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Feast for Thieves: A Rowdy Slater Novel

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Preaching or prison. An impossible choice for a man who usually solves his problems with a rifle or his fists.

Sergeant Rowdy Slater was the most incorrigible paratrooper in Dog Company during World War II. But after the war, when Rowdy robs a bank with the black-hearted Crazy Ake, he vows to turn his life around. The lawman, suspicious that Rowdy’s confession is a sham, gi
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Published September 1st 2014 by River North (first published August 15th 2014)
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: his-fic
Me talking about working out doesn’t make me a bodybuilder. In the same way, a book doesn’t automatically become Christian because it talks about faith-related concepts. Sure, this book talks a lot about Christian topics like God, Jesus, and the Bible, and even hits on some good points, but ultimately Christianity is about a relationship with God according to the Bible. A relationship with God based on our own terms doesn’t work; instead, the relationship is dependent upon our acceptance of the ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Marcus Brotherton is well-known as a best-selling author for his books based on real people, including those who fought during WWII. Staying in the time period of the 1940's and with his main character a war veteran, Brotherton eases his way into the fiction realm with both barrels blasting.

When I was first approached about reading this novel, I honestly wasn't sure I was going to like it. Frankly, it sounded more like a "man's" novel, even though I enjoy historical fiction. I was wrong. This i
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fresh-fiction
This was a page turner that kept me guessing until the very end. Rowdy Slater is a veteran of World War II and trying to find a job and a way to fit back into society. He settles into a small town of Texas and takes a job as the Church's reverend. He tries desperately to become a better man, but circumstances keep pulling him in the wrong directions.

I highly recommend this historical fiction.
Joe Best
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Gripping Novel
The story of Rowdy Slater is anything but simple. Through a mind bending twist of circumstances and trouble, this paratrooper turned pastor finds himself in a life-changing story. Deception, war, thievery, love, truth, faith…this novel has it all. You will not want to put this novel down until you are done.

One of many strengths Brotherton’s novel contains is his pin-point use of adjectives which make the reader feel very much a part of the story. In fact, when Rowdy was hungry,
Jan Dunlap
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable read! Marcus Brotherton has fashioned an entertaining story that combines old-fashioned honor and morality with a scrappy hero who captures your heart as he finds his way to God. Returning to the US after serving in WWII, Rowdy Slater is desperate and on the run (literally!) when he resolves to do the right thing, even though it may land him in prison. When he accepts a bargain to become the new preacher in a tiny Texas town, he learns that ministry isn't just about giving a S ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this novel of a soldier returned from WW II. I especially liked the characters, some quirky, one even crazy. Rowdy is a terrific guy. His well crafted personality includes toughness yet compassion. What a crazy plot, a crook being told he will be the town's preacher or face going to jail. I was impressed with the lessons he learned, and the ones we do as readers. Brotherton has great insight into church structure and operation. Even though the book takes place in the 1940s, church ...more
Darren Sapp
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As one of those with an insatiable appetite for all things Band of Brothers, I dove into this story about a fictional 101st paratrooper’s life after the war. The novel hooked me on page one with engaging characters that carried me through to the end. Brotherton truly captures the mood and language of post-war Texas. With shades of Robert Duvall’s The Apostle and Francine River’s And the Shofar Blew, this small town story packs plenty of emotion and action. It’s one of those unique novels that ap ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author.

When I first started this book, I wasn't too sure it was going to be for me. The book begins with a crime and then following Rowdy on journey that eventually lands him right back where he started - Cut Eye, Texas.

Once Rowdy gets back to Cut Eye and his life as a preacher begins, this story gets interesting and eventually turned into a page turner for me. Rowdy's life in Cut Eye is full of twists and turns. He meets some characters along the way, but
Susan F
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review coming later.Excellent book.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first picked up this book I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this book or even be interested in it. Once I got into the story I was starting to get interested in the backstory of the main character named ROWDY SLATER and how he came to end up in a town named Cut Eye. Rowdy Slater was a Sergeant paratrooper in world war two but after the war he robbed a bank with Crazy Ake and slater vows to turn his life around and wants to return the money. While he tries to return the money the town sher ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christy-award
This one surprised me! I had totally forgot where I found this book title and so couldn't remember why I ordered it from the library. A page in, and I was hooked. The vernacular and dialogue was very well done, and I liked the crazy story- I wild ex-serviceman and thief who became a preacher in a Texas town.

I see now that it won the 2015 Christy Award for First Novel (that is how I discovered it). It deserves it!
Deb Haggerty
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Deb’s Dozen: “A fun story about a war hero turning into a preacher” Really!

“When it came to robbing the bank, we wasn’t polished or nothing. We just set the old truck’s hand brake and jigged out the side while the motor was running.” So begins Marcus Brotherton’s Feast for Thieves. Told in first person throughout, this is the story of ex-Sergeant “‘Rowdy’ Slater, the most incorrigible paratrooper in Dog Company during WWII.” Home from the war, unable to get a job, Rowdy, in desperation, agrees t
Kathleen E.
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Monday, September 29, 2014
Feast for Thieves, Debut Novel by Marcus Brotherton, © 2014
A Rowdy Slater Novel

Preaching or Prison? An impossible choice for a man who usually solves his problems with his rifle or his fists. Feast for Thieves - new from bestselling author, Marcus Brotherton.

Summary: "Sergeant Rowdy Slater is the most skilled-and most incorrigible-soldier in Dog Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, an elite group of paratroopers fighting for the world's freedom in World War II. Through a
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Side Door Communications and Moody Publishers/River North Fiction for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Sergeant Rowdy Slater is the most skilled-and most incorrigible-soldier in Dog Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, an elite group of paratroopers fighting for the world's freedom in World War II.

Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States after the war, turns his lif
Michele Morin
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another name has joined Father Tim and the Reverend John Ames in my directory of beloved fictional pastors. Rowdy Slater stands apart from the others (and from most real life pastors, I expect) in two important ways:
1. Neither Fr. Tim nor the Rev. Ames could look out over his congregation and say, “At one time or another, I’ve punched most of them in the face.”
2. Neither answered his call to the ministry in order to avoid jail time.

In Feast for Thieves, Marcus Brotherton has created a work of f
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is not a work of historical fiction, rather a work of action/fiction which takes place in a by-gone era. Feast of Thieves is indeed "hard-edged" and "gritty" and full of action.

This is my second read of this author. I did not care for the book. It's one of those books I don't want to finish, but I keep reading in hopes it will end well. I read it all the way through in order to give a proper review.

Marcus Brotherton is a seasoned writer. This is his first work of fiction. My opinion i
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to review Feast for Thieves months ago, and for some reason never got around to reading it. I was reminded of it again when I saw it was a finalist for the 2015 Christy Awards in the First Novel category, so thought I’d better open it up and see what I was missing.

I was hooked from the first page. And I don't say that often.

Feast for Thieves begins with Crazy Ake and Rowdy Slater robbing the bank in the small town of Cut Eye, Texas, in the spring of 1946. It’s written in the first p
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Offer You Can't Refuse!


Become a pastor for a year, or go to jail. What would you choose? Imagine a guy named Rowdy, who did many brave things during World War II. He received recognition and advancement in rank, only to lose it all at the end of the war. All because Rowdy attempted to defend a lady's honor, he was unfairly jailed, and stripped of everything he achieved in the military. While in prison, he is
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I have to begin by telling you that no matter how hard I tried to keep this novel in its current time period of 1946, for some reason during parts of it I kept envisioning later 1800's during the Wild West period. I think that was in part to the reference of taverns and dance hall girls which is reminiscent of the Old West. However, this is such an exceptional story and one you won't want to miss due to the powerful nature of second chances and forgiveness for anyone.

In Feast for Thieves by aut
Beckie Burnham
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Described as a neo-Western and WWII novel, I really had no expectations about Feast for Thieves, the debut historical novel by Marcus Brotherton. Ne0-Western? This was either going to be a book I loved or one I found boring. Well it is anything but boring! Filled with great characters and a twisting plot, I will recommend Feast for Thieves to anyone no matter their literary tastes.

Zearl “Rowdy” Slater has been drifting since his stint in prison following his discharge from the Army. It is 1946 a
ASC Book Reviews
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I would have given this book 3 and a half stars if they let me do halves :)

I'm a little torn with this one. On the one hand I really enjoyed parts of this book and I especially like the way Marcus writes. As his first fiction novel I think it has great potential and I hope he continues in fiction if he is inspired to do so. The whole concept is great and the pace of the story is nice. I really love how there are many layers to this story and they are unwrapped nicely which keeps you wrapped in t
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Preaching or Prison – an impossible choice for a man who usually solves his problems with a rifle or his fists.”

Just like so many other soldiers coming home from the war, Sergeant Rowdy Slater has had trouble finding a job. Prior to going away to war her left his daughter in the care of a couple who have taken advantage of his ability to pay them for her care. He now owes them a lot of money and they are threatening to use her in their business is he does not pay them. With no way to pay them,
Vera Godley
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was certainly an interesting read. Quite frankly, the making of a preacher of the Gospel out of Rowdy (main character) will certainly elicit laughter and create fodder for the church-hating public that sees Baptist, Southern preachers as ignoramuses and shysters. You see, Rowdy is a discharged army guy who has been to prison and who has helped rob a bank. He happens to get caught by the Sheriff of Cut Eye (the town) who needs a new preacher for the town’s church because his town is quite fr ...more
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to say, I've been on a WW2 kick lately and I've enjoyed each story I've read. Feast of Thieves was different in it's look of WW2, it looked at the life of a solider after war. Coming home, what was there to do...what if there were no jobs, what would you do then?

Rowdy Slater made his introduction with a the midst of a bank robbery. He comes flying off the pages right away, but unlike most bank robbers, he has a conscious that tickles him and follows him along until he decides to
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
“A man with no purpose is a man who don’t last long in this world.”

The author of Feast for Thieves, Marcus Brotherton, is a well known non-fiction writer (the New York Times bestselling kind), so the question of whether he can write isn’t necessary to ask. And while there can be writers who can’t quite make the switch to fiction after writing non-fiction for so long, there’s no need to worry about that with Brotherton’s debut fiction.


The best way I can describe the vibe of the storytelli
Jalynn Patterson
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Sergeant Rowdy Slater is the most skilled-and most incorrigible-soldier in Dog Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, an elite group of paratroopers fighting for the world's freedom in World War II.

Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States after the war, turns his life around, and falls into the only job he can find-preacher at the sparsely populated community church in Cut Eye, Texas, a dusty highway town situated at the midpoint of nowhere and emptiness.

Nadine Keels
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
"And if you don't last the year...I'll hunt you down and crush you with the full weight of the law. But--" he cleared his throat, "belly chains and leg irons seem like an awful waste of a man with your potential for success."

Thus, young World War II veteran, Rowdy Slater, is faced with the choice of either going to jail for bank robbery or serving one year as a town minister in author Marcus Brotherton's novel, Feast for Thieves.

Rowdy is a down-to-earth, flawed protagonist one can sympathize, ev
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Feast for Thieves
A Rowdy Slater Novel
By Marcus Brotherton

Rowdy Slater can't find work since coming home from the war and he is getting desperate to get some money. And desperate men sometimes do foolish things to get it - foolish things like robbing a bank.

But during the getaway something happens and Rowdy ends up back in Cut Eye, Texas. Not only is he back in the community that he helped robbed, Sheriff Barker has somehow managed to make Rowdy the new minister. Rowdy just may be in over his hea
Phillip Cole
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rowdy Slater has had it rough. Coming back from the war and not being able to fit back in, then getting caught up in a crime. He realizes he needs to change and is given a choice: pastor a church for a year, or go to jail. Thinking the church would be easy, he instead finds out that it comes with its own challenges. Marcus Brotherton's Feast for Thieves tells how both Slater and the town change over the year.

Rowdy finds out that he needs to accept Jesus, and with that, a different lifestyle. Tho
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
If there was ever a book that should NOT be judged by its cover, this would be it. From the cover I was expecting it to be more warish . . . but it isn't. In fact it is downright humorous in spots. Which was a complete surprise.

I've enjoyed several of Marcus Brotherton's nonfiction books so I knew he was a very talented writer. But this first work of fiction really reveals that he is a master wordsmith. It is my hope that he continues to bless us with more of these tales from his imagination.

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Marcus Brotherton is a New York Times bestselling author and collaborative writer known for his books with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel.

His books include the widely-acclaimed Shifty’s War, We Who Are Alive & Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Feast for Thieves.

Coauthored and collaborative works include books with the elite WWII paratro