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- Listening Length: 18 hours and 14 minutes
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- Audible.com Release Date: November 5, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GGLHU0A
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Jakes is a master storyteller.. and one of the best authors I've ever read.. I'll read all of his books before it's over..,
By Nancy Anne
But seriously, as others have mentioned: the rape scenes. There are more attempted rape (and successful) in this book than I have ever read. There's one about every 75 pages it feels like, including a ten year old girl, told in graphic detail. I understand Jakes wanting to tell it like it was, but when the rape scenes outnumber all other scenes, you're taking a step in the wrong direction. It gets to be where every male Jakes character is a lecherous drunken moron who has no regard for women. I get that women might have been particularly helpless in the late 1700s and early 1800s, but I got that point two books ago. Seriously I just don't see finding this as "entertaining" when there are so many of these scenes chucked in for no apparent reason. It's not that I feel they should never be in any book, just that this book seems to revel in including them.
I had the intent to read this whole series. I'll move on. It's what America should have done in the 70s to this guy.
Abraham, so put off by that, feels the call to explore the West, where he heads with his rather-unruly stepsister and now wife, Elizabeth Fletcher, who's also seeking an escape. But the West beats them both to a pulp. And really, all of the characters in this book take a severe beating. (Perhaps you've read the references to rape in the other reviews on this page?!) A reviewer of the second book lamented about the continually terrible events inflicting the characters. I didn't see that so much in "The Rebels," but boy did I see it in spades in this third one. Wow. Just one awful catastrophe after another. As the perspective changes again to Abraham's half-brother Gilbert, then to Abraham's son Jared, nothing seems to go right for ANY of these people, throughout the whole book. Trust me, it's ugly, and if you're female like me, the ending is particularly horrifying.
Is it a good book, a page-turner? Yes, I was kept riveted, if at times revulsed. Jakes is still a very fine executor of the writing craft. And I intend to stick with him to the end of the eighth book. But if some good things don't happen to these people soon, I'm not going to be highly motivated!