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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.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing; Unabridged edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162079246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620792469
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By nmcarol on February 2, 2012
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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 By KGRapport on February 3, 2012
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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 By 4theKids on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NYRed on February 21, 2012
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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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alisan on April 1, 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aunee on April 15, 2014
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Keyes on February 21, 2013
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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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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful By J&KN in NC on 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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