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The Law of Moses, written by Kwen D. Griffeth, is a western novel that follows the life of Samuel Moses Cardiff. The smell of perfumed ladies, warm beer and rolled cigarettes will be easily imagined as The Law of Moses takes you on a ride through life in the west that keeps you captivated until the very end!
The characters come to life on the page and several times I had to remind myself that this story was indeed fiction. The story takes dips into the past which gives the reader an insight into a younger Sam and why he has changed so drastically. Once upon a time, he was an eager young man, full of energy to face the world and now he is rude, angry and filled with hatred. The connection with the past will allow the reader to feel empathy towards the characters and their personality traits.
Gunfights, bank robbers and old time war stories will keep the reader flipping pages as they explore frontier life. Kwen Griffeth clearly has an in depth understanding of artillery as he accurately describes a variety of guns and even how they sound when they are holstered. Most characters are loyal and stick to their guns (literally and figuratively) when it comes time to settle arguments. At times, the novel explores the Civil War and sparks the imagination.
The writing flows easily and Griffeth provides descriptive imagery that allows the reader to picture the old west, where disputes were settled over beer and gun smoke. The saloons, horses and life lessons will mean the reader will be eager to learn more about Sam and his life. I found some of the lessons to be relevant to today’s society events and found myself reminiscing over the story’s content many days later.
I would would recommend this to anybody who enjoys a western or historical novel but also for anybody that loves a dash of romance, action and comedy. I look forward to reading the next installment.
Finding a manner in which to write historical fiction with enough emphasis on history to be credible and the strength to create fictional characters capable of holding our attention through a journey in specific time frame can be daunting. Kwen knows how to sculpt characters to fit the scenery and in this book that ties the old West with the Civil War primarily through the transformation of a man like Samuel Cardiff making the transformation of gun fighter to law man after a war disrupts his plans for a simple uncomplicated life is just the sort of writing skill that makes believers of us all.
Kwen’s synopsis pulls it together well – ‘Samuel Cardiff had a plan. He had recently graduated from the Teachers College and now he was returning home. The first goal completed, his next step was to find a position and then he could get married. Samuel was a quiet man, some would say a pacifist. He believed in God, family and education. He was not concerned with the happenings outside his home town. Outside events, however, were about to drag him from his beloved Elmira. It was the spring of 1861 and Confederate forces had recently attacked Fort Sumter. Against every moral belief, he enlisted in the Union Army and with his first step toward the south, he changed his life forever.’ Which is to suggest that Sam’s military experience changed him into a gunfighter and from there his innate sense of humanity creates a Marshall.
Kwen’s sense of human dignity is evident in an ode he writes – ‘This letter is long overdue and not nearly sufficient to carry the regret I feel. I owe you so much more. My name is Samuel Cardiff and I was the last person to speak to Lt. Henri Fulford. I was the Union soldier who killed him. Some of his final thoughts were of you and I promised him I would send to you his papers, letters and journal. I failed him and I failed you. Minutes after the death of Lt. Fulford, my brother was mortally wounded and I was with him as he died as well. I still cannot fully explain the sorrow and anger I felt as my brother died, but it is not an excuse for what I did. I destroyed Fulford’s papers and cheated you of keepsakes. I will not ask you to forgive me after all this time, but I ask you forgive a twenty year old boy from New York. I pray the Lord has kept you close these past years.’
The scope of Kwen Griffeths’ imagination is broad – and we are the richer for it. Grady Harp, April 17
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