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The Timely Arrival of Barnabas Bead

(Tales of an Unremembered Country #1)

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In this first story of a series of short stories by A. S. Peterson, Colonel Barnabas Bead and his faithful lieutenant, Horton Adams, have been assigned to a remote Confederate outpost in the Appalachian Mountains, but the road they take to get there may lead them somewhere else entirely.
Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Rabbit Room Press
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Laure Hittle
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i recently discovered Mr. Peterson's work through the Rabbit Room (rabbitroom.com), where i found his two-novel historical fiction series, several short stories, and other articles and essays that he has written over the course of the last several years. He has a great voice and an uncanny knack for slipping subtle humour into his horror stories, which i absolutely love. But out of everything i've read of his so far, this is unquestionably the best example of his literary craftsmanship.

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Ryan
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Peterson returns all too briefly to the world of Fin's Revolution to restore wonder one more time. The title character, Bead, longs to live out the same stories his father told of the voyages of the Esprit de la Mer, but spends a lifetime seeking the ship to no avail. In the valley of death something astounding, disturbing, and wondrous overtakes him and his companion. Peterson's command of language and story is arresting, awe inspiring, and points to a joy seen in the works of Chesterton, Lewis ...more
Sarah
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This was very well written. I loved the character of Adams, the faithful standby, with his extreme southern drawl. But I guess you need to read the Fiddler's Gun series first, because I definitely felt like I was missing something important.
Douglas McKelvey
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read and enjoyed both of Peterson's very solid "Fiddler's..." offerings, but the use of language and imagery in this short piece felt like such a great leap forward in the evolution of his craft that I was a little taken aback (and perhaps a tad jealous..?) at the gorgeousness of the writing. Well done.
PD
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
After reading it once, I don't exactly know what this short was.... but I like it. Hints and whispers of something beyond...past....or ahead. Maybe where the wintry white becomes enchanting green while the sounds of Phin's fiddle turns it beautiful.
Ryan Boomershine
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I did not chortle nor sniggle, but I did laugh at loud a couple of times in this introductory novelette. Looking forward to more great writing from Pete's pen.
Jeffrey
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very brief and engaging return to characters from Fin's Revolution. An excellent and haunting series. Enjoyed this very much.
Josh
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A very fine short story. Ambrose Bierce-y, in the best possible way. Peterson is a very, very good writer.
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