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Jesse's Seed

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  16 reviews
It's autumn, 1941. The Nazis have fired on the USS Greer; London is ablaze, and the streets of Leningrad are red with blood. Still, David Dremmer is content to work his father's ranch and dream of his best friend's wife. When the United States finally enters the war, David escapes his father's disappointment and a loveless marriage by enlisting in the Air Corps. His choice ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published October 30th 2015 by Athanatos Publishing Group
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Maryann Spikes
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book makes me wish I had unlimited time to binge-read. Intelligent, suspenseful, spiritually and psychologically probing, inhabited with characters whose too-real struggles you want to continue resolving. I don't want to give away too much, but this novel does what my favorite novels do: make you love the one you originally resent. I most enjoyed the cathartic conclusion, and David's refreshingly humorous wit in moments of confrontation. ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The landscapes in this book deserve to have their own character names, even if David––the protagonist––resists making a person out of the place to which he was born. (Gray light urged him from his bed. He stared across the field until the lone cedar captured him. It looked sad standing beside the stump of its mate. The notion brought a shiver, and he turned away. He had no time for thoughts of a cedar standing alone against the winter, for imaginings that would have him breathe as spirit into it ...more
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David is a young man living with his father on a farm. He finds peace in a colt that he buys off a neighbor. He learns to have faith in the horse as well as the horse learning to trust in him. They are two broke souls in need of repairing. War soon comes to David's doorstep at home and in his country. While the war is fought at home between family, David is off to fight a much bigger war. 

This book was pretty good to me. It told a sad tale and it kept me reading. I find peace between the horse a
Kathy J Stallings
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very glad to have found this book!

This is the first time I have reviewed a book, but have looked forward to the opportunity. I enjoyed reading Jesse's Seed because of it's many levels. There were times when I felt sad, times when I felt glad, times when I felt thankful, and times when I felt very disheartened. The relationship between David and his dad was complicated and sometimes it seemed not only unloving, but irreparable. Even though the setting is several years before my time, I found the
Byron Veith
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It flows beautifully with some of the most poetic prose I've ever read, and the story is incredibly powerful. The characters at first left me flat but after a few chapters, I fell in love with them. I relate completely to David, the primary character, though I didn't think I would at first.

I finished the book a couple of days ago and can't get it out of my mind. I'm so ready for Book II!
Joseph Courtemanche
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was introduced to me as lyrical fiction. Okay, I'm a moron, but I liked the concept.

More than the concept, I liked the book. Sam tells a great story with superior characters that evade the stereotypes usually used as the template for WWII books.

I will read his next book. I truly enjoyed it.
Mike Haynes
Just finished "Jesse's Seed," and I'm glad it was recommended to me. It seemed a little slow at the start, but maybe that's because I'm not into plowing fields! But I got into the characters pretty quickly, and that may be its strength - the connection to David Dremmer and the people in his life. It moves from country life to unrequited love to a bad marriage to Army Air Force training to war in Europe to Nazi interrogations. The last part of the book is especially suspenseful. And the descripti ...more
Jon Pirtle
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoying this one.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautifully written book shows the reader what he often cannot see for himself. The main character's inner struggles are the struggles of many people even though his outer struggles center around the events of WWII. What sets this book apart, other than the beauty of the language and structure of the work itself, is that it does not leave the reader (or the character) in the midst of emptiness and purposelessness. ...more
Danielle Urban
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jesse's Seed by Sam D. Pakan is a historical WWII novel that all will want to read. Readers are instantly taken back to 1941. The horrors of Pearl Harbor being bombed and the declaration of war will send back memories and chills down readers spines. Japanese and German soldiers. Americans fighting both. They tried to stay out of the war until it got personal and then all bets were off...attacking one's country does things to a nation. So many boats destroyed and lives taken that day. Death, loss ...more
Mikayla Garren
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I was a little skeptical when a family member gave this book to me. My last read was P.S. I Love You because I am obsessed with the movie, so when I learned this was more of a war story than a cry-your-eyes-out romance novel, I wasn't exactly thrilled. Still, I read it anyway.

Yes, the first couple of chapters were difficult to read. The style of writing is so different. But at the same time, I loved it. I felt like I was reading a song. I guess that's why it's called a lyrical novel. Around chap
Curtis Shelburne
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! As I turned the pages, I found myself immersed in a multifaceted portrayal of the difficult but deep life on a ranch in the American southwest, a complex but joy-filled connection between a young man feeling enslaved by his situation who saves a mysterious black horse, sleek and free. Life on the ranch is complicated, but so is life in a turmoil-filled world as World War II rages. From the ranch, David Dremmer finds himself launched into the midst of that terrible war, flying, ...more
Barry Price
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Move over, Hemingway. Step aside, Faulkner. A new name in American Literature has emerged. Great book, and looking forward to book two!
Esther Somorai
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jesse's Seed by Sam D. Pakan ISBN: 978-1517132323 Review Edition Copyright 2015

I won this book through a Goodreads, first-reads giveaway and from the author. Thank you so much.

For the first one and a half chapters or so, I could not make any sense of what I had read, at all. But, I continued on and from this point everything became clear. When I had finished reading the story, I went back to re-read chapter 1 and some of chapter 2; all I can say is, I must have absorbed what I read the first ti
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
At the beginning, I seriously considered putting the book down and not picking it back up. The story was too fractured and extremely hard to follow. I think that David's back story could be a novel all its own, which would have made it flow better and allowed for more detail. However, as the story progressed, it became much easier to follow, and by the end, I was hooked. ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
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This book was set during WWII and tells what happens to a man named David before and while he was enlisted. Some interesting things happened but I thought it was too long winded.
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Sam Pakan has spent the last twenty-six years pursuing his passion of raising range-fed beef cattle and working with Quarter Horses. Operating the ranch he grew up on, his love of the land is equaled only by his ardor for great books and powerful stories.

He received his MFA in English literature from West Texas A&M University and taught freshman composition at his alma mater for two years. For th

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