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Set In 1926, during the height of Prohibition, it tells the story of Tashan Zho, an alien scientist sent to the primitive planet Earth on a rescue mission only to be caught in the middle of a turf war between infamous mobster Jack "Legs" Diamond and a fictional bootlegger Major Mike Kelly. Kelly is the leader of a gang of World War One veterans selling bootleg whiskey after the war. Zho soon learns that Kelly is the key to completing his mission.
Meticulously researched the fictional characters interact with actual historical figures such as Jack "Legs" Diamond, Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey, and World War One heroine Edith Cavell. By setting several important plot points at the infamous Craig Colony, the author seeks to shine a light on the human rights abuses that occurred there in the early Twentieth century.
"....as exciting as an old-time thriller, with gun-wielding big shots, intense rivalries, and the perfect wildcard character."
- Independent Book Review
"A rip-roaring blend of space opera, history, and fantasy, this is entertainment at it's best...A must-read!
-The Prairies Book Reviews
"It's been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It's a well-written sci-fi fantasy with perfect pacing."
-Emerald Book Reviews
"Historical and sports fiction readers will fly through this book..."
-Independent Book Review
"It Gives You Strength by Philip Raymond Brown is a brilliantly written and richly descriptive novel with richly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves a well-crafted Sci-Fi Fantasy that's packed to the rafters with plenty of mystery, action and adventure. Skillfully constructed, this exciting and energetic novel will have you turning the pages from beginning to end."
"Emerald Book Review"