought over 100 years after the fact. I recommend The Lost Revolution highly as an excellent look at an interesting point in history.