A Few of the Many Testimonials from Raving Fans
Compares to Patterson and Cornwell!
A Real Page-Turner!
Well written books leave you with memorable characters you don’t soon forget. For me those characters were Will James, a notorious hacker with so much self confidence he makes Bill Clinton seem unsociable, and Albert Froog, a sleezy antique dealer, who would be at home in any Charles Dickens novel. Even though the Jefferson Files begin in the 19th Century, it’s not long before we are transported to the 21st Century. This technique of telling the story by cross-cutting between centuries allows Herman to explore his secondary theme, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I recommend this book with only one caveat, do not start to read it if you want to accomplish anything else that day!
I Highly Recommend!
It is rare that you read fiction and you are so engaged in the historical elements of it that it inspires you to read more on the topic and feel as engaged in the story as the characters are in the novel! This book takes you to many locations, and many times throughout history, near and far, and yet the author has done a really excellent job making it all make sense. It’s a real testament to his writing ability that as a reader the story comes together so clearly, whether you’re in the 1800’s or 1900’s. And how cool that even though this book touches on parts of real American history, it all felt like it was newly discovered nuggets, and the fictional story was so tense and exciting that I didn’t know how it could possibly end? I highly recommend.
Gripping, Fast Moving
I found myself immediately struck by the story and loved how Herman sprinkled in historical facts. It is fast-moving; I feel like I truly devoured this story! Herman is an excellent writer with a great attention to detail. This is a great read for young adults looking to learn more about Thomas Jefferson and the politics of secret societies as well as adults interested in murder mysteries! I’ve recommended this book to many friends!
The Jefferson Files (Vol. 1)
FIVE Star Reviews from Amazon
“Up until meeting Mr. Herman at last year’s “Made in CT Expo,” my interest in American political history was bordering on non-existent. He was one of several Connecticut-based published authors offering their books at the expo. He had such a nice smile and was clearly deeply interested in his subject matter that I bought the book. I’m very glad I did; it took me less than a week to read it and I was wishing for more.
The characters are lifelike; you can see them in your imagination, you can feel their emotions, and hear their voices when they speak. Herman delves into the periods of which he writes, allowing us to discover the facts and history leading up to each event, rather than spoon-feeding it to us.
There are a few different sub-plots all entwined in a greater plot, and Herman weaves the web of intrigue and suspense flawlessly, while being keenly attuned to the actual historic background of his story. I enjoyed The Jefferson Files so much that when I saw him this afternoon at this year’s Made in CT Expo, I bought his newest book, The Hidden Treasure Files…a William James Mystery.”
What’s next Martin? The movie?”
“The time is 1860, and Thomas Jefferson, the sitting president of the United States, is faced with an ethical dilemma that could destroy his presidency. So we learn in the first chapter of Martin Herman’s novel of historical fiction, The Jefferson Files. The genre of historical fiction can challenge what we’ve accepted as settled history by employing little known recorded facts as a starting point that triggers alternative outcomes. Herman uses a smattering of published tidbits to fire up his imagination on all cylinders. The Jefferson Files is a full throttle page turner, complete with an array of quirky fictional characters that often interact with real historical figures.
As the Jefferson Files unfold, we become aware of a group of all powerful, ruthless super patriots (think of the mafia with muskets) who occupy public office and control the behavior of their neighbors by using personal information they obtain through a network of secret informants. As I read, I kept drawing parallels about the culture of surveillance we live in since 9/11. I wondered how big a leap it is to say that the concept of surveillance, like slavery, pre-dates the founding of this country and has always been a part of our national heritage.
Well written books leave you with memorable characters you don’t soon forget. For me those characters were Jonathan James, a notorious hacker with so much self confidence he makes Bill Clinton seem unsociable, and Albert Froog, a sleezy antique dealer, who would be at home in any Charles Dickens novel.
Even though the Jefferson Files begin in the 19th Century, it’s not long before we are transported to the 21st Century. This technique of telling the story by cross-cutting between centuries allows Herman to explore his secondary theme, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The Jefferson Files was a great read that provoked my curiosity about Jefferson the man and Jefferson the third President of this country. I recommend this book with only one caveat, do not start to read it if you want to accomplish anything else that day!”
“I loved this novel!
This story travels along two paths. One, in 1806 when the story begins and the second, almost two hundred years later, when it is finally resolved. Rather than confuse, the two intertwined story lines made the telling of this mystery so much more exciting. I particularly enjoyed the character development – the “bad guys” had so many human qualities and the “good guys” had real faults.
I hope there will be a follow up to this novel.. I just didn’t want this one to end.”