Vango’s search for the truth of his identity continues, leading him on dangerous escapades across World War II–era Europe and New York City.
Vango experienced devastating losses in Vango (2014): the abduction of his surrogate mother and the horrific discovery of how his birth parents were killed by a man from the small Italian town where he was raised. But he also formed lasting bonds with men and women of great integrity whose lives became dedicated to restoring human morality as the crushing brutality of the war began. In this continuation, Vango alternates between using those connections to further his own quest for truth and justice for his parents and forfeiting his search in favor of aiding his friends’ continued attempts at making the world safer. Wartime atrocities provide a dark backdrop for this story, and Vango’s own personal sacrifices and examinations of his desire for vengeance make this novel more pensive than the first installment. Few characters are left unscathed, and while traditional adventure readers may find this disappointing, it will also resonate as honest. And though several intriguing figures from the first novel seem a bit overlooked, this sequel is characterized by the same beautiful writing and intricate plotting that made the first so gripping.
Mournful at times but also illuminated with moments of humanity and grace: a worthy sequel. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)