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Feast for Thieves: A Rowdy Slater Novel Paperback – September 1, 2014
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This debut historical novel from Brotherton, who has written many nonfiction titles about war veterans (We Who Are Alive and Remain), was inspired by the true story of a paratrooper named Wayne “Skinny” Sisk in Easy Company, featured in the book Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. An “incorrigible” man, Rowdy Slater, becomes a preacher after the war. His first sermon is a disaster, but one line summarizes his insight: “If God could care for a ruffian like Cain, even with everywhere he’d been and with all the wrong he’d done, then I reckon God could care for someone like me.” Rowdy’s story unfolds with satisfying unpredictability, offering plot twists that would be unbelievable if not for strong motivations that encourage suspension of disbelief. The two loves of Rowdy’s life are one of many surprises. Dialogue is colloquial and historically rooted, as in Twain’s Huck Finn. The short novel is packed with action, intrigue, and scoundrels who have Rowdy over a barrel. Readers will want to find out exactly how the unlikely hero is going to escape yet another predicament. - Publishers Weekly, 7/11/14
Highly recommended! A hard-edged and well-crafted novel, with surreptitiously smart prose, confident plotting, and characters you feel you know. - Michelle Burford, founding senior features editor of O, the Oprah Magazine
Feast for Thieves is smart, gritty, and inforgettable. Filled with calamity and humor, this book is a hands-down winner. It's about time veteran writer Marcus Brotherton added his powerful voice to fiction. His writing voice is superb. - Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Book of Mortals series
An exhilarating story told in a neo-Western genre, of all things. Masterful and riveting, humorous yet poignant. Anyone who enjoys books by Ted Dekker, Randy Alcorn, or Leif Enger will enjoy every story woven by Marcus Brotherton. This unique and page-turning adventure will harvest a whole new fold of fans. - Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Free
Part Band of Brothers, part True Grit, this is the rollicking tale of a wartime hero's fight to find his place in a post-war world. Rich with action, Feast for Thieves is cinematic storytelling at its best. - Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call
As a great admirer of Marcus Brotherton's nonfiction work, I was eager to dive into his debut novel. Feast for Thieves does not disappoint. From the first page, Rowdy Slater emerges as a character to root for, complete with flaws, charm, and an unshakeable conscience. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end, a wonderful tale of redemption that will leave readers hoping for a sequel. - Kristina McMorris, bestselling author of The Pieces We Keep
A gutsy, never-preachy story filled with massive redemptive undercurrents. Why read this? Ultimately it's a book of hope, and it shows how anyone's heart can be changed. - Matt Carter, lead pastor, Austin Stone Community Church, Texas, and coauthor of The Real Win
Marcus Brotherton has crafted more than a rousing story here. He's created characters who leap off the page and a small corner of the world you can lose yourself inside, all held together with stirring prose. I really enjoyed this book. - Billy Coffey, bestselling author of The Devil Walks in Mattingly
This story is a delight. There is a strong sense of literary quality here, combined with a remarkably unique redemptive message. The characters are real, the descriptions potent, and the force of a good story well told is strong throughout Highly recommended. - Davis Bunn, bestselling novelist, writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University
From the Back Cover
Preaching or prison. An impossible choice for a man who usually solves his problems with a rifle or his fists.
Sergeant Rowdy Slater was the most incorrigible paratrooper in Dog Company during World War II. But after the war, when Rowdy robs a bank with the black-hearted Crazy Ake, he vows to turn his life around. The lawman, suspicious that Rowdy’s confession is a sham, gives him an ultimatum: Rowdy must serve one year as the town minister, or go straight to jail. Rowdy’s choice? Preaching at the community church in Cut Eye, Texas, at the midpoint of nowhere and emptiness.
At first the job seemed easy, particularly since Rowdy took over for the willowy female missionary who held the church together while the men were at war. But when Crazy Ake shows up with a plan to make some quick cash, Rowdy becomes ensnared and is forced to make a deadly choice.
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Over the course of that year we will learn what happened to cause Rowdy's dishonorable discharge and imprisonment, what drove him to commit the robbery and what he intends to do about it. Our nostalgic memories of post-war 1940s America don't often include the dark alleys and backwaters, but they were there and Rowdy will have to walk into that darkness if he hopes to come out and live in the light.
Brotherton writes in the first person from Rowdy's point of view, and he nails the dialect of the time and place without overdoing it, always a challenge for writers. If this had been written in the 1950s and made into a movie, we could easily see a young Andy Griffith in the role of Rowdy. Making the movie today might be a challenge, since there's little if any of the things that modern moviemakers seem to prize: profanity, gratuitous violence and sex. What there is, is a story about a man seeking redemption, and that's always the best kind of story.
Marcus Brotherton's first novel, Feast For Thieves, impressed me in a way few novels have been able to do. Marcus has written extensively about World War II in the non-fiction realm, and has done myriad research about the times and the men of the 1940s. The depth of his research is obvious while reading this book.
Feast for Thieves begins in the small Texas town of Cut Eye in 1946, when Rowdy Slater, a former paratrooper during the War, robs a bank with Rowdy's old prison cellmate, Crazy Ake. After robbing the bank and becoming separated from Crazy Ake during a police chase, Rowdy gains a conscience and returns the money to the town of Cut Eye. Upon returning the loot, Sheriff Halligan Barker makes Rowdy a deal--either he can take up the empty position as Reverend at Cut Eye Community Church, or he can go straight to jail.
Rowdy knows nothing about being a preacher, but he genuinely wants to turn his life around, so he takes the job. He's charged with the lofty task of turning the town around--the town that now spends more time in the saloon and brothel than at church. Rowdy must also become a man the town can look up to, trust, and ask guidance from, while just beginning to figure out what a relationship with God actually means.
We learn all the dirty secrets of the folks from Cut Eye in Feast of Thieves, and we learn about Rowdy's past--why he wanted to rob the bank in the first place, what role his little niece plays in the ordeal, and why he wants to come clean and become an upstanding citizen. After getting into the routine of being Reverend Rowdy, Crazy Ake shows up again with a dangerous plan to make some fast money. Rowdy must make a decision. Has he truly changed, or will he always be a criminal?
Feast of Thieves was full of drama, suspense, some laughs, and even a bit of romance. I grew to love Rowdy and the rest of the characters, and I may or may not have talked in a Texas accent for a couple days after finishing the book. I also really appreciated how, at the end, the author includes some background for the novel, as well as real-life interview snippets of World War II vets while explaining Rowdy's dialect and word choices throughout the book.
I highly recommend this novel, as it was well thought out and excellently executed. I felt like I was watching it as a movie in my mind, and everything in the book belonged in the book. There was no extra fluff, no unnecessary parts; every word had a purpose, and as a reader, I appreciate that. I really hope that this is only the first book in a series!
*I was provided a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
As a WWII veteran who is a little rough around the edges (to say the least), Rowdy Slater is essentially forced into life as a preacher. As the wife of a pastor, it is somewhat difficult for me to imagine a realistic scenario in which someone enters the ministry against his will; however, somehow Rowdy's story seems to make sense. Although we like to think that we always act with honorable motivations, Rowdy teaches us that sometimes our heart follows after we make the correct choice out of a sense of duty or obedience. Themes of forgiveness and mercy are pervasive as Rowdy makes his choices in life and we witness the results and watch his heart change. Getting to know Rowdy also reminds us that everyone has a story behind their actions and that sometimes we judge others for what they do without realizing that they may be coming from a place of pain and loss. We're all in need of "the good meal" that Rowdy is looking for.
In addition to the dynamic character of Rowdy, the book features well-developed minor characters and a strong plot. The themes are thought-provoking, and the novel is written in a manner that is fast-paced and entertaining. Colorful language helped me visualize the setting and, most notably, the lavish descriptions of food throughout the story clearly made me understand why "feast" was an apt word to include in the title! I appreciated Brotherton's notes regarding his choice to use dialect as a narrative device and especially enjoyed reading about the real-life paratrooper-turned-preacher who inspired the character of Rowdy.
I certainly hope there will be more Rowdy Slater books to follow!