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Sherman's Eagle (Volume 1) Paperback – June 15, 2012
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- The Sacramento Bee
"This is one of those books where the plot twists are earned; it is hard to put the book down when you pick it up. You'll want to toss it at the nearest fire a few times, but then you make the mistake of opening it up again. It is also great to have an actually reluctant hero, who is on the cusp of being forced to participate in the quest, and yet wants to see it to the end. This is a great book, and you will love reading it."
-San Francisco Book Review
"Blankenship's attention to detail is rewarding. His use of bits of lesser-known Sacramento history helps the story move along but doesn't dry out the momentum, something first time authors often do without realizing.This is a perfect book for summer reading."
-Christine Gillespie, Rabbit Creek Journal
About the Author
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A Sacramento native, Blankenship currently resides in his hometown with his loving wife, Lori, and two young children, Jack and Aly. Sherman's Eagle is his first foray into fiction and took five years to research, write and edit.
Top Customer Reviews
Enjoy Sherman's Eagle for its homages to yesteryear, a vivacious cast of characters employing fist-pumping quantities of moxie and youthful verve, and an overlapping appreciation for history that renders this more than a fun read, but a smart one as well.
Devin has set the bar so high for himself. If he decides to do a second book, I will be sure to pick it up. Great book. Can't wait for the movie!!!
There were a number of aspects I enjoyed about the novel:
- It is always a challenge to develop characters in a plot driven novel. It's a difficult balance - too much detail and the plot becomes sluggish, not enough detail and one doesn't care about the characters or the outcome. The author does a nice job balancing his efforts. Kal is a most likeable protagonist with some baggage. It is always a good sign when one wants to know more about the characters and their relationship (i.e Kal and Elle). The relationships evolve with credibility. The dialogue and situations are believable. I especially enjoyed how Kal and Bennie's relationship evolved over the course of the novel.
- The author did a nice job balancing historical information with the plot. I was enthralled about the historical significance of the information and yet anxious to continue to see how the story unfolded. I have spent considerable time in Atlanta and Sacramento and I was pleased with the author's attention to detail and the way he weaved historical and geographic facts into the texture of the story. In addition, I learned a great deal.
- The crux to any mystery - historical or contemporary - is does the plot keep moving? Is it believable? Does it have enough twists and turns and occasional surprises? The author does a very credible job. There are significant plot developments (surprises) in the beginning of the mystery and they continue throughout. These developments actually enhance the novel.Read more ›
The interesting backstory of this book and how it became to be published can be found on the ShermansEagle website. That, too, is an interesting tale. I had no idea of the difficulties of getting works published and into the hands of the general public. Also, Blankenship details how the idea of the book came about: "I had initially decided to write a novel back in 2006 using underground Sacramento as the main component, building the story out from there. Unsure of where to begin, I began researching the history of the city and happened to stumble upon Sherman's Memoirs, in which he described living in Northern California and joining a team of engineers hired by John Sutter, Jr. to survey downtown Sacramento in the 1850's. It's not a common known fact, and people still raise their eyebrows when I mention it."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fact and fiction, woven together seamlessly. Make no mistake...this is a work of fiction. But there is just enough fact to send you to Google to find out if "this" is... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Nancy D.
Extremely entertaining book and I found myself having trouble putting the book down which resulted in me finishing the book in 3 days. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Timmy B
Well researched fiction novel that moves with a quick, exciting pace. Good story, good character development and plenty of surprises. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by James Ham