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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: KBY Books (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974533831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974533834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,860,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Author Question & Answer: Who do you consider the hero of Freeborn?

First off, I believe there’s more than one, and depending on the day, you could choose any of them as the predominant hero in the novel. Woody James struggles throughout the book to do good and heroic deeds, but is not accepted because of who his father was. Sylvia Jane Landsford is the only member of the community who has enough backbone to put Jesse in his place, and she fights like a badger for her son; there’s a measure of heroism in those deeds, even if she does it from a bordello’s balcony. Audrey May Nater, the Mayor’s daughter, ... it’s hard not to include her in that description either.

From the Inside Flap

"Nobody likes me. Everybody hates me. I’m gonna eat a worm." ... Jesse James, circa 1878, or so he supposedly claimed.

Nobody in Freeborn, South Dakota likes the illegitimate son of notorious outlaw Jesse James despite the fact that he is nothing like his pop, until Woody proves, one and for all, that he is a true western hero.

Freeborn, a Tale of the Wild West’s Most Unlikely Hero, is a novel that combines the comedy and western with rare aplomb. With the ribald humor of Blazing Saddles added to the whimsy and spirit of the Princess Bride, Jeff Peterman has loosened the grip of the old west with a fictional fable of raucous nights that would make Deadwood proud, the grasp of family heritage on the next generation, and the power of love to change a prairie landscape, or at least the non-bandit portion of the wild west. Freeborn, ... Deadwood and Tombstone, but with a sense of humor.


More About the Author

Jeff Peterman was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Albright College. He currently makes his home is suburban Philadelphia. Freeborn is Jeff Peterman's first published novel. Upcoming fiction titles include the science fiction thriller Gazing, romantic comedy Potato Fame, and the comedy spoof Running Sage.

Prior to writing fiction, his previous writing and editing included credits in the fields of nonfiction, screenplay adaptation, and standup comedy. This work included screenplay contribution to the Peter Stark Graduate Producer's Program at the U.S.C. School of Cinema-Television and comedy performed by Spanky on Star Search and Jay Leno at the Tonight Show.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By applejax on March 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Freeborn is a fantastically anomalous electronic tome. With prodigious determination, Peterman aspires to create a comedic masterpiece set in the bizarre town of Freeborn. This assemblage of prose pages progresses in an unremitting stream of adjectives interspersed with the occasional noun or obligatory verb. Contemporary familiarities pepper the vast expanse of ramblings and rolling decrees. Endeavoring to capture the Wild West in an extemporaneous style, Peterman amalgamates the existent and nonexistent. Freeborn witnesses the Swiss and Wesson debut before Smith and Wesson arrived on the scene, Fredericks of Deadwood supplies lingerie for concubines, and dead-beat dads premiere in full-style. If embellished linguistics and slapstick jesting pique your curiosity, then perchance you would revel in this innovative digest. I received my copy of Freeborn as a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flfostermom on February 21, 2013
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I really liked this book. Freeborn was about the illegitimate son of outlaw and bank robber Jesse James. Set in Freeborn, South Dakota in the late 1800's, this book is a western novel with a bit of a twist. Great detail goes into the backstory between Jesse James and Sylvia Jane along with the upbringing of Woody(their son) and his various experiences. Somewhat comical in nature, and definitely not as boring as a traditional western novel, I would definitely recommend. I really liked the detail that the author puts into describing the events that take place in Freeborn and the people themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Les on November 5, 2012
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Be sure to read the editorial reviews of this humorous take on a western novel. They were descriptive and on target. The story is well written, even though with many overly long sentences, and filled with wry humor and various figures of speech. The story delivered what was promised and if you are in the mood for a humorous Western, you will probably like it.
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