Article first published as Book Review: Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren on Blogcritics.
Family drama that begins in a simple Greek village is thrown into further chaos amidst Chicago’s turbulent prohibition years in the 1920s and the devastation of World War II. The Stavros brothers are forced to flee their Greek home after disaster at their elder brother’s wedding places a price on their heads. They surreptitiously board a ship destined for American along with Sophie Frangos, whom the Markos loves from afar. When they arrive in Chicago they seek refuge with the Stavros’ uncle, but quickly learn that the price of freedom is more precarious and sacrificial than they ever could have imagined.
When they are sadistically torn apart by the devious schemes of the mob, each main character must find their own path in life in order to survive-a path that will ultimately bring them redemption, honour, and restoration. Out of the ashes of war arise unlikely heroes who selflessly honour their promises and dare to hope for a brighter horizon.
Once again, Susan May Warren has created strong, multi-dimensional characters that carry the weight of the storyline effortlessly and can stand out even against such a rich setting. She has captured the very essence of Chicago during the pinnacle of jazz filled prohibition nights. The juxtaposition of the simplicity of pre-War Greece, the smoky underground clubs of Chicago during the flapper era, and war torn Europe is intoxicating, drawing readers deeper into the layered storyline.
For movie lovers, this book is almost a hybrid of The Untouchables and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.