by Roy V Gaston Publish: Jan 05, 2018Historical MysteriesThrillersAction & AdventureHistorical Fiction
On the eve of the Civil War, sadistic slave catcher Francois Devol crosses into Ohio and brutally murders a beautiful young woman. Devastated and desperate for vengeance, Cage Carew volunteers for an elite company of scouts and snipers assigned to wipe out the roving Confederate bushwhackers, led by Devol, who cloaks his depravities in the bloody partisan warfare roaring through bitterly divided Tennessee. Surviving ambushes and bloody battlefields, Cage is relentless in his pursuit of Devol,now a colonel in Gen. Nathan Beford Forrest's rampaging cavalry corps. As the War comes to a close, Cage and Devol are on a collision course for a final, fiery conclusion deep in the Okefenokee Swamp. *************** “..an incredible journey through the intricacies of patriotism, loyalty, and justice in wartime. ...an immersive and non-stop field of action, drama and great details garnered from real history....fantastic cameo appearances from many of the central historical figures in the conflict…vividly described battle scenes… How Can A Man Die Better gives a lot more than meets the eye as a deep, well considered and well-penned work of Civil War adventure fiction.” K.C. Finn READERS FAVORITE EDITORIAL BOOK REVIEW *************** Told against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the narrative weaves Cage's story into the tales of those who fight alongside him…. This story is a cornucopia of description. The characters feel alive, many of whom are historical figures. The loathing the reader feels for Francois Devol and his awful treatment of slaves is palpable. Not only does he mistreat them, he commits assault and murder without so much as a pang of regret. One wishes for this antagonist to get his comeuppance, and the result of this makes for satisfying reading. Gaston's handle of language delivers, from gorgeous descriptions of a swamp to the unsavory brothels of Nashville….The reader's lens pulls us from the macroscopic to the microscopic, bringing in the personal detail of one man's struggles during a time when the United States was divided. Gaston's novel is a stark, riveting reminder that even during the worst of times, values such as friendship, loyalty, and tenacity hold humanity together. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Editorial Review written by the Book Review Directory Production Team.
*************** “…an astounding and thoroughly consistent picture of a historical era...Gaston guides the reader safely to the end, thanks to his superior writing skills....Lively dialogues, rich descriptions, and accurate historical research are elements that define How Can a Man Die Better as an epic novel. The book is superlative. Astrid Iustulin READERS FAVORITE EDITORIAL BOOK REVIEW
BIOGRAPHY How Can A Man Die Better is my first novel, and the first book in a soon to be published series. I am starting my writing career after finishing my first career supervising inmate housing units in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
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