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Beast of the Field [Kindle Edition]

Peter Drake
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Based on a true story.

In 1920's Kansas, the mangled body of champion buggy racer Tommy Donnan has been discovered tangled up underneath his carriage, dragged to his death by his own horse. His twelve-year-old sister, Millie, does not believe his death was an accident. She wants to know the truth behind the night Tommy died. But with her mother given over to grief, her father to fate, and her only surviving brother a shell of himself since returning from The Great War, Millie will have to seek this truth alone.

Enter Charlie Sterno: the grim, glum, hard-drinking Pinkerton detective with a nose for murder. He lets himself get too close to Millie, so close that finding her brother's killer becomes personal. It is then up to the young girl and the outsider to negotiate the murderous Klan underbelly of small town America to find justice.

But Tommy's killer may be closer than Millie would have ever believed. And the solemn promise she made to her brother never to reveal his last secret to anyone means Sterno will have to get to the truth the hard way.

The hardest way.

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About the Author

Peter Jordan Drake was born and raised in Kansas and Texas. He lives in New York City with his family, where he works in education. In the tradition of continuing oral histories, the story behind Beast of the Field was handed down to Peter from his grandmother, her sister Ada, Peter s parents and many aunts and uncles. Through family albums, genealogy records and local newspapers, the story that gave birth to Beast of the Field was passed on to a new generation. Beast of the Field is Peter s first novel and has sold over 30,000 print and electronic copies worldwide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477604715
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Peter Drake (June 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BC4ECE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a wonderful story! February 2, 2012
By TxCarol
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It's hard to find a book that just tells a good story, but, for those looking for one, this is it. We have a love story, a war story, a mystery, a family that includes a young girl reminiscent of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. and to wrap it up a satisfying ending that leaves you thinking. A really good read. I highly recommend it...what a bargain!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than pleasantly surprised! February 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
You never know what to expect from a first novel, but Peter Drake is a truly talented writer and captivating storyteller. This is one of those rare novels where truth surpasses fiction with a superb sense of human drama. The main characters are perfectly flawed and I fell completely in love with each one of them! This story is beautifully written, original, thought provoking, haunting, heartbreaking, and simple -- but not simplistic, with deep meaningful undertones -- it has it all! Well worth the read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Story February 2, 2012
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Definitely recommend it. It's rare to find an intelligent mystery that doesn't follow the same old formula. This novel combines the best aspects of a historical novel with a suspenseful thriller, and wraps it all up with characters that you won't forget.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Life in raw April 1, 2013
By Alisan
Format:Kindle Edition
I think much in this book is true to life, but it is a bit raw for me. The violence, heartache, language and knowledge that things would not get any better led me eventually to skip the suffering and just head to the last couple of chapters for closure, such as it was.
Drake is a talented author and can make you almost smell the scenery. But life is tough enough for me without having to wade through it in my free time, too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end February 21, 2012
By NYRed
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You know you are reading a good book, when you are half way through and realize you do not really want it to end, even though you want to know the outcome. This is one of those books. A wonderful read, full of characters that come to life out of the pages. So many story lines and narrators that work beautifully together. I think it would make a great film as well!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good historical fiction mystery. April 15, 2014
By aunee
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I love the main character in this book. She's a feisty, potty-mouthed mess of a 12 year old girl, desperate to find the truth behind the death of her older brother, Tommy. The story started off a little slow for me, but quickly drew me in after the first chapter. Charlie Sterno is the Pinkerton man hired by Millie's family, the Donnan's, to investigate Tommy's "accidental" death. Charlie has a bit of a drinking problem, but is a good guy trying to deal with the loss of his wife and newborn baby. Great cast of characters, but was disappointed by the sad ending. I do recommend this book to those of you who like historical fiction and mysteries.
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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusingly told story August 5, 2012
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I couldn't believe all the positive reviews after I finally finished reading this poorly edited book. It is full of errors, not all of which are typos, such as the one where a character was trying to explain how Millie's brother was killed when no one had seen it happen. He said that his account was only "congestion." There were other cases where the wrong word was used as well. I don't understand why Kindle readers have to accept that Kindle books are often not edited at all, but it is very irritating to find books as loaded with errors as this one is.

Also, it was very hard to get caught up by any of the characters, as they are all seriously flawed. I thought I would really like 11-year-old Millie because she was so spunky, but her trashy mouth was a big turn-off. Sterno (the Pinkerton detective) was a serious alcoholic, while the romantic couple were caricatures of Romeo and Juliet, and they never quit emoting.

Finally, each chapter switched from one character and one time period to another, and I just got so confused that I was unable to follow the story. I would much have preferred a more straight-forward time line. The last few chapters of everyone running around during a tornado provided an almost absurd solution to the murder. I know that writing a novel is not easy, but because this author doesn't seem to care enough to proofread/edit his work, I cannot recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I actually got this book when it was listed as a free Kindle book, so I wasn't expecting much. Just a few pages in, I was absolutely enthralled.. I couldn't put the book down and wanted to know what happened, but I dreaded reaching the end. Peter Jordan Drake weaves an amazing story, telling the lives of these characters that are so intertwined by both chance and fate. He has a very clean and simple way of writing, as well-- descriptive in a way that is immediately clear and without a lot of un-necessary flourishes. It fits this dry and dusty landscape, and the flawed but absolutely redeeming characters that inhabit it. I highly recommend this book.. I only wish it wasn't his first novel, so I could continue reading more of his work right now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a powerful story told with true artistry
This is a novel that is sculpted so carefully. Every element - the characters, the environment, the objects, the emotions, the trajectory -- is so true and meaningful; and... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Richard Weissberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare meets the prairie
I thoroughly enjoyed every word.
Drake has a gift for developing characters and bringing them to life.
The many layers of mystery unfold until the end.
Published 1 month ago by Nessmuk
4.0 out of 5 stars Beast of the Field
Very seldom to I stay up late reading a book because it's got me so into the story but this book was one that does. Great story. Interesting characters. I recommend this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pamela Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book was an amazing read, one of those books that you do not want to put down and I am sure that I will read it again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ladonna Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down after I ...
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down after I started it. Reading each page got me closer and closer to what I needed to know and the story developed in an... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars really liked it
A great read. Well done. Like the stories within the story. Recommend to murder mystery fans. Will look for more books from this author
Published 9 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Historical Fiction
Set in Kansas, in 1922, Beast of the Field includes almost all that is necessary for a good, fast read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by James B.
4.0 out of 5 stars "H-y"
Where do I start? Wow, I loved this book. I "was there." The author depicted so well with the sense of place; I was transplanted to 1920s' Kansas. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing at its Best
Drake is a natural writer, and this book is just fine. A great tale a la Grisham. Other reviewers have made summaries of the story, so I won't bother. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Thomas E. Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find
Not at all what title might lead you to believe. Told by an eleven year old, book details finding out how her older brother died the night of a tornado. Won t disappoint you
Published 14 months ago by virgi
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