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John Legg – Fire Along The Big Muddy – Reviewed 6/2/20 – Read 5/24-25/20 Looking for action, giving lip, and desertion can get you killed… but loving can tame anything! Young Miles Barclay was always looking for adventures, thinking that the Army could give him what he was searching for he joined up. Ending up in a fort that was winding down after the Indians were placed on the reservations. He just could not keep from mouthing off when he was commanded to do something that he thought was beneath him. He stayed in constant trouble, spending more time in the stockade that anything else. Assigned to repair the dock after the hard winter, again in trouble, one of the keelboats pulled in. As the men headed to the fort, one of them stopped and talked to Miles. He was impressed by the man and when he suggested that Miles try to stay out of trouble until his hitch was up, he could join the expedition that he was on. They would welcome him and teach him all that he needed to know to survive in the mountains, trapping and exploring.
Miles tried and for several weeks he did manage it, but Captain Pennington and Sergeant Noordstrom just had it in for him and it did not last. No matter what he did it was always wrong, or he was being insubordinate. Miles just had to hang on for just a few more months, and it would be all over for him. But the story is just beginning…
What did I like? I love the storyline in this book. It is funny, I have known several people in the past that would fit into this same category. They just never seem to get things right, and they were always in trouble. It is too bad that my two friends could not have found this method of taming their inner turmoil. Of course, I do not think either of them could have survived the 1800s. Just too spoiled to the twenty-first century! The history of the army forts is well told, along with the Native Americans and their many problems. The Native Americans indeed believe, if you save a life, that person is in debt to you until that debt can be repaid.
What will you like? Lots of humor, tons of incredible action, intense moments, interesting history, and thought-provoking mystery. The humor will have you chuckling throughout the story, the action is so descriptive that you will feel like you are in the middle of it. The emotional content will bring tears to your eyes, but the mystery of the book will have you hooked to the last page. Beautifully written and the research is amazing. I loved the interaction between the two friends, it was with friends like those as to how the west was won! Another awesome book to add to your Western Library.
4.5 stars. The rogue hero is a private in the cavalry, beset by an inimical sergeant and his company commander. Miles does not suffer fools, or commands from them. So, he's constantly in trouble, especially when he's drinking. Without giving too much away, the fort is boring, since the Indian wars are almost over. But then they have a campaign where Miles finds he's a fighter for justice. He saves an Indian's life, but is court martialled for not following orders. Things get interesting from there. I deducted a 1/2 star because he is not a likeable character who likes getting into trouble. A very interesting read about life on the early frontier.
This book starts out in an army camp with Miles being overly pressured to do his superiors bidding. You might think this is normal army training his case is overly so. He eventually ends up in on a campaign with the Indians and heroically saves one. Then after the abuse he is getting from his superiors gets to be too much he deserts the army and pursues is dream and goes off to trade and trap with a man he met while in the army. If I say too much more I will ruin it by giving too much of the storyline. I do recommend this book and have read several of this authors books and they will not disappoint!
This is a very well written book with a lot of action and a different kind of action hero. The hero kind of falls into the part of the hero from his mis-action that leads his life and the friends he develops. The author does a good job with his characters, developing them and the way he uses them. The way the author wrote the book, shows a lot of fore thought with the story line development. The story doesn’t sound made up, almost like he is writing from somebody’s words. I received this book from the publisher for a review and I would recommend this book.
John Legg gives us a captivating page turner book that takes place in the old West, about Miles Barclay, a soldier that can’t keep his mouth shut and gets into more trouble with his Sargent and Captain than any person should. This book has plenty twist and turns to keep it very interesting. Grab a read and I’m sure you will enjoy. I was given an ARC for my honest review.
I found the story slow and repetitive in the beginning. The language was repetitive and crude, but as the story progressed, the information about the keel boats and the travel up the rivers was interesting. The bullying seemed appropriate with the George Floyd related protests taking place at the time I was reading this book.
A young soldier who is hated by his Commander and Sergeant stays in trouble most of the time. He decides to escape the punishment but faces plenty of trouble. Well written and full of suspense. I highly recommend this author.