DANIEL: THE AGE OF DISSOLUTION
Friesen Press (2019)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (1/2020)
“Daniel: The Age of Dissolution,” is the fourth book in the Daniel series by Peter Pactor. In this story, we follow Daniel as he continues to try and warn people about the upcoming Great Depression. The year is 1929, and Daniel is thirteen years old. He continues to travel with his father and friends as they visit places for him to speak and helping people who have lost everything. The direness of the stock market crash puts him in grave danger because there are people that blame him for the downfall of the economy. Daniel finds himself shot at more than once and comes under attack from a professor who is constantly trying to discredit him. On more positive notes, Daniel is granted a doctorate in Economics from Columbia University. This helps establish his credibility and opens more opportunities for him to spread his knowledge. His cause continues.
I really enjoyed reading “Daniel: The Age of Dissolution.” It is the second book that I have read in the Daniel series. The author does a fantastic job of combining fiction with real history during the 1920s. I love that he incorporates real historical figures into the story. This not only makes it more genuine, but it also sparks the reader’s interest and I often found myself looking up more information about these people. I think that this series should be enjoyed by teens and young adults. It would be an excellent required reading choice for a history or economics course. Young readers will be able to learn about the stock market crash and the Great Depression through the eyes of Daniel, the protagonist. This would be an excellent way for teens to learn.
Personally, I really enjoy the author’s writing style. I love to watch the development of the characters play out. In some cases, certain characters initially appear bad, however, as their story unfolds, we realize that they are just desperate for help. In other cases, as with the professor, we see a rapid decline as the man finds himself unable to accept that a thirteen-year-old could have more knowledge about the stock market than him. The inclusion of this man adds more of an interesting dramatic touch.
“Daniel: The Age of Dissolution,” by Peter Pactor is highly recommended reading and I look forward to reading more books in this series.