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The Web of Humanity: A Novel by Maria Turchin – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Web of Humanity: A NovelThe Web of Humanity: A Novel by Maria Turchin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anna Venu is a woman with a loving family, but one who holds many secrets, as she has grown up, she has realised that her grandmother didn’t want to share anything about her past as she lived her life travelling from Austria to Berlin and finally to the USA, she didn’t even tell her husband anything, she just acted as if it didn’t matter and nobody really pressed her, at least until one day just before she passed away when Anna asked her and she only told a snippet of a story about how she loved the zoo in Berlin, especially the zebra’s and how one saved her life during WWII when it blocked her from an artillery shell and losing it’s life in the process. However, a year later when she is feeling restless and nearly involved in an accident, she decides to go and visit her grandfather, he was a Seaman in the Navy and had written his story down in a book about how he survived a U-Boat attack and how he ended up meeting his wife, which Anna often revisited when she had the chance, however, on this particular day, he shows her a card with writing on the back addressed to her grandmother and a photograph which she always kept at her bedside, this is the starting point of a journey of discovery where Anna uses her pre-law training, her tenacity and determination to discover her grandmothers hidden past.

Anna is given access to some funds and decides to travel across the world to Austria and start at the beginning in the town of Sankt Gilgen in Austria where she goes to start to find out about her roots, this is when she realises that she has more family that she could have imagined as her search leads her to an old woman with a very detailed and large family tree and a story of why her grandmother distanced herself from them, it turns out that she fell in love with a soldier and refused to return to the family home after he tragically was killed in the war, instead deciding to become a nurse and stay in Berlin where she had gone to look for him.The next day when Anna shows the picture she brought with her, it turns out that it is a bit of a mystery as to why she didn’t look the same as in her portrait on the family tree, so Anna decides to go to Vienna where there is a military museum and try to get some more information about one of the men in the picture. When she gets there, she is rebuffed by a bored receptionist and then pointed in the right direction by a helpful security guard and meets the ex director of the museum, she asks for his help, however, it is not his area of expertise, but he knows someone whose it is. As Anna is put into contact with the next professor, she finds that she has to travel to Berlin and try and figure things out after their meeting, but she is passed onto a student as the professor hasn’t the time to deal with her request.

In this next stage of her journey, Anna finds out more about the people in the photograph, however, there is another mystery to solve when they are identified, they are not who she thought they were and so the next piece of the puzzle has to be sought and this leads her on a merry chase and discoveries which she would never have believed. Will she find out her grandmother’s past, or will it die with her when one lead after the other turns to nothing, or will what she discovers shake the very foundations of what Anna believed? This is a mystery with a historical basis which will challenge your perceptions, as well as teaching you about life at the time in the format of a thrilling mystery which will keep you intrigued throughout.

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Web Of Humanity: A Novel by Maria Turchin is a complex and detail led story that leads you on such a journey that you will be thinking about it for days afterwards. Once I had started this book I just could not put it down. I had no idea at all what to expect when I started it as this is a completely new author to me. What I got was a book so rich in detail and well developed that I got lost in it straight away. Everything about this book, from the storyline to the characters, was done just right. The book felt exciting and original. Even after it had finished I couldn’t stop thinking about it! This is utterly brilliant and I could not recommend it highly enough.

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Kayla Bullock

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Web of Humanity tells the story of Anna, who travels to Europe in order to solve a decades old family mystery. Full of history, mystery, and great characters, this is a must read story for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. The vivid descriptions and colorful characters make the story relatable, heartwrenching, and take the reader back in time. With unique story telling styles and talent, Maria Turchin has written a wonderful masterpiece.

One of the most enjoyable parts of the book is that for most chapters, the final sentence of a chapter is the first sentence of the next chapter. I enjoyed this as a good way to streamline the story. Anna is a very real person in the story, and the reader can feel her excitement, anguish, and determination throughout the entire story.

5 stars, must read!

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Stephanie Nicole

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Web of Humanity has a lot going on, needless to say that I was not expecting the wild adventure it took me on. Based on a true story The Web of Humanity goes from past to present flawlessly. While thought-provoking the things that The Web of Humanity makes us face aren’t exactly happy  items including racism, war, anger and more. But Ms. Turchin really makes her readers think with all of her different generations, and POV’s. This is my first read by Ms. Turchin, and she packed so much action, mystery, and more into her novel that I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin -Review by Kerry Carr

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really enjoyable read. It is wrote by a grand daughter who learns about her family’s past and their lives. The author does a great job of making the character relatable and captivating so you can’t help but feel part of their lives.

It was interesting to uncover secrets about the family and see how their lives and experiences all twist together building a Web that connects everyone.

Taking you on an adventure through different countries Anna needs to find out the history of her families past lives to help save her future.

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Angela Hayes

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Web of Humanity is the debut novel by Maria Turchin. It is an adventure story that is based on a true story. Jumping from past to present and back again- from WWII to the present day, this adventure has quite a lot going on. With history, mystery, secrets, political conspiracy, hidden agendas, danger, uncovering truths, drama, and more. This is a though-provoking story that examines the web of humanity and our inter-connectedness, while giving us several POV’s and spanning several generations and time periods- which gave me a great perspective of the story. The story leads us to examine aggression, racism, the abuse of power, and war.
This is a thought provoking story that raised some questions of my own to examine.
Looking forward to more from Ms. Turchin.

Thank you, Maria Turchin!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Amber Flory

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I had a physical copy of this book, I would shelve it next to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Go Down To Silence by G. K. Belliveau. I LOVED this book (with 1-2 exceptions mentioned at the end.) the story grabbed me and kept me with it. I agree with the author that sometimes we need to be reminded of the ugly in life. We need to remember and feel the ugly from the past to try to avoid it’s recurrence. We need to see the ugly in ourselves to stop it and change it. We also need to see the ugly around us to truly appreciate the beauty. I really loved this story, and the author delivered the story in a wonderful package, until the middle. The story has a very nice ending about 60% of the way through the book, and then the flow gets choppy. It felt like she chopped one book towards the end, plugged in a completely different story, and added the first ending back on after to try to tie them together. The second section is a different genre (action/adventure instead of historical fiction), and has a random stop in narrative to add in an unnecessary sex scene. if not for the strange flow and change of character, I would have readily given this book 5 stars! As it is, the story will stick with me and influence my decisions for life.

 

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Erica Shoebridge

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW! This was an epic saga of a novel! So much happened in this book, I don’t even know where to begin. The main character, Anna, goes on an adventure (guided in a way by her ancestors) to find out the truth about her grandmother’s life and the history of her bloodline through the 20th Century. So many great characters and mysteries to be solved. Anna is a natural sleuth, and uses her own knowledge, skill, and tenacity to track down the ghosts of her grandparents and great-grandparents. The plot was layered so well that I was very invested in Anna’s journey and all of the circumstances, lives, and loves of the past that brought her to discovering the truth about her grandmother and herself. A good portion of the plot takes place in WWII Europe, touching on WWI era and closer to the present. Do yourself a favour and READ THIS BOOK!

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Carly Vogler

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin is a well researched historical fiction novel. History can be lost in the generations, and I love how this story ties everything together. If you didn’t already know about your family’s history, this will make you want to know it ALL!

Anna discovers a family secret that changes everything. Now she is in danger. Can she get the truth out before it’s too late? Sometimes we have a hard time picturing that our relatives could have been a part of something bad. Can enemies last through time and be passed down the blood line? How can we hold a grudge against people who didn’t commit the crime?

Amazing novel to make you think!

Review by Carly Vogler

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Heidi Schoolman

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an Adventure novel and is 585 pages. This story follows Anna as she treks across Vienna, Paris, and Berlin to uncover a mystery that goes back to WWII. Her quest throws her right smack in the middle of a political conspiracy and she becomes the target. She now needs to find out the truth to stay alive. Will she be able to put the family secret to rest? This book has a little bit of everything, and you will not be able to put it down.

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