Nobody’s Heroes was gifted to me in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: Nobody’s Heroes
Author: Steven Jacob
Publication date: 30th October 2019
Genre: historical fiction
Reuben Ayers in on the come-up. He makes a deal with Tammany Hall to spy on the African American regiment out of Harlem during World War I. As he works his way into the regiment, befriending Jim Europe, bandleader; and his friend Noble Sissle, he begins to understand the power of altruism. Though too late he realizes that he has sacrificed too much for the wrong thing.
In an effort to repent his betrayal of his people, he sets out on a quest to save the child he did not know he had and to repair the relationships that he sundered during his climb to the political heights. Only through his friendships forged on the battlefield is he able to come to the conclusion that his fight must change if he is to save his soul.
The premise of this story sounded really interesting and I was excited to get into this story and see what I thought about it.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this novel I was very confused for the start of this novel. I never got to know our main character and didnt understand why he was doing what he was doing.
This story jumped alot too so I wasn’t sure what the hell was going on.
Nobodys heroes was actually quiet slow paced but I was intrigued. I was 35% of the way through and i still wasn’t sure what was going on and when the parts of the synopsis would be coming along that i was interested.
This story explores many themes such as war and racism back in the day and I enjoyed the discussions in this novel.
About this author
Steven Jacob has been writing fiction since he was in the second grade. He earned a B.A. in History from Utah State University and a J.D. in law from Santa Clara University. He has worked as an international corporate attorney for the last ten years.
Earlier this year he independently published a historical fiction novel, Nobody’s Heroes, about the black regiment out of Harlem during World War I, though he has not been given access to sales figures yet. As a gay man with mental illness, he is intensely interested in the stories of minority peoples and their struggles to fight against oppression.
While researching To Save My People he lived in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area where he had access to research and resources related to the history described in the novel. He has also spent thousands of dollars in shipping to get the secondary sources he needed to research his novel to his home in Vietnam