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The Shield of Silence   By: (1860-)

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In "The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock, readers are thrust into a richly woven narrative that combines history, mystery, and adventure. The author skillfully constructs a world that spans different time periods, effortlessly transitioning between the present and the past.

The story follows a young and independent protagonist, whose curiosity soon leads her on a thrilling journey filled with unexpected twists and turns. Comstock's writing style is nothing short of captivating, ensuring that readers are completely absorbed in the protagonist's quest for truth and justice.

One of the noteworthy aspects of this novel is the meticulous attention to historical detail. Comstock's research is evident throughout the book, as she seamlessly weaves historical events and figures into the storyline. This adds depth and authenticity to the plot, making it feel more substantial and credible.

The characters in "The Shield of Silence" are expertly developed, with each having a unique voice and role. The protagonist is relatable and well-rounded, a young woman with strengths and flaws that make her journey relatable. The supporting cast, from allies to adversaries, are also fleshed out with intricate backstories and motivations that enrich the overall narrative.

The pacing of the story is fast-paced, with the author utilizing suspense and tension to keep readers continuously engaged. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, propelling the reader forward, hungry for the next revelation. Comstock skillfully balances exposition with action, ensuring that the story never becomes overwhelming.

While "The Shield of Silence" offers a deeply engrossing plot, there are moments where the narrative feels slightly predictable. Some plot twists can be anticipated by astute readers, which might detract from the overall excitement. However, this doesn't diminish the enjoyment of the book significantly, as the execution and writing style more than make up for it.

The writing itself is elegant and evocative, transporting readers into the vividly described settings. Comstock creates a palpable atmosphere, whether it be a bustling city street or an abandoned estate, infusing each location with a distinct personality. The author's descriptive prose enhances the reading experience, allowing readers to visualize the scenes vividly.

"The Shield of Silence" is a solid offering for those who enjoy historical mysteries. It seamlessly blends intriguing mysteries with well-researched history, promising a captivating reading experience for those who enjoy exploring the past through the lens of fiction. Harriet T. Comstock's skilled storytelling and attention to detail make this book a compelling addition to the genre.

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[Illustration: " Joan rose from her self appointed task. She looked at Thornton and throbbed with hate but as she looked her mood again changed she felt such pity as she had never known in her life before. "]

THE SHIELD OF SILENCE

BY HARRIET T. COMSTOCK

AUTHOR OF JOYCE OF THE NORTH WOODS, ETC.

FRONTISPIECE BY GEORGE LOUGHRIDGE

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Made in the United States of America

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF TRANSLATION INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES, INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE COUNTRY LIFE PRESS, GARDEN CITY, N. Y.

TO MY SON PHILIP S. COMSTOCK

"We will grasp the hands of men and women; and slowly holding one another's hands we will work our way upwards."

THE SHIELD OF SILENCE

Let us agree at once that

We are all on the Wheel. The difference lies in our ability to cling or let go. Meredith Thornton and old Becky Adams let go!

Across the world's heart they fell the heart of the world may be wide or narrow and, by the law of attraction, they came to Ridge House and Sister Angela.

Unlike, and separated by every circumstance that, according to the expected, should have kept them apart they still had the same problem to confront and the solution had its beginning in that pleasant home for Episcopal Sisters which clings so enchantingly along the north side of what is known as Silver Gap, a cleft in the Southern mountains... Continue reading book >>




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