Besides the intriguing storyline of our founding father suffering an early death, there are also integrated historical lessons and morals in the story of Washington’s Providence by Chris LaFata. LaFata is effective in delivering compelling mysteries with multiple layers to draw in the reader. In other words, he knows how to properly manage the flow of the book’s narrative. The only time the author was simply dealing with facts and figures was at the beginning of the book, however, it was necessary to set the scene of the novel. The most interesting part was the status of the main character, John Curry. You would expect the character to be a sort of a famous billionaire or philosopher, but he was just an ordinary person in the present day. There is also an ongoing sense of suspense, as the solving of each problem leads to the arising of a new one.
Chris LaFata holds a degree in education, which makes it somewhat unsurprising that he chose to write in the genre of historical fiction. He also knows how to seamlessly integrate US history into his writing. The chronology of the story correlates with the chronological order of events in history. It ables the readers to better relate the fiction to what is taught to them in schools. Although LaFata does not have any other published books, Washington’s Providence ends in a cliffhanger, hinting that a sequel is in the making. This adds intrigue and appeals to ethos, ensuring the reader that the story has been planned thoroughly.
Upon researching LaFata, his social media and profiles revealed a more liberal viewpoint, as well as a background in music. The liberalist attitude can also be realized in the attitudes of the characters. For example, John Curry appears to not be extremely wealthy and needs a job to continue living his life. He jumps at the opportunity of a job for the sole reason that it pays well. This stipulates that he possesses a more individualistic way of thinking, rather than a focus on humanistic self-growth.
Washington’s Providence delivered on its promise to be an informative yet entertaining piece of work. The author’s use of chronology allows the reader to better comprehend the storyline. The relatability of John helps the reader feel more represented in the story, increasing the audience’s engagement. The best part of this novel what’s the deep integration of history into an otherwise science fiction novel. Chris LaFata has done an exceptional job of combining information and entertainment, and almost everyone who reads the book is looking forward to the sequel.