Welcome to another Friday Book Share! Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)
First line of the book.
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Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favorite line/scene.
I haven’t done as much reading as I’d like lately because I was involved in meeting a deadline on book 3 of my Point Pleasant/Mothman series. Now with that finally behind me (Snoopy dance) I’m diving back into my regular reading. THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT is a book I read while working on my deadline. As a result, it took me a few weeks to finish but honestly, this book was soooo good, I normally would have devoured it in a week or less. Who would have thought the “current war” between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse could make for riveting, pulse-pounding reading? I’m ashamed to say that until I read this novel, I never realized General Electric was originally Edison General Electric, the company founded by Thomas Edison. Doh!
First Line of Book:
On the day that he would first meet Thomas Edison, Paul watched a man burn alive in the sky above Broadway.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America—from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and author of The Sherlockian
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING EDDIE REDMAYNE
New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?
The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society—the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal—private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?
In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.
Introduce the main character using only three words:
Paul Cravath—young, driven, confused
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book):
Audience appeal. Who would enjoy reading this book?
Readers of historical fiction, particularly as related to the late 1800s.
A favorite line/scene:
Paul mediated the wars of men who devoted their lives to creating things from thin air. But such different things! Westinghouse created objects. Tesla created ideas. While Edison, a few miles away, was busy creating an empire.
Do you enjoy historical fiction? Does this book sound like something that would appeal to you?