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"'Sherman's Eagle' does, however, take place in Sacramento and Atlanta, and it has enough plots and subplots to fill a playbook. Steroid scandal. Murder. Missing persons. Civil War antiquities. Racism. A beloved college professor."

- The Sacramento Bee

"This is one of those books where the plot twists are earned; it is hard to put the book down when you pick it up. You'll want to toss it at the nearest fire a few times, but then you make the mistake of opening it up again. It is also great to have an actually reluctant hero, who is on the cusp of being forced to participate in the quest, and yet wants to see it to the end. This is a great book, and you will love reading it."

-San Francisco Book Review

"Blankenship's attention to detail is rewarding. His use of bits of lesser-known Sacramento history helps the story move along but doesn't dry out the momentum, something first time authors often do without realizing.This is a perfect book for summer reading."

-Christine Gillespie,
Rabbit Creek Journal

About the Author

A 1999 graduate of Sacramento State University specializing in Communications, Devin Blankenship has spent the last 13 years with the Sacramento Kings(NBA) Media Relations Dept. as an intermediary between local/national media and the team’s athletes,including such notable personalities as Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Ron Artest, Tyreke Evans and many more. Blankenship also penned exclusive content as the lead writer for the team’s website, Kings.com, and season-ticket holder magazine, Fanfare, for five years. A Sacramento native, Blankenship currently resides in his hometown with his loving wife, Lori, and two young children, Jack and Aly. Sherman’s Eagle is his first foray into fiction and took five years to research, write and edit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: 916 Publishing (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985601604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985601607
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,588,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blankenship's debut novel is as likable as the wistful, idealistic protagonist it chronicles. Weaved adroitly throughout the plausible plotline is a suspenseful inclusion of Northern California history and cleverly crafted fictional elements. The author forges beyond commonly held knowledge regarding life during the Gold Rush era and gives justice to an often overlooked, underappreciated piece of California lore. Mr. Blankenship's inaugural work isn't without guilty pleasures all suspense readers crave: The relationships evolve naturally and without clichéd force, the suspense is authentic; exhibiting deft timing of a variety expected from veteran thriller authors, his characters prove worthy of our concern and perhaps most impressively, the work is imbued with a delightfully malevolent antagonist hell bent on greed and destruction (of both the characters we've learned to love and their endearing quest to save history from a unhappy conclusion). Kal's innocent naiveté juxtaposes harmoniously with an unbending quest for truth, redemption and satisfaction in a job well done. These attributes leave the reader rooting for Kal as if he was a trusted friend, brother or long lost comrade in arms. Blankenship has created a character who reminds us a little of ourselves, a clever writing mechanism more often attempted than achieved, particularly for an author so new to a genre rife with hackneyed works.

Enjoy Sherman's Eagle for its homages to yesteryear, a vivacious cast of characters employing fist-pumping quantities of moxie and youthful verve, and an overlapping appreciation for history that renders this more than a fun read, but a smart one as well.
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As a former history teacher and a voracious reader of mystery novels I was looking forward to Mr. Blankenship's first foray into publishing. I was not disappointed. It is a fine first novel and holds it's own among authors with more experience.

There were a number of aspects I enjoyed about the novel:

- It is always a challenge to develop characters in a plot driven novel. It's a difficult balance - too much detail and the plot becomes sluggish, not enough detail and one doesn't care about the characters or the outcome. The author does a nice job balancing his efforts. Kal is a most likeable protagonist with some baggage. It is always a good sign when one wants to know more about the characters and their relationship (i.e Kal and Elle). The relationships evolve with credibility. The dialogue and situations are believable. I especially enjoyed how Kal and Bennie's relationship evolved over the course of the novel.

- The author did a nice job balancing historical information with the plot. I was enthralled about the historical significance of the information and yet anxious to continue to see how the story unfolded. I have spent considerable time in Atlanta and Sacramento and I was pleased with the author's attention to detail and the way he weaved historical and geographic facts into the texture of the story. In addition, I learned a great deal.

- The crux to any mystery - historical or contemporary - is does the plot keep moving? Is it believable? Does it have enough twists and turns and occasional surprises? The author does a very credible job. There are significant plot developments (surprises) in the beginning of the mystery and they continue throughout. These developments actually enhance the novel.
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Sherman's Eagle is a book where fiction intertwines with actual historical events (think along the lines of the movie National Treasure). I found the book to be interesting and entertaining. Having lived in Sacramento for more than a decade, there were many things I learned about the city and its historical ties to the Civil War. The book even inspired me to go on the Old Sacramento Underground Tour to learn more about the city's past.

The interesting backstory of this book and how it became to be published can be found on the ShermansEagle website. That, too, is an interesting tale. I had no idea of the difficulties of getting works published and into the hands of the general public. Also, Blankenship details how the idea of the book came about: "I had initially decided to write a novel back in 2006 using underground Sacramento as the main component, building the story out from there. Unsure of where to begin, I began researching the history of the city and happened to stumble upon Sherman's Memoirs, in which he described living in Northern California and joining a team of engineers hired by John Sutter, Jr. to survey downtown Sacramento in the 1850's. It's not a common known fact, and people still raise their eyebrows when I mention it."
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Extremely entertaining book and I found myself having trouble putting the book down which resulted in me finishing the book in 3 days. Very good detail and you can tell the author did his homework as he described the Sacramento downtown and old sac to a T. The author kept me on the edge of my seat with twists and turns, overall this is by far the best book I've read in a long time and hope for a sequel in the near future. Recommend this to everybody!
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