Book Reviews

Renata and Jack Thorne, Cupertino, CA
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“Rudy has a flair for writing. He holds a reader’s interest intensely in the characters. What’s next? We’re looking forward to his next novel!”
Neil Smersfelt, retired Engineer Pinole, CA
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Here is a trilogy worth reading – not too long and loaded with surprises. Rudy makes it hard to put the book down. I wish the school history books were written like this.
Eileen Koskie, Georgetown, Texas
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I was struck most by the difficult choices Eduardo had to make – and how he managed to survive through it all. I thought Rudy Leeman was going to kill Eduardo early in the book when he wrote how the gang near Sarzana captured him. I learned so much about the history of Italy as I read. Rudy sneaked it into the action.
Karen Leeman, sitting by my creek in Day’s Creek, Oregon
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Living has its moments of isolation and concerns; both Alicia and Eduardo had them. The whole thing is so exciting. Lots of surprises. I always knew my dad could write. He’s really written mystery into Eduardo’s adventures. I thought the guy on the cliff was going to slice Eduardo in half. Dad had another trick up his sleeve!
Barbara Marr, special education teacher, Georgetown, Texas
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I finished the first book and thought I knew what really happened about abused women and mistreatment of children. I didn’t find out until near the end of the second book. It revealed so much more than what I believed in the first book. The third book put a real cover on the story of Alicia, the real history of Italy, and the discoveries – I can’t say – it’s all real and holds great surprises. I loved that Eduardo finally fell in love, in Venice. Can’t say who or what but it was so different.
Karla Roth, from Texas
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There are so many instances where Eduardo and Rai solve how to free the kids stolen from their homes in wartime. The government didn’t help them. Eduardo made them help. His supervisor, Inspector Gaspari, was surprised how Eduardo used such creative thinking. It was so sad when Eduardo heard the enslaved girl’s voice through the door in the basement in the third book. I had no idea how Rudy Leeman would free her. She was so well hidden.
Chelsea Weder, Toronto, Canada
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As one who works in movies, I can easily picture the story of Brother Eduardo turning into a film series. Rudy Leeman has created a boundless passion. The terror of war is real and slavery seemingly unstoppable. The outcome of all was not to be guessed correctly, but discovered through lots of surprises. The Brother Eduardo series is an exciting spinoff of For Everything a Season. Both are worth the read.