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- Print Length: 446 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147933717X
- Publisher: Saber (September 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CMKFLG
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Before I address those "problems," I feel that I must address the contention (found in a number of reviews) that the book portrays Southerners in an entirely positive light. This is simply not true. Just two examples are found in Jesse James and Nathan B. Forrest. James is portrayed as a scoundrel throughout his service as a Confederate (irregular) officer. Forrest is portrayed as a vicious beast. I could give other examples, but these examples should prove the point.
So, what are the "problems" that lessened my enjoyment? To put it simply, I must ask whether it is the author or the editor (or perhaps both) who is the functional illiterate.
In all seriousness, I do not believe that even one, single page of this book lacks an error in spelling, grammar, syntax or the like. For Heaven's sake, it even contains errors on matters as simple as subject/verb agreement.
The most-common error lies in homonyms. In particular, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of errors in the use of "homophones" -- words that sound alike but have different spellings. ("write" versus "right," "there" versus "their," etcetera). The difference between "through" and "threw" seems to be especially baffling to someone involved in the production of this book. I lost count of the number of times that I saw this error.
The book also contains numerous errors in continuity. For instance, General Grant seems to like riding in tethered observation balloons. For some reason, those balloons seem to rise to a height of 5,000 feet at some times, and to a height of 500 feet at other times. (Civil War balloons seldom rose above 1,000 feet). At another point, the same character seemed to change naval rank from Lt. Commander to Captain within the same "scene." Similarly, locations and characters seemed to change at random.
The single issue that provided the most annoyance, however, arose from an issue of horsemanship. If I never see (or hear) the phrase "giddy up" again in my entire life, it will be too soon. Not one character in this book "spurred his horse forward" or "urged his mount into action" or any other reasonable alternate phrase. "Giddy up" was actually used as a VERB throughout this book, and it was the ONLY "verb" EVER used to convey the image of causing a horse to move forward. By the end of the book, I was ready to SCREAM. I was raised on a ranch, and I honestly cannot recall using the phrase "giddy up" at any point after my fifth birthday, and I do not recall ever hearing it used in adult conversation. Aarggghhhhh. I was left wondering whether the author could identify which end of the horse ingests the hay, and which end deposits the waste products.
Perhaps under Jackson the Confederates would have driven the Union off the high ground, but they would have sustained significant losses in doing so.
The rest of the book continues as an implausible string of events, with the south winning every battle because they were smarter, better equipped and better led than the dumb north. The south seemed to win with few casualties while the north suffered severe loss of fighting men.
Oh well, I guess the author is reliving history as he imaged it and that's his prerogative. I just wish he had made the book a little more believable. The idea was a good one and would make the basis for an entertaining tale.
The book is fast-moving and I'd say slightly more plausible than the second (I had accidentally read the second book first). It picks up a few years after the "classic" Civil War when the North tries to overcome the South again after a series of incidents lead to war breaking out again. There's quite a bit of action and most of it is plausible enough, though I personally doubt the South could have fielded anywhere near enough firepower to put up much of a fight in the Far West of California. But that's a quibble.
As I mentioned I accidentally read the second book in this series before this one, so I had a bit of an idea what had happened. That didn't really detract much from the story however and I enjoyed it. However, this book suffers from the same problem as its sequel--it is BADLY IN NEED OF AN EDITOR. And spell-checking. And GRAMMER checking. Mister Bennett must write with those options turned off, and it's clear that Saber Books provides only cursory oversight.
Still it's a good book and a good series. I look forward to the third!
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I pretty much agree with the other 'two star' ratings, and can even see the point of the 'one stars'.Read more