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There are two parts to writing: How you tell your story and the story itself. In the case of the Sins of our Fathers, the story is well-written, but the story is weak. I got fatally wounded while reading about Blackjack, my game of choice when I'm helping to pay the electric bills for the casinos. Mr. Otto's description of the game made me wonder if he'd ever been in a casino. He also noted the racket of coins in the slot machines -- a sound that hasn't been heard in ten or fifteen years.
The story is the downward trajectory of the main character due to his own blunders. Instead of sympathy for him, it seemed to me he just got what he deserved. At book's end, I wasn't satisfied; I was just glad it was over.
A book this well-written deserves a better review, but I gotta be honest.
Shawn spins a story that's believable, intriguing and shocking. We hear so much about the continued prejudice against African Americans, but what about the treatment of our indigenous people, the American Indians? Shawn's story grabs the reader's attention with an ingenious plot while laying open the legal, political and entrepreneurial abuses inflicted on them. This book is a must read!