Review of Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer

Leah Courtney
I love historical fiction that introduces me to a time period of which I wasn't very familiar or from which I learn more about a time or event that I already was aware of on a superficial level. I especially love it when an author can weave a great story out of that setting and time period. Sigmund Brouwer does this in Saffiire.

Review of Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer

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From the book's description...

I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it’s difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. . .

For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to ‘let the dirt fly’ and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats.

It’s in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt begins to protect a defenseless girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course—or bring an end to it.

A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire brings to life the most impressive-and embattled- engineering achievement of the twentieth-century.


Right away I was intrigued with the setting and time period. I read a biography of Teddy Roosevelt this past year, and I was interested in his life. That alone was enough to draw me to want to read the book.

Saffire is narrated by the main character- James Holt. I liked him right away. He's a cowboy who is blunt and matter of fact. He's not afraid to say what he's thinking. And we learn in the first chapter that he has a daughter waiting for him at home and that he's kind.

The story drew me in right away, and I was especially interested because the plot was so different than that of other books I've read. There were several elements going on- a mystery that seemed to get deeper and deeper for James, a love story that is developing, and the historical element of the building of the canal that is mentioned throughout as James experiences it.

The book is rich in description, and I was thoroughly drawn in. I can definitely recommend this, and I'll be looking for other books by Sigmund Brouwer.

I give Saffire 5 strong stars. You can find it on Amazon here, and you can read a Kindle sample below.





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