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The Shield That Fell from Heaven

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Recipient of the KIRKUS STAR. Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011. From Kirkus Reviews: A French journalist encounters the American Civil War-and something even stranger-in 1861 Kentucky. Edouard de Grimouville, a supercilious French stringer for Horace Greeley's New York Tribune, travels to the town of Somerset, Ky., on the eve of the Civil War-a conflict in which the n ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by Groton Jemez Publishing (first published March 7th 2011)
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Flora Smith
I won this thru Firstreads and appreciate the opportunity to review it.

I would have probably given this one closer to 2.5 stars but since we can't give half stars I was generous and rounded up instead of down. This is a story set in Kentucky during the time of the Civil War. Its written in journal fashion from the point of view of a 41yr old Frenchman thats there serving as a journalist. He spends most of his time drinking whiskey and talking about politics with Hugh Graham (who is an elderly h
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Buzz Malone
Aug 01, 2011 Buzz Malone rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I took 'The Shield that Fell from Heaven' with me for a ride yesterday when I knew I'd have some extra time to read. I will tell you that I have a stack of books beside my bed that I am working on currently, and another stack on the dresser of upcoming reads.

I should also tell you that I tend only to read classic fiction and history as a general rule, but Goodreads has expanded my horizons a bit (still cringe at the thought of anything with vampires in it though).

With all of that in mind, I had
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Dale Hahn
This is the most literate thing I’ve read in any genre in the past couple of years. As other reviewers say, the style does slow down the action a little at the beginning, though it picks up in a big way closer to the middle. I don’t know, though, that the more action-oriented part of the book would make sense without the sort of build-up that the author does in the first part. That’s especially the case since the book seems to want to do more than one thing.

I can see at least five things it’s tr
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G
Sep 10, 2011 G rated it liked it
(This is a Good Reads giveaway. Thank you!)

It took me a while to really get into the book, and sometimes I was a little confused by the time line, but once I got to a certain point, things started to go better, and reading was easier. The historical element was very well explored, and this is coming from someone who isn't a big fan of historical fiction. The characters weren't unlikable, but they weren't to die for either.

I think the strongest point of the book is the way the history is explored
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Sarah
Jun 02, 2013 Sarah marked it as to-read
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Won this book as a Good Reads Giveaway.

I am part way through at the moment but life is not giving me many reading windows right now. I am enjoying it so far. A full review will follow vey soon I hope.
LM
Sep 29, 2011 LM marked it as to-read
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Won it through Goodreads Giveaway and just received it in the mail! I'm excited to read it! Will review when I'm finished reading! I'm thankful for the opportunity to read this book!
Matthew
Jan 30, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
William S. Kerr’s first novel, The Shield that Fell from Heaven, is a delightful surprise. It is not a book I would have expected to find from such a small publisher, Groton Jemez Publishing, and it is not a book I would have expected to find in this century. Indeed, had I been told it was written in the 19th, I would have believed it, at least until I came to a more modern science fiction element.

It is written as the journal of a Frenchman who, in 1861, on the eve of our War for Southern Indepe
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Justin Tyner
Apr 24, 2014 Justin Tyner rated it really liked it
A poignant statement of the state. Starts as a civil War journal by a Frenchman and ends completely upside down.
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Feb 13, 2012 Larry marked it as to-read
I won this book from Goodreads as a First Reads giveaway**

Thank you to the Goodreads author for sending me a free copy of this book. Review to follow upon completion
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