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The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo

REISS, TOM

If you enjoy stories about unlikely heroes, you are sure to like Black Count. It tells the story of forgotten war military leader Alex Dumas—not the famous French author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, but his father. While author Alexandre Dumas has been praised for his writing throughout generations, his father, who inspired those stories, has been largely forgotten.

Thomas-Alexandre Dumas came from a broken family. Having been sold to slavery by his own father, he worked hard to buy his freedom, and then started an unstoppable pursuit of success. He joined the French army and fought with distinction in many battles, working his way up in rank to become general. Soldiers who fought under his command respected Dumas very much and were enthralled by his leadership.

The stories written by Alex's son are very interesting on their own, but knowing more about their inspirational source makes them even more exciting. It was interesting to find out that there was some sort of truth to the tales I've read and watched. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read any of Alexandre Dumas' books. It will make you like them even more!

By Anna Semakula
Submitted: April 2, 2013