Friday, 12 June 2020

A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn + #Giveaway

A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn
Self published in March 2020.

"Readers who enjoy literary-style writing, but with all the turns and twists of a full drama plot are certain to devour this lavish and exciting work by author Daniel Davidsohn. One of the most impressive elements for me was the character development of Christel herself, who could so easily have followed the tropes of a typical beautiful lead female, but has several layers of depth and emotional heartache that she works through as the novel unfolds. The plot is revealed at a great pace to maintain intrigue for the sins of the past, but it also has plenty of surprises and revealing interactions along the way that astute fans will pick up on. Overall, A Goddess Among Men is a very enjoyable work and is not to be missed by fans of high-quality writing and accomplished drama." -  K.C. Finn, Author of The Mind's Eye 

"A Goddess Among Men is a fascinating tale of derring-do in the untamed wilds of the Amazon rain forest. Daniel Davidsohn has a writing style that is smooth, fluid and compelling. I found this story impossible to put down and completed it in just one sitting. The author’s descriptive prose of especially the rainforest, its flora, and fauna, as well as its native peoples, transported me there. I was beside the two men as they fought against horrifying deprivation and local political corruption to establish themselves in an industry where a few made a fortune and the rest either perished or were paupers, struggling along trying to survive each day. I particularly enjoyed the strong female leads in the story, especially the women that would steal Julian’s heart. All the characters were flawed and yet the author was able to arouse the reader’s sympathy and empathy even for the thoroughly crooked and, at times, despicable Alan Reid. If you like stories of generational power and wealth, this one will be right up your alley. I thoroughly enjoyed A Goddess Among Men and can highly recommend it to a wide audience."  - Grant Leishman, Author of Just A Drop in the Ocean

From the primitive ruggedness of the Amazon rainforest to the privileged society of New York, three generations experience triumph and tragedy in this saga of loyalty, corruption, greed . . . but one woman has the power to change it all.

In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber boom. Pioneers in an era of uncertainty, they form an unlikely alliance and establish the foundation for a successful empire, Reid & Welch. However, with Julian's death, the empire is left to Alan, as is the responsibility for Julian's newborn daughter, Christel.

Yet for Christel, there’s no growing up as a privileged heiress. Instead, Alan subjects her to a life few endure, much less overcome. Through her will to survive and being as uncompromising as she is beautiful, Christel puts the horrors of her past behind her and begins to build a seemingly bright future. But when the success built on corruption starts to crumble, Christel will be forced to address the past or pay for the sins of the fathers.

A Goddess Among Men is an epic family story which takes readers from the emergence of the Brazilian rubber industry in the Amazon rainforest at the beginning of the 20th century to present day environmental concerns about the potentially irreversible destruction of what remains of that same rainforest. The novel focuses first on treasure hunting business partners Alan and Julian as they establish the beginnings of what will become a wealthy global empire. I enjoyed reading about their exploits, immoral though they frequently are, and was intrigued by the interactions between these two very different men.

Despite its Goddess title, the narrative is always driven by male action with the women's characters usually being decorative or sexual, something I found particularly disturbing in scenes of Christel's early teenage years. (This novel should carry a child sex abuse trigger warning.) Christel herself was a difficult character for me to understand as her motivations often seemed at odds with what we were told about her. I was surprised at how swiftly adult Christel relinquished control to men she had only just met. I would have expected a lot less trust considering her past experiences, and I would have appreciated her being allowed to blossom into a strong independent woman rather than a rich one who perpetually allows herself to be rescued.

That said, A Goddess Among Men is an unusual story that doesn't follow the usual thriller formula so I was keen to find out how everything would finally resolve itself. Davidsohn is good at establishing historical atmosphere by including pertinent details of fashions and culture of the periods. He always keeps his tale moving forward at a fast pace too so the book feels exciting to read and there is a lot going on to keep readers guessing.

Meet the author:
Born in 1969, Brazil, Daniel Davidsohn's novels have been called exciting, gripping, and engrossing, garnering him praise and rave reviews. He is passionately attracted to unfamiliar things and enjoys taking readers off the beaten path. His books include From The Nile to The Euphrates (2009), Mare Crisium (2015), A Higher Power (2016), The Karma Code (2017), Leave Her Out, a 2018 Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist, and A Goddess Among Men (2020).

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