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The Devil's Elbow (The Brookfield Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2112 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Indian Rock Publishing (January 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQEFLMU
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A colonial historian and member of the Quaboag Historical Society and West Brookfield Historical Commission, award‐winning author Ed Londergan has always been fascinated by American history. He began researching the battles of King Philips's War and was amazed by what he found. He decided to bring history back to life through the eyes of Jack Parker, a young orphaned boy from Ipswich, and his passage into adulthood during a very dangerous and frightening time. The result was The Devil's Elbow (Indian Rock Publishing, 2013), which won an honorable mention in the juvenile fiction category at the 2013 New England Book Festival. Londergan's newest book, The Long Journey Home, continues the story with Jack Parker's capture and escape and his brutal trek home through the winter wilderness to the wife and son he loves beyond measure, so together, they can find the one place that is truly home. A graduate of Holy Cross, Londergan lives in Warren, Massachusetts with his wife Barbara.

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This is a gret story from the first to last page. The characters appear real and you will relate to their plight. If you like a story filled with adventure, romance and danger, this is for you.

Mr. Londergan really knows how to tell a story. I will definitely keep up with this author to see what else he has in store. A truly enjoyable read.
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Suspenseful, exciting, and interesting. We may think life is difficult now but imagine living with the constant life or death struggles of Colonial Massachusetts. I couldn't wait to find out how Jack and his family survived through each challenge.
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The Devil's Elbow moves along at a good pace; the characterizations are solid; the descriptions of colonial Massachusetts are accurate and most interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this coming-of-age historical account of settling Massachusetts in the second half of the 1600's. Since I live near some of the towns mentioned, the storyline is especially interesting to me.
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I enjoyed The Devil's Elbow as it detailed the life of the early settlers, their joys, their hardships, their fears, and their hopes. Several times I was familiar with the names of the indigenous tribes mentioned, a few times I enjoyed stopping to quickly research the location of an Nipmuck village.
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I am not sure I will ever drive through the towns and villages mentioned in this book again without vivid ideas of what life was like over 300 hundred years ago in these very same localities. As a former teacher, I should like to see this book used in Massachusetts schools to teach not only language arts but colonial New England history. This book is a winner.
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The vocabulary and phrasing in some parts of the book is out of time with the period and level of education of the characters, but I did not find that too distracting. I saw one mention to "canning" food. If I am not mistaken, canning was not invented until Napoleon's army needed a way to preserve food over 150 years after the period in The Devil's Elbow. All the other historical references, however, were right on target and brought the book to life for me. I recommend this book as light, enjoyable reading, especially for young adults.
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Exciting and excellent! Mr. Londergan really knows how to tell a story. Can't wait to see more from him! A highly recommended read.
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This is definitely a novel with a large impact on the reader. Londergan takes a very touchy subject and turns it into a unique novel that leaves you reeling, thinking, and thanking your lucky stars for what we have today. He also brings to light the fact that war, in any form or at any point in history, affects each individual involved.

Londergan's writing is so seamless that you never have to take your mind off of the storyline to figure out what he's trying to say. All descriptions and narrative are worked right into the storyline to create an aura of reality and permanence in this work. It is also written completely in the first person, a technique that when mastered as well as Londergan has immerses the reader directly into the trials and joys facing the main character.

The characters in this novel are very interesting. They are well developed and allow you to join in their lives along with the community in which they live. You want to see them succeed and achieve their life goals, regardless of how far they are from what we would expect today. The supporting characters are also quite uniquely developed. Londergan provides them with all of the characteristics necessary to become real people and members of the community, along with additional things that make them who they are.

As a whole this was a very intriguing look at the time period and the western expansion in the continental United States. Everything was spot on and wrapped up in a very heart-warming, yet heart wrenching story of the lives of a young couple attempting to succeed in a very rough climate.

Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review
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The Devil's Elbow is very well written and, as other reviewers have already pointed out, it successfully brings to life the early European colonisation of North America. The level of day-to-day detail in the book plus the generally plausible dialogue (which manages to add to rather than detract from the story) is excellent and makes it worth reading just for these two aspects.

So, why am I the odd one out (so far) in that I don't give it 5 stars? I DID enjoy it and I WOULD read more of the author's books but what put me off is that the editing was just a bit scruffy in places, particularly towards the end. That could be down to any one of a number of things but (for me) it just slightly marred the pacy nature of the story (I don't want to include spoilers here).

I also felt that it was slightly overlong for the storyline and there were chunks in the middle which could have been taken out to the benefit of the piece. I'd have liked to know more about the Indian's culture, too.

I admit that this is all a bit on the nit-picky side. If I could, I'd give it 4-and-a-bit stars but it would be just below 4-and-a-half and I can't do fractions so I've rounded it down.

My overall message should be clear - go ahead and read The Devil's Elbow.
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