I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and got to a point where I couldn’t put it down. The book is very personal to me as a resident of the city, but it’s a story that’s all too familiar to those throughout the country as well. I loved how the story lines and different aspects of times in history were intertwined.
The story was told vividly and I found it funny how I can see real people of today inside those characters. I only wish we had a Luis Alma that we can turn to today. Great job on a well written book. I wish more people can realize that the fate of our future truly lies in learning about our past. — Candice Frederick, Tourism Marketing Manager; Destination Trenton, Trenton Visitor Center
There’s a missing word that book reviewers and literary critics alike could use to describe certain books. Perhaps “impetus” would be the best choice to fill this gap. It’s the quality that forces readers to keep turning the page, reading the next page, then the next chapter. And it’s a fact that many well-written books, even those with interesting characters and complex plots, don’t have impetus. [Joplin Independent]
In the first part, the Harts of Hopewell work with Franklin, Washington and other staunch patriots to secure freedoms for a fledging America as they try to hold the family together. The story then shifts to modern-day Trenton, where Luis Alma fights to preserve the integrity of the city in the face of political upheaval. [Centraljersey.com]
“Trenton”, which was released Oct. 4 by Plexus Publishing, Inc., merges mystery, history and a range of human emotions in a riveting story set right here in central New Jersey.
In the first part, the Harts of Hopewell work with Franklin, Washington and other staunch patriots to secure freedoms for a fledging America as they try to hold the family together. The story then shifts to modern-day Trenton, where Luis Alma fights to preserve the integrity of the city in the face of political upheaval.
The book stands on its own merits and should be read. It is interesting to note how the authors’ creative and intellectual passions infuse the novel with a fervor rarely expressed for our beleaguered capital city.
John Calu and David Hart are Jersey boys, with backgrounds that reflect the unique nature of this complex state. Mr. Calu grew up around the corner from Sam (The Judge) Alito in the working class neighborhood of Mercerville. Mr. Hart of Ewing is descended from John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. But don’t peg them too quickly as a stereotype of their neighborhoods. Individually, they are multifaceted men, together, a talented duo.
William Mastrosimone, Trenton’s famous playwright, offers a cover tribute that acknowledges that “Calu and Hart have brought a vital piece of our national memory back and combined it with a modern uplifting tale” that is “as compelling as any blockbuster movie … Bravo!”
This reader concurs that with “Trenton,” John Calu and Dave Hart have succeeded with meeting their objectives of entertaining and educating readers about the run- up to the Revolutionary War as well as politics and culture in Trenton today. But “enlightening” folks in and outside of Trenton about the beauty of the city and her history can come only if readers find and embrace the novel.
Toward meeting that goal, John and Dave are “on the road” this fall with appearances at Trump Marina in Atlantic City, the Collingswood Book Expo, at the festival in Historic Whitesbog Village with their old Pine Barren pals, as well as locally at Classics Bookstore in Trenton and at the Princeton Public Library Nov. 1.
Ever loyal to Trenton, they are doing benefits for the Trenton Public Library, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, The Old Barracks Museum, and the Benjamin Temple House in Ewing, and they will be featured during Patriots Week in December.
Read more at BOOK NOTES: Trenton — The Novel at CentralJersey.com.