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Too Much Backstory Slowed the Pace
October 5, 2010
Lawyer, historian, and amateur sleuth, Wyatt Rook, has been hired by Liz Hannah to investigate the disappearance of her grandfather after his plane was shot down during a mission in WWII. Liz tells Wyatt enough to peak his interest, but his attraction to her is what sends him to Germany to investigate. But a modern Crusader is determined to stop Wyatt from learning the truth about the real purpose of that mission. As the reader is taken through different time periods including the crucifixion of Christ, WWII missions, and modern Germany, we slowly learn the connection between the religious and war scenes and Wyatt's search.
Crucified is described as a fusion of police procedural, whodunit, suspense, horror, historical, war, and legal thriller. The description is right, but it also identifies part the problem. There's so much going on in this book, so many long descriptions, so much jumping back and forth from topic to topic and time periods that it disrupted the story's flow. A lot of information was presented almost in essay form as POV switched between characters to omniscient in some places. I don't know much about religious history or World War II, so the information was interesting, but it really was too much of a good thing. For example, in the last third of the book, two pages of backstory were inserted into a chase scene. My editor would never let me get away with that. Still, I learned a lot, was entertained for the most part, and the ending was satisfying.