Samuel Moses Cardiff had a plan. He would graduate from the Teachers College in Albany, secure himself a position as a school master and ask his long-time girlfriend to marry him. He had a plan and just one thing stood in his way, the Civil War.
Samuel graduated college the summer Fort Sumter was fired upon and he returned home in time to be enlisted into the 42nd New York Infantry Regiment. His life was put on hold.
Like many of the young men, like Samuel thought the war would be a grand adventure. For him, it turned into a nightmare.
History? Wild West? Strong, flawed, well-drawn characters? Romance? Great plot? Check, check, check, check and check. Yup! Terrific book, well worth reading, with an interesting slant on PTSD (NOT so identified as that would be terrifically anachronistic, but I would speculate the horrors of combat and killing may have affected men going back to the caveman) which provides valuable insights.
But wait! There's more! I had the joy of listening to the audible version (standard disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.) which is superbly narrated by Joseph Durika, who richly brought the characters to life.
I got this book via audiobook boom and this is my review. This is a beautiful western romance. It is a full story but left me wanting to get the next in the series. Sam and Laura's story. The story went from past to present and all in between but was easy to follow. I could feel all of the emotions that Sam was feeling and the narrator was just perfect for the book. I especially liked the scene between Sam and his mother. then the letter he wrote to apologize for his behavior. the ending was very well done. although the story did not fully end it was complete. Not a strong cliffhanger but one anyway.
A good post civil war novel, Lots of strong characters good & bad. A very good plot well edited and very well written and crafted.
Narration is excellent and draws you into the characters and story.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reveiw.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Samuel Moses Cardiff wants to die. It's as simple as that. Worse still, he has spent a lifetime placing himself in positions that should guarantee his death. But he's just too good at what he does to die, and maybe he doesn't want to after all.
Sam would eventually drop his last name and simply be known as Sam Moses; and, if he ever laid down the law of Moses on you in his job as the town marshal, it usually meant you got very little mercy and probably didn't deserve any.
He had plans; he was going to graduate from a teacher's college in upstate New York, marry Patsy, his childhood sweetheart, and live a quiet life as a good husband, a good dad, and a good teacher. But all that changed when his kid brother, Luke, enlists to fight in the civil war. Sam's dad had died only days before he could return home from college, and his mother, more than a little distraught at Luke's decision, insists that Sam sign up and accompany his brother into battle. Her perspective is that Sam can protect his more flamboyant brother.
But fate intervenes, Luke dies, and Sam blames himself from that day forward for breaking his promise to his mother. Worse still, his fiance dies while he is at war.
His meaningless life is something Sam is eager to be rid of. He casts himself into situations that should guarantee his death, but they don't.
That's where we find Sam in post-civil-war New Mexico, where he has signed on as the marshal of a small town. The shield of bitterness he has erected around him ensures that his relations with members of the community are perfunctory and superficial--just the way Sam likes it.
But things change dramatically for Sam when he encounters Laura. She's married to a disabled veteran who credits her with saving him from himself. But a shooting leaves the disabled vet dead and opens a way for Sam to be forced to make choices he never thought he would make.
The author is highly talented, and if you read this, you benefit from a well-researched bit of romantic historical fiction. Quite frankly, I couldn't put it down. While the narrator has a magnificent voice, I thought his falsetto was over the top and distracting--well beneath his otherwise excellent talent. I was also a bit discomfited by the fact that Sam had somehow picked up a Texas-wild-west-frontier-sounding accent despite his New York heritage. The narrator has a great voice; his inflections are spot on; his timber and cadences make him a pleasure to listen to. But I wish he had just done a nice straight narration. Let me be the one to figure out what Laura sounds like in my head; don't distract me with a falsetto that distracts more than it helps.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to have read this, and if you enjoy romantic historical fiction, you can spend a credit on this with no regret. This is apparently a series, and the author crafts these characters well enough that you become invested in their lives, and you'll want to know what happens to them. I hope to be able to listen to other books in the series.
I am not typically a fan of westerns or romances, but was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this tale drew me in! It was the perfect blend of historic storytelling, action and romance along with an introspective look into the mind of a man struggling with demons the only way he knows how. It's a wonderful story of love and redemption!
This is a terrific historical/ western fiction. As I listened I felt as if I was reading Sam's memoir rather than fiction. The listener follows the Marshall as he protects his town to his utmost ability. We are treated to the beginnings of a romance, a murder, cattle drovers , and anything else that fits the story. I came away feeling like I knew the characters, and cared what happened to them. I will be looking for more in this series
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review
What did you like best about this story?
I really liked the main Character Moses. He is one of these guys that you love to hate, but really respect his morals and his faithfulness to the law.
Have you listened to any of Joseph Durika’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but I would listen to another, he is very good.
Any additional comments?
The narration was very good, he really gets the western genre. The book is full of heartache in the old west. These people led hard lives and I think the author portrays that very well.
I would actually rate this book 3½ stars, because the narration ruined it for me. Another good author who hasn't done his homework right, when it comes to audiobooks. Please, choose a good narrator - a proffesional one. Joseph Durika sounded like a cozy grandpa, which I enjoyed, but his female voices are terrible and his pacing inconsistent.
This story is captivating if I'd read the book instead of listening to it. It's very well-written and has a great plot. It has a high level of historical elements from the time of the civil war and I loved the characters. I'll give the author 4 stars, because of the quality of the story, that's only fair.
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
The Law of Moses: Sam and Laura's Story, Book 1
: Kwen Griffeth
This is a terrific historical/ western fiction. As I listened I felt as if I was reading Sam's memoir rather than fiction. The listener follows the Marshall as he protects his town to his utmost ability. We are treated to the beginnings of a romance, a murder, cattle drovers , and anything else that fits the story. I came away feeling like I knew the characters, and cared what happened to them. I will be looking for more in this series.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Joseph Durika's voice and inflection fit the story well.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."