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Although this is Mullen's first published work, there are none of the usual verbal pyrotechnics or high-wire "look how well I can write" balancing acts one sees with beginning authors. How refreshing to read a younger author who has already progressed beyond his ego and knows that it's all about story, story, story. Mullen tells his tale cleanly, simply and plainly--making the ironies and allegories all the more potent. I knew almost nothing of the flu epidemic of 1918 and even less about the political climate in the US during WW1. These are not subjects I would go out of my way to read about, but Mullen has made them compelling and interesting. In fact, the author's voice has the same level of confidence and maturity that one only finds in writers with decades more experience (I kept thinking of Wallace Stegner and Alice Munro while I was reading)--authors who earn your trust and confidence so early and easily that you completely relax into the writing and the voice. It's already on my Ten Best List; I can't imagine I'll read ten better books this year. It's easily the most impressive and heartfelt book I've read in a long while. --Terry Goodman
I found it to be well written, and the few main characters were very well developed.
I found it boring and too many times strayed off the center story line to go into long boring sub plots that I simply cared nothing about.
This book is a great story that explores the true nature of human conflict in society.
This was an interesting time in history. With today's communication I wonder if things would have gotten out of hand.Published 17 days ago by W. Baker
Dash it all!
When I first read of this book, I could not wait to get it and read it. I imagined myself spellbound, held captive by this fascinating period in American... Read more
Slow. My grandfather(s) died of the flu epidemic of 1918. Thought this would give me some insight, but instead it dragged and dragged to nowhere.Published 5 months ago by Judy Cabito
Liked the character development and the fact that the reader was led to approve the killings. The law was unenforceable in these circumstances.Published 7 months ago by BuffaloBob
The book was OK. It dragged often with too many incidental events. I almost stopped reading, but hung in there to the end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Philip J. Turrie
An excellent work of historical fiction. The author does a great job of using the claustrophobic wooded mountain setting in Washington State to make every part of the book seem a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adam Austin