Book Review: And Tyler No More
Updated: Mar 23
And Tyler No More was written by Stan Haynes and published in 2021. You can purchase it on Amazon/Kindle, and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.
American history can sometimes conjure up "what if" scenarios and one such moment in our historical political past was during the presidency of John Tyler. He ascended to the high office, as vice president, after President William Harrison died in April of 1841. As a member of the Whig Party, he was a strong supporter of states rights and of slavery. He was also a proponent of the annexation of Texas, which, at the time, would increase the institution of slavery.
Enter the idea of assassinating Tyler and stemming the spread of slavery; and you now introduce into the story Monty Tolliver, a top aid to Senator Henry Clay- who also rebelled against Tyler after the president sought to bypass the Whig establishment. Monty teams up with a naval officer friend of his, Ben Geddis and together they launch a plot to kill Tyler. This story is very compelling and it brings into view several historical figures and it begs the question: What can a few do to advance the cause of morality and what does it mean to be human?
Historical fiction is great because it can teach as well as entertain. We, as a nation, now live in very turbulent and troubling times and sometimes when we look back, we can learn a great deal about who we are and who we were. What we soon realize is: Our time of trouble and moral reasoning isn't uncommon to the ones who lived before us. We'll continue to seek out a moral compass.
Stan Haynes has all the right literary tools, along with a prolific and an astute imagination, to become one of the best in this genre. And Tyler No More is a must read.
I give And Tyler No More 5 out of 5 stars.
Stan Haynes is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #112 on April 4, 2022