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The Bone War of Mccurtain County: A True Story of Two Ordinary Men's Quest for Treasure and Their Epic Battle Against Extraordinary Odds Paperback – 2013
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In the 1880s, during America's first Gilded Age, two eccentric and aristocratic scientists, Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, engaged in an anomalous, competitive trek to outdo each other in a paleontological contest of numbers - a bone war. This war, fought in the vast panorama of the American West, was an invidious contest of egos and wills to decide who could recover, identify, and document the most prehistoric fossils from an unrecorded past. This competition spurred the greatest spree of fossil discoveries in history, at least until America entered a second Guided Age one-hundred years later in the 1980s, as new technologies and finances propelled another round of bounteous fossil discoveries. During this second American Gilded Period, an improbable bone war in provincial southeastern Oklahoma was fought over ownership rights to one of the single greatest fossil discoveries of the century, indeed, of all history. This war was fought between two local naturalists against entrenched paragons of institutional dominance - a giant corporation, two major universities and cloistered academics, the state legislature, and a wealthy fossil tycoon. Cephis Hall, an Arkansas hillbilly, and Sid Love, a Choctaw Indian, dug their prize from a corporate waste-holding pit near the edge of the Mountain Fork River. The discovery set in motion a chain of events that would alter their lives forever as they embarked upon an epic journey and conflict against mighty foes in a David versus Goliath scenario. Cephis Hall and Sid Love faced a whirlwind of controversy as they found themselves at the crossroads of science, politics, and religion. Powerful people and institutions wanted to confiscate their treasure. A tale of mystery, adventure, and nature - Indiana Jones southern style. Buried treasure, dinosaurs, greed, corruption, moonshine, pot fields, quartz crystals, and an unauthorized version of the American Dream. This amazing true story is stranger than fiction.
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This book’s cover has a serene enough looking image of what appears to this reader as a river flowing through the woods. An image of some of the characters on the cover, however, may have been a good addition in this reader’s opinion though.
Switching gears away from the cover of the book and to the editing, the overall editing is clean. For example, Ferrell correctly uses grammar rules, making this book easy on this reader’s eyes.
The pacing and style of this book also drew me in, because of the reminder that this is a glimpse into American history. The author also has a way of writing where the style and pacing is both engaging in this reader’s opinion.
In addition, the character development mostly reflects in one of the main characters: Cephis. Since we as readers are mostly following his narrative in this story, there is a sense of development as he adapts to the growing pressures both external and internal alike. However, at the risk of revealing too much about this book’s plot, I will say no more about that.
Overall, I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5 stars for the reasons already explained above.
Firsr if all, I want to assure everyone that this is a great and extraordinary piece of art. Despite my heavy schedule, I still managed to finish this great book in just a few days. I was so hooked up in this book that I can not put it down. I can guarantee to everyone that this is a well thought book. The concept of The Bone War of McCurtain County is very unique and intriguing. The content is well researched. Kudos for that! A lot of facts that can be found in this book is very reliable. You will not find any bizarre things here like UFO, instead, every aspect of this boon has a connection to our country's history and archeology. Also, the way of writing of the author is very fresh. Russell Ferrell described every setting well in a realistic manner. The reader can clearly picture something or someone because the author describes everything with clarity. In addition, the transition of the story in this book is very great and organized. I can keep up in every turn of events without any confusion unlike to the other books that I have read. Moreover, every chapter makes you want to read more. Every chapter answers your questions but generates more unanswered things. And in every chapter, the intensity of this books keeps on growing. I strongly recommend this for people who loves history and artifacts. I am very positive that other people will also be as hooked up as I am in this book. Thank you, Russell Ferrell, for this wonderful book!
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