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3.0 out of 5 starsMiddle of the road novel on Custer ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2014
Having already quit on two novels this year, I didn't want to quit this one too so I rode it out. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. What Blake has done is write the book in journal form from Custer's point of view. While on the march to the Little Big Horn Custer reviews his life in a fake journal (I won't say what happens when he gets to the LBH as I don't want to ruin the story for the three people who don't know). Some of the events described actually happened and others are fictitious. There were some errors that should be pointed out so that readers don't get too confused. On pages 97 and 104 where Blake/Custer write that it is 1867, it should have said 1866 (he corrects himself on pp. 134, 140 & 169). On p. 159, Fort Harker should read Fort Riley (see the paragraph that starts with "I cannot remember..."). On p. 209 "headwaters of the Powder" should read "mouth of the Powder." It's pretty quick reading but sort of left me with an empty feeling when I finished. In the end, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't great. Of course, if you are reading it merely as a novel with no care one way or the other about the real Custer and the history of the West, then you may like it more than I did. On a side note, the cover art is pretty good.
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2019
I enjoyed this novel as a review of Custer's life through his reminiscences, but I was disappointed that it fails to include details and exciting incidents that occurred during the journey from Fort Abraham Lincoln to the Little Bighorn - when he is supposedly writing this diary. Most of this novel is inner - with very little happening in the now. Also - some careless factual errors - for example, Blake says they are going down the Yellowstone when they were going up. I would say the best novel about the Custer and the Little Bighorn is <i>A Road We Do Not Know</i>, by Chiaventone.
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2013
A very interesting take on Custer and the march to the Little Bighorn. The book is written as a journal Custer kept on the 7th Cavalry march to the Little Bighorn. He goes back and tells about some of the main events in his life and of course his relationship with Libbie.I like how he takes real events and keeps them historically accurate while trying to give an insight into what Custer might have been thinking. This was supposed to be made into a movie with first Brad Pitt being involved than Oliver Stone. I would hope somebody would do the movie. They should combine this book with other great books on Custer like A Terrible Glory, To Hell with Honor.
4.0 out of 5 starsIt's a Easy Fun historically INFORMATIVE Book
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
A good book I enjoyed it. Michael Blake is well researched as always and gives people, events, places, & time good justice. And with that, it's almost convincing that Custer wrote it himself. Not bad all in all.