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on October 21, 2012
It was my own fault....looking for a book about Packer, but didn't see that this book is FICTION. Why anyone would want to read a fictional portrayal of a real person, I can't say (On the other hand, that would be the ONLY way to make George Bush II seem intelligent).
I actually read three chapters before I realized this was crap. It did surprise me that a mountain man from the 1800's could write so well, but I kept reading.
Then I read Packer's claim that he had sailed on the Mary Celeste. AHA! THEN I turned the book around to see that it was all make believe. Yes, it was my fault. That said, if you enjoy untrue crap about real people, buy this book. If you think the tabloids report real news, you'll love this book.
My point is, I believe a "Forest Gump"-type story would be entertaining, IF the protagonist was an obvious fictional character. Since there is so little good information out there about Packer, why waste time writing a completely fictional account? Because he was a "bad" guy? What would the reviews be like for a fictional portrayal of Abraham Lincoln as a child molester? Or Martin Luther King as a wife beater? Or Mother Theresa as a prostitute?