- File Size: 916 KB
- Print Length: 324 pages
- Publisher: Timber Creek Press (August 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LGZ3D9S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not only did the story line keep my interest – I read the book in one evening – I was amazed at the dialogue, which kept me in fits of laughter. These authors didn’t have to describe their characters’ personalities, they built their characters by using dialogue. The language is as I would expect from the time period of the late 1800s, but it was so much more. The side-splitting retorts, metaphors and similes kept coming and I kept flipping pages on my Kindle. And details – what good are details if kept inside the writer’s head? Details make a story and these authors know which details to employ to enhance the settings and action and what to leave out. The historical details included in this story are amazing, not just from the locales and characters, but the guns they used, what clothes were made of, how buildings were built, the food they ate – rustlers on the run definitely aren’t eating home cooking – I could taste the possum stew. So much appropriate detail surrounds you in each scene.
This is the kind of writing I expect in historical fiction. These authors have incredible reserves of information and knowledge about the area locations and peoples of The Nations series. I accidentally happened onto #4 in the series first, but after that, came back to read the rest. Together, these two authors project a voice in their books like no other I have read. If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend this series, not only for the fast moving action, incredibly real characters, but for the language and dialogue of a by-gone era that will have you repeating phrases long after you’ve finished the book.
Reeves never reached the fame Hickok did, Hollywood seeing to that, but he deserved it. This book tries to right some of that. An enjoyable read.
The detailed descriptions of the land, sunsets, plant's growing in the area, smells and food of that time make you feel a part of the story.
There is no place to put the book down. I read into the night to finish it and then read it again. It is such a good story that I know I will read it again in the future.
Bass Reeve's is bigger than life. He stands by his beliefs and moral principles in every situation. Even though he is feared by the criminals he is fair with them and gives some of them the opportunity to show that they can be trusted in spite of what they have done.
I had not heard about Bass Reeve's before this book. I took a trip to Ft. Smith, AR to visit the museum there. I am reading one of the books written about Bass Reeve's life now.
I agree that this would be a great movie. This is so much better than the blood and guts movies. This is a real story with action taken only when necessary.
THE NATIONS has all the necessary ingredients for a satisfying western. Its pages are populated with heroes who believe in honor, justice, and decency, along with villains who are truly the embodiment of evil. Needless to say, the rip-roaring climax sorts them all out.
I highly recommend THE NATIONS to anyone who loves westerns, as well as to anyone curious enough to check out what this time honored genre is all about. I can hardly wait to tear into HAUNTED FALLS, the sequel to this entertaining work.
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The only western books I have read in the past were J T Edson and although a brilliant read the stories (and the realism) bear no resemblance to this book. A must read if you are a western fan and one I am definitely keeping this to re-read in the future.