Do you like a good spaghetti western? Then you should read this book. Taking place during the Civil War, the story follows young James Deeter, raised a Quaker and a pacifist, with dreams of escaping to the West. His pacifist beliefs are threatened when recruiters for the Union come for him, and he makes a run for it. However, instead of making it out west and living his dream of being a cowboy, he lands smack in the middle of a guerrilla war on the Kansas-Missouri border. What follows is Deeter just trying to survive and not hurt anybody.
This story reminded me strongly of spaghetti westerns years ago, when they would star Clint Eastwood, and the dialogue reminded me of these movies, in that it was old-fashioned and what one typically imagines they talked like.
This book is filled with lessons, with Deeter coming of age in this war-torn world. He becomes a little less innocent, and is forced to learn how to survive in a world that is not pacifist. The horrors of the war are not sugarcoated, and Deeter has to make some tough decisions. All of it lends to an adventure, which I think anyone will like.
My only issue with this book, besides the language being a bit predictable, was that it sometimes seemed like the story was jumping around. It was mostly in the beginning, and things happened so rapidly that I sometimes felt lost. Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
*I received an copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!