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by D.M. Mitchell

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Like an action movie with an antique setting

If you traded our hero, Thomas, lately a Captain in the British Military fighting in the Napoleonic Wars and replace him with Bruce Willis in Die Hard, you get where I'm going with this - different time period, song remains the same. Everyone keeps telling Thomas we can use a guy of your talents, fearlessness and use of weapons. Does that sound like an action movie set up or what? Thomas also solves most of his problems by punching, shooting, stabbing, pistol whipping or a combination of all four. He is not the great philosopher.

He gets called home with a letter from his brother asking for help; saying that he and their Father are in serious trouble. When he gets home, everything has changed, nefarious plots are at work, relatives are dead and others are dying. What is a violent soldier to do? Plus there is a mythical beast in the forest ripping people and sheep to shreds. If you are mythical, can you physically rip anything?

The story was fun, if a little light on imagery, characterization and plot. The injury count is high, including final ones. If you have a few hours to spare, like history and action movies, you may find this right up your alley. ( )
  Molecular | Feb 21, 2014 |
Loved this book, lots of twists and turns. Can't wait for Thomas to return! ( )
  SkullySkarlet | Oct 25, 2013 |
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