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Brothers at Arms: Treasure & Treachery in the Amazon Paperback – September 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vision Forum (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934554758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934554753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Age Appropriate For: 10 and up for mild violence

Best for Ages: 10 and up

Where was this book when I was 11? I remember not being able to find any historical adventures that were appropriate for me at that age. Every fiction book I could read was either fantasy, mystery, or had romance. I hated fantasy, was tired of mysteries, and disliked romance. That is why I read so many non-fiction books in my tweens and teens.

Brothers at Arms is almost the opposite of every kid's book today. It assumes kids are not stupid; that they can handle big words like `foreboding' and the like. This book also assumes that there are those of us that enjoy books that are not centered around romance. It also is filled with God honoring principles that are hard to find in most Christian fiction.

The story itself was a page-tuner. It was one of those thick books (304 pages) that you wonder in the first two pages how it is going to stretch out for that long. Before you know it, you are reading the last page and wishing it had been longer.

I loved how the brothers interacted. Their relationship felt so real and was the source of some of the biggest surprises for me. How it develops and the lessons they learn were so much better than anything I expected.

The lack of romance was refreshing for me. Now, there is a girl in the story, and at the end of the book you get a very strong idea of what is in store for her and one of the heros. However, unlike so many books today, there weren't any real mushy scenes, no kissing, no heart-stopping moments. You could read this to your eight-year-old brother, and he wouldn't roll his eyes. We need more books like this.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Just buy a copy today!
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Format: Paperback
4.5 Stars. 10+ for mild violence.

This lively, slightly improbable tale takes place in 19th century England. Lawrence and Chester Stoning are twin brothers, but they are as different as can be. Lawrence is an analyzer and deep thinker. Chester is a man's man, a bold fellow with a passionate thirst for gallantry. It is not until Chester follows one of his impetuous schemes and Lawrence dutifully follows him that the two brothers learn what it means to be brothers-in-arms - not brothers-at-arms. This bold tale follows the traditions of Henty with a splash of Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines". I also had flashbacks of "Robinson Crusoe".

I am not the type to always finish a book I start. If it is boring, I will put it down. Let me say this book kept me hooked to the very end. I laughed, I learned, and I experienced the hair-raising adventures on the edge of my seat. John Horn's dry, witty humor is evident on almost every page, as well as his clear love of history. I was very pleased with the historical aspects and was delighted to find a fellow author who knew so many little-known details. I also enjoyed the romance and knew exactly where it was headed from the very beginning, which was fun!

The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars was because I would have liked some more descriptions of the physical aspects of the characters, the geographic areas, and the depth of emotion. I do not say this critically. This is my own personal taste. I prefer more "show, not tell". For the most part, Horn "showed", but there were some instances I would have preferred more. Still, I realize this aspect of his writing style may be a part of the overall charm.

I applaud John Horn for creating a unique book appropriate for the whole family.
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This book will keep you eagerly turning the pages to the very end! It is a God-honoring, very skillfully woven story portraying the common struggles between brothers, and the duty of men to fight for right to the bitter end. The twins must learn to compliment each other's strengths and weaknesses to vanquish the foe.

I also appreciate the fact that it is not an 'adventurous romance novel', but it actually focuses on courage and chivalry.
The characters are ones that would be profitable for your sons (and daughters) to emulate.

Overall, this is a wholesome, witty, and masterfully written adventure for the whole family to enjoy!

Thanks, John J. Horn!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rating: 5 stars (because I love this book even after reading it four times)
Ages: 12/13 and up (for mild violence and some description of deaths)

This book is amazing, for more reasons than one. This is John Horn at his best.

Brothers at Arms: Treasure and Treachery in the Amazon is my favorite fictional novel. It combines action, adventure, multi-dimensional (and undercover) villains, suspense, and even the smallest bit of clean romance.

The twins, Law and Chester Stoning, are so fun. They've become two of my favorite characters. Law's studious and charming (in his own sort of way); Chester is gallant and brave and has a bit of impetuosity in him. Working together, they beat seemingly impossible odds - with Lawrence's knack for planning escapes and Chester's mastery of gun and dagger. I love it - that Law plans, and Chester does the actual fighting part. (But Law gets better.) And I love how they're relationship changes over the course of the story - from being brothers who don't get along to friends and true comrades. I love the unique way Chester talks and the brothers' dialogue with each other throughout the book. And the Eyesore? That's just fantastic!

The plot and writing are awesome. I really enjoyed the setting changes - from England to the steaming jungles of Peru. John has chosen unique settings for each of his books, and they're big parts of the story itself. It makes the series a lot of fun.

It's funny to think that after having read this three times already, the last time I read it (being time #4), I still noticed something I hadn't before. I think sometimes I read too fast, so I miss fun details.
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