I recently interviewed John Hazen on my blog and finally caught up with some of his amazing work.
“Journey of an American Son” was a title I wasn’t sure I could relate to as European, but on the strength of his other work, I gave it a go.
What I found is a rich and accomplished historical novel.
At the beginning of the novel we encounter Benjamin, almost with a death wish in a prison in India in 1920.
Hazen then leads the reader through the journey that led there and the journey that might free Benjamin, interspersed with segments about Benjamin’s wife, his family and his life.
This turned into quite an addictive read for me that touched upon the big issues of the times, such as racism, immigration, antisemitism and women’s rights.
A well written and rewarding read about human nature, goodness and the foundations of the American dream.
Bio: John Hazen came to writing novels relatively late in life, but once he started he hasn’t looked back. He was born and raised in Massachusetts but has lived in the New York City/New Jersey area for the past forty years. Degrees from Rutgers, The New School and NYU buttress a lifelong passion for learning and a love of history. Inspired by Lynn, his wife of over thirty-five years, he pursued the dream of becoming an established author and is now working on his fifth book. John and Lynn love to travel, and the experiences of those travels find their way into his writing. John’s reading tastes are eclectic, ranging from histories to classic novels to an occasional piece of modern trash. His absolute “must reads” are Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time.
Website – www.johnwhazen.com
Twitter – @john_hazen
Journey of an American Son – http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/journey-of-an-american-son?rq=journey or