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Sackett to Me
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
First of all, I would like apologize for the headline.
Second, the first book in the hilariously long-running Sackett series is a perfectly fine, brisk adventure story. I read it off a random recommendation from a stranger, knowing absolutely nothing about it going in. And, in retrospect, I enjoyed it more than I would have thought.
There is a dry, casual tone to the prose. There isn’t much flair to the text (with a stand-out delicious metaphor every now and then). Everything moves at a pretty breakneck pace, from the events to the sentences. It’s a good, quick read (disregard the amount of time it took me to get through it).
The book/protagonist displays a fairly unmistakeable colonialist viewpoint of America, which, considering the historical setting... yeah, that makes sense. But if dreaming of the opportunities of an ‘untamed, free land’ is the kind of thing that’ll turn you off, steer right clear.
At no point did this book take my breath away, but it was an entertaining enough read that I might see how Barnabas Sackett’s efforts to make a name for himself go in the next book or two if the mood strikes me.