Legacy and Destiny

Aparna Balakrishnan
Legacy and Destiny

by J. Michael Reibenbach
and Dana K. Drenkowski

        Legacy and Destiny, by J. Michael Reidenbach and Dana K. Drenkowski started out with an interesting, suspenseful narration of a plane in trouble. Human emotions were tumultuous, with thoughts turning to death, to survival. That was in the first chapter of this novel; unfortunately, there was not enough of the same suspense and intrigue following the first chapter to keep the reader’s interest.
         The novel slowly lopes through the life of Senator Elizabeth Armstrong following the plane crash that kills her husband. The story only became really interesting towards the end of the novel, when political intrigue and conspiracy come into play. The “enemy” idea is good, but it’s played upon too little. Maybe more could have been done with the investigation, the threats, the suspense--anything to keep the reader’s interest. Instead, it concentrates for too long on the relationship that develops between Elizabeth and a reporter, Jack Bradshaw.
         I would think that since Senator Armstrong, a woman, is running for President later in the novel, the issues concerning women versus men would come into play quite a bit, but this angle was hardly touched upon, and I thought that was disappointing. I know it’s got to be harder than the authors make it seem.
         I really like the idea that the novel’s protagonist is a woman who runs for president--something I feel should happen soon in reality. I wish that the novel had gone on to show what, as president, Elizabeth Armstrong would have done.
         It seems as though the authors weren’t sure themselves how she would have conducted herself in office. Maybe if one of the authors had been a woman, the novel wouldn’t have ended where and how it did.
         You have to wonder why it took twomen to write this book!

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This story was published on August 2, 2000.