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Shavetail by Thomas Cobb
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Jun 13, 2012

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I agree with other reviewers that "Shavetail" gives a realistic and riveting look at life in an isolated Army outpost in the Arizona Territory during the war against the Apache. His portrayal of camp life as boring, dirty, banal and brutal is probably as close to the reality as any author has done. Cobb has done his research, and it is a delight to see his inclusion of historical sources at the end of the book. The characters are quite compelling: Thorne, his fellow soldiers, Brickner, Franklin, Austin, and even Donovan. I did, however, find the preoccupation with the odd relationship between Franklin and Austin a bit tedious. The ramblings were beginning to remind me of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. I would rather have seen more about the camp and activities of the soldiers instead. The ending was somewhat of an anti-climax. Nevertheless, this was an exceptional and entertaining read, especially for someone with an interest in the time period.

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