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Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead
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Jul 14, 12

bookshelves: adult, historical-fiction, western

"Far Bright Star" grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go until the journeys' end. It reminds me of those classic western movies like "The Magnificent Seven", Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns or “The Unforgiven”. The writing is stark and realistic. You can almost feel the hot sun bearing down and desert grit in your mouth. It is 1916 and a veteran of battles, Napoleon must lead a rag tag band of soldiers. “They are a sorry lot -- "freebooters, felons, Christians, drifters, patriots . . . surgeons, mechanics, assassins,” on a search for Pancho Villa. This odd cadre is ambushed by unknown guerillas on the border and there begins the battle that will leave the physically and emotionally battered warrior Napoleon wishing at times he were dead. What else can I say? Author Robert Olmstead has spun a really good story. -Amy O.
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