In Episode 1, A Sandwich For Colonel Roosevelt, a 103-year-old Rayford recounts, in his own voice, the story of how as an eighteen-year-old he went to Cuba with Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and witnessed the famous battle for San Juan Heights, a tale that reveals several truths that have been omitted from most histories. It is a fast-paced yarn that can be read in one sitting, and will leave the reader yearning for more.
With his urbane character Rayford Hollis, Tom Bernstein expertly hooks the reader from the first paragraph. His stories offer historical fiction readers a chance to engage in their favorite pastime of taking in a well told story with familiar characters who's stories we think we know but who benefit from the imagination of a clever writer to tease out the most revealing details. I look forward to reading the rest of the stories to see where Ray and his sandwiches end up next.
-Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs