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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.” – MLK. Traverse: The Last Heir of Arthur is a political thriller by W.A. Holdsworth. While recuperating from an attempted suicide, William MacCrarey meets Merrill Mageah, a member of a Clan founded in the fifth century, CE. Merrill informs MacCrarey that he’s King Arthur’s heir and takes him to meet the Clan Keeper. Kyle Dunham briefs MacCrarey on his historical legacy. The Clan wants him to continue Arthur's work bringing peaceful democracy worldwide. Under their guidance, he becomes the US Deputy Ambassador to the UN. This stalls the inhumane scheme that Undersecretary Gerhardt Schoen and his boss, Renee Boujeau, have for the UN. They send Arthur’s heir on a peacekeeping mission to Cyprus, knowing he’s too inexperienced to handle the political turmoil.
“The life that is unexamined is not worth living.” – Socrates. W.A. Holdsworth wrote a moving first chapter that gives a good description of the type of man MacCrarey happens to be. I previously read Novum Orbis Regium, Book 2, and saw the differences in his character and how he dealt with problems in both thrillers. Clan members also fascinated me, especially Merrill and Kyle. It amused me to see how they got things done without attracting attention to themselves. Traverse: The Last Heir of Arthur is an intriguing novel with an informative segment on the functions of the UN and the roles of participating countries. W.A. Holdsworth is an author I recommend following if you want a gripping book to read.