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The Ambush of My Name (US Grant mysteries Book 1) by [Marks, Jeffrey]
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In his first novel, The Ambush of My Name, Jeffrey Marks reimagines Ulysses S. Grant's post-war homecoming to Georgetown, Ohio, as a historical mystery. When Grant is met with hostility from many townspeople and with a corpse in his hotel room, he tracks the murderer to find out who wants to make trouble for him in the presidential elections.

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When General Ulysses Grant returns to Georgetown, Ohio where he grew up he expects to be hailed as a hero. But as soon as he sets foot in the place people are calling him a butcher and he finds a dead body in his hotel room. Who it is nobody knows and he has to try to find out whodunit hampered by the fact his disapproving wife has just bumped into his old flame, one of his bitterest enemies from boyhood is running the telegraph office that just happens to be having trouble and both a Pinkerton agent and a local reporter want to help out. Suddenly fighting the Civil War doesn’t seem so hard!

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It has been six months since Lee surrendered to Grant and now the victorious General thinks he will run for president once Johnson's term ends. Grant returns to his hometown of Georgetown, Ohio expecting a hero's welcome.

Perhaps it is the geographical location being near the Border States but there are many Confederacy sympathizers are in the crowds. He is called butcher by a heckler and no one intercedes on his or his wife Julia's behalf. When the Grants enter their hotel room, they find a corpse waits to greet them. Later Ulysses takes Julia on a picnic on the back roads only to have a sniper try to kill them. Secretary of State Seward sends a Pinkerton Agent to investigate and soon he concludes that southerners are still fighting the war by targeting Grant as a means of shocking the nation with his assassination.

Jeffrey marks has done a wonderful job of capturing the mood of the nation just six months after the Civil War ended. General grant is treated as real person with doubts and fears as opposed to an unflappable legend. THE AMBUSH OF MY NAME is a fascinating historical mystery that achieves the mark of excellence.

Harriet Klausner
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This novel--intended as part of a strange crusade by the author to turn Ulysses Grant into Nancy Drew with a beard--has nothing to offer fans of either USG or Agatha Christie. It is hilariously inaccurate historically, and Marks obviously never bothered to learn the first thing about the the real-life figures he writes about. He depicts Grant as a henpecked, wimpy twerp who would have never lasted for two minutes against Robert E. Lee (or Mary Custis Lee, for that matter,) and his adoring--and adored--wife Julia is, bafflingly, depicted here as Hillary Clinton in hoops. He could not have created a more misleading portrayal of those two if he had tried.
I perhaps could have forgiven this if he had at least created an engaging work of fiction, but he did not. The book is shallow and dull, with a plot that the author must have spent a whole 45 seconds concocting. The book is, in short, a waste of time and paper.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's obvious that the author took a lot of pains to get the history right. There were a lot of details about the war and its aftermath that I didn't know before I read the book. It's a great way to learn more about history while reading a good mystery tale.
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HASH(0xa6f6e180) out of 5 stars Murder Grant Sept. 5 2005
By Deborah Elliott-Upton - Published on
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Hiram Grant, re christened Ulysses S Grant by the U.S.Army, decides to revisit Georgetown, Ohio prior to the run for presidency his wife desires more than he. Fresh from the war, Grant is labeled hero by some and butcher by others. To his disappointment, a hero's welcome after a twenty-five year absence from his childhood hometown is withheld.

Escorted to the National Union hotel's best accommodations, Grant and his socially-conscious wife, Julia, discover their locked room's bed is already occupied -- by a dead man.

A single Confederate bill mixed with the dead man's belongings, an anxious young journalist aspiring to be the next Horace Greeley and an old flame resurfacing add to Grant's problems.

Following the recent assassination of the president and amid rumors of plans to kill Lincoln's entire cabinet, Grant is forced to confront the threats as viable. Much to Grant's distaste, a Pinkerton detective is sent as his body guard.

Jeffrey Marks proves his storytelling abilities worth the reader's time with THE AMBUSH OF MY NAME. Marks use of personality nuances of his characters make them seem like old acquaintances. We can feel the grit while we sidestep horse dung in the dust-filled streets. Caught up in the mystery, the reader delights in finding historical facts lead us not into a mere history lesson, but into an engaging hunt for clues to the superb resolution.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f6e1d4) out of 5 stars Inconsistent effort Oct. 27 2004
By R. BULL - Published on
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There are elements of this novel that I liked very much. The history seemed well researched. Some of the characters are interesting (although others could be cardboard cutouts.) the concept is intriguing. The major weakness, in my opinion, is that the book is not very well written. The author shows Grant looking up from a dead body on the bed and noticing that the pictures on the walls are watercolors by local artists. What's with that? Frequently, when Grant is put in an embarassing or uncomfortable situation he thinks, "This is worse than Cold Harbor" or some other battle. Not at all believable. I really liked the idea and wanted to like the book, but what should be a fun read turned into chore at times.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f6e4b0) out of 5 stars Good debut novel Aug. 12 2005
By A. McGraw - Published on
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In The Ambush of My Name, a story of Ulysses Grant and his wife Julia, Grant returns to his hometown expecting a hero's welcome. What he finds is a dead body waiting for him in his hotel room at the National Union.

He receives a second surprise when his childhood sweetheart, Adelaide Duncan, shows up unexpectedly and appears to be involved in some way.

With the help of a young reporter named Hart and a Pinkerton agent named Tyson, Grant tries to solve the mystery of who the dead man is and why he was murdered. Is the body left in Grant's room to sully his name? Could it have anything to do with the Lincoln assassination? The suspect list is relatively short, but as the story progresses things take a few twists and turns to keep you guessing, including attempts on Grant's life. The resolution to this story will, I think, surprise you.

I hope Jeffrey Marks might bring General Grant and his wife, Julia, back for a curtain call in future books. The characters, as Marks created them, were endearing and memorable. I was delighted with this debut novel and look forward to more stories by this author.

Marja McGraw
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f6e9cc) out of 5 stars "... Save in his own Country" July 23 2012
By Shoshana Hathaway - Published on
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One of the things I like about Jeffrey A. Marks' writing is that, probably because he has read and loves mysteries of the Golden age, his stories show the influence of such luminaries as Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. His use of language is excellent, without being showy, and his plotting is both intricate and delicate. His stories are constructed with fine attention to detail, without losing an idea of the entire edifice.

In this book, we meet General Grant as he returns to his childhood home for a visit, and to test some political waters. The visit doesn't quite meet expectations in many ways, and exceeds them, in others. He is immediately plunged into the thick of the mystery the moment the door to his hotel room opens, and that is where we can almost always find him. Were this *only* a mystery, it would be eminently readable, but it is more. First, it is a historical novel, and the atmosphere and setting are meticulously drawn, though they remain, as they should, background to the unfolding tale. they are the scene canvas in front of which the action takes place, and yet, the characters are influenced by their time and place, as are we. Mr. Marks gives us a true sense of what things were like, and how people thought, just after the Civil War, including the passions raised by the assassination of President Lincoln. People act in ways that would have been appropriate then, whether they would be so now, or not, and I think that is important. In addition, the characters are well developed, and extremely human. We see a General doubt himself, doubt his abilities in certain areas, and fight with his demons, both emotional and psychological. We see how his neighbors, friends, rivals, and mentors react to the man he has become, and how they deal, or don't, with his success.

I'll admit I figured out "who did it", but it wasn't until near the end, and, basically, it involved following the clues Mr. Marks adeptly leaves lying around, usually half hidden, and a process of elimination. "It can't be this one, too obvious" "It can't be this one, because ..." I'm sure all readers do this, checking off names on a mental list, as they read. but, in the end, the resolution made perfect sense, and I can't think of a single dangling thread.

In short, this is a delightful book, and will give anyone who enjoys the period, or cozy mysteries, or both, several hours of unalloyed pleasure.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f6e294) out of 5 stars GRANT MYSTERY May 23 2012
By Gary L. Staton - Published on
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I was sort of in a new zone on this book as I admire US Grant from the Civil War but as a mystery slueth? I was pleasantly surprised as the story is logical and follows a believable path in history. The weaving of the Grant family into the story made it seem more like non fiction, which I normally read. A good who dun-it as I did not solve until the end. Looks like the start of a good series.