- File Size: 2490 KB
- Print Length: 295 pages
- Publication Date: January 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078TNJGQ3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How Can a Man Die Better weaves historical context around character building so complete that in places it elicits visceral reactions from the reader--in some passages laughter, in others, shock at the stark brutality of humanity.
A must-read for fans of Devil in the White City, Poachers, or Killers of the Flower Moon. (Or any other dark, historical fiction/creative non-fiction with tones of adventure, despair, and debauchery.) Gaston is a writer to watch.
I liked all of the Victorian slang and colloquialisms. Most of them were easy enough to figure out from context clues, but there were a few that I had to look up.
I also liked that this book begins with a list of historical people, places, and events. I am adding them to my list of things to research further - I love learning things!
The narrative then cuts to the story of a scholar named Cage and his finance Ardent. The young lady is killed in the course of her Abolitionist work along with one of her friends, an African American woman who was one of their town’s brightest stars. Cage naturally swears revenge on those responsible. He then joins the Union army along with a group of his friends to extract his vengeance on the culprits (two of whom were protagonists in the earlier sections of the book) rather than simply hunting them down, which would have made a great deal more sense.
The story does initially present a somewhat interesting take on various cultures and places from the mid 1800s. It should nonetheless contain a strong warning for violence, murder, assault, and other thematic elements that readers may find disturbing. I also found a good many typos. The first few chapters were additionally so full of (what I assume is) period slang that it was hard to figure out what’s going on and this problem occasional crops up in later chapters.
I generally like historical fiction and found parts of the story to be interesting. However, given the amount of battle sequences and some reoccurring elements, it wasn’t entirely to my tastes. I also think the narrative could have been greatly improved by starting off with Cage’s adventures rather than giving readers unnecessary background information on his eventual adversaries and one of his allies before he is ever introduced. Readers simply have to get through a good deal of text first, much of it from unlikable narrators, before they reach the real backbone of the story.
In conclusion, the story is fairly well-written and I’m sure there are plenty of people (action-adventure and historical fiction fans) out there who will enjoy it.