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Tosca Lee

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Works by Tosca Lee

Forbidden (2011) 677 copies
Mortal (2012) 430 copies
Sovereign (2013) 321 copies
Demon: A Memoir (2007) 275 copies
The Line Between (2019) 238 copies
Iscariot: A Novel of Judas (2013) 199 copies
Havah (2010) 196 copies
The Progeny (2016) 158 copies
The Keeper (2011) 136 copies
A Single Light (2019) 69 copies
Firstborn (2017) 46 copies


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Lee, Tosca Moon
Places of residence
Fremont, Nebraska, USA
Short biography
Tosca Lee (born December 1, 1969) is a bestselling American author known for her historical novels and thrillers.

Lee was born in Roanoke, Virginia, United States to a Korean father and Caucasian American mother. Her father, Professor Emeritus Sang Moon Lee, who had early aspirations of an opera career, named Tosca for his favorite Puccini opera.

As a young classically trained ballerina and pianist Lee pursued an early career in dance until injuries derailed hopes of a successful career.

Lee received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in English language and literature. She also studied international economics at Oxford University. While at Smith, Lee wrote her first novel—a story of the Stonehenge people of Salisbury plain (unpublished).

She began writing professionally in 1992 for Smart Computing Magazine, during which time she co-authored two computer books. In the 1990s, Lee held two pageant titles, Mrs. Nebraska America 1996 and Mrs. Nebraska United States 1998, and placed first runner-up to Mrs. United States. For her philanthropic work and advocacy of health, women's, children's, ethnic, and cultural groups, she was awarded an admiralship of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by then-governor Ben Nelson. During this time she wrote as a freelancer and penned the majority of her second novel (unpublished).

After setting the pageant world aside, she went to work in 2003 for the Gallup Organization as a senior consultant to Fortune 500 companies.



It was a fun story, but in my opinion not as good as the first one, The Line Between. This book felt very one sided (all Wynter) and the characters were flat. Some of the action that drove the plot seemed contrived.
joyjannotti | 7 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The Long March Home tells the story of three childhood friends who joined the army before World War 2 and found themselves later as prisoners of war in the Pacific theater. The story is told with flashbacks to their growing up in the American South before the war interspersed with their time in the war.

I have been interested in World War 2 for some time, but I wasn’t very versed in the army experience in the Pacific, and even less in the POW experience. The characters go through the Bataan Death March and go through the horrific torture imposed by their Japanese captors. They draw on faith, love for their comrades, and inner courage to survive one of the most horrific war crimes in history.

I consider it a form of gratitude to read about the experience of veterans like these men and to appreciate—even from afar and indirectly—their sacrifice and service. These soldiers were real people, with families, dreams, histories, and futures (all too often cut short by death) before they joined or were sent to fight to save the world from evil.

Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee did a good job bringing their characters to life without simplifying or patronizing the memory of the experiences of the men they were based on.

I recommend this to anyone interested in the Pacific experience in the Second World War.
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gpaisley | 31 other reviews | Jan 15, 2024 |
Very entertaining book. Loved the characters and the romance with Claire. The actual writing wasn't brilliant by any means, but the plot/story was very entertaining and it was a fun, quick, read that kept me wanting to continue. Definitely something good to say about a book like this.
Zach-Rigo | 31 other reviews | Dec 30, 2023 |
This is the third and final book in the Books of Mortals series, and it was my favorite by far. The first two were good, but I did finish them thinking "That was it?" I loved that Jordin was the protagonist in this volume, and identified with her struggle, bitterness, and doubt. Of course, the story-telling was wonderful, as I expected from Dekker and Lee. This is worth the read!
RachelRachelRachel | 4 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |



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