Book Title: The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 541 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Leather Apron Press
Release date: January 2021
Format available for review: print (Internationally), ebook (gifted Kindle, epub)
Tour dates: Mar 29 to Apr 9, 2021
Content Rating: PG-13. There is mild (romantic) sexual content and very mild profanity.
1776: Benjamin Franklin sails to Paris, carrying a copy of the Declaration of Independence, freshly signed. His charge: gain the support of France for the unfolding American Revolution. Yet Paris is a city of distractions. Ben’s lover, Marianne Davies, will soon arrive, and he yearns to rekindle his affair with the beautiful musician.
Dr. Franz Mesmer has plans for Marianne too. He has taken Parisian nobility by storm with his discovery of magnétisme animale, a mysterious force claimed to heal the sick. Marianne’s ability to channel Mesmer’s phenomena is key to his success.
A skeptical King Louis XVI appoints Ben to head a commission investigating the astonishing magnétisme animale. By nature, Ben requires proof. Can he scientifically prove that it does not exist? Mesmer will stop at nothing to protect his profitable claim.
Steve Gnatz is a writer, physician, bicyclist, photographer, traveler, and aspiring ukulele player. The son of a history professor and a nurse, it seems that both medicine and history are in his blood. Writing historical fiction came naturally. An undergraduate degree in biology was complemented by a minor in classics. After completing medical school, he embarked on an academic medical career specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There was little time for writing during those years, other than research papers and a technical primer on electromyography. Now retired from the practice of medicine, he devotes himself to the craft of fiction. The history of science is of particular interest, but also the dynamics of human relationships. People want to be good scientists, but sometimes human nature gets in the way. That makes for interesting stories. When not writing or traveling, he enjoys restoring Italian racing bicycles at home in Chicago with his wife and daughters.
The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz was a well written book that really captured the time period while also taking me on quite the plot filled journey. I really liked how the author made the characters realistic, yet also made a story that held my attention. It was a great read!