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Book: "THE RECKONING: Saga of a Civil War Blockade Runner"

I never seem to take time to list all the books I read. But I did just finish "THE RECKONING: Saga of a Civil War Blockade Runner," written by Bob Larranaga. (Yes, the weird capitals at the beginning of the title belong to the author, not me -- I find that very strange, personally...)

I actually enjoyed this novel, set during the Civil War and dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which back then was apparently known as "soldier's heart." Protagonist Ed Canfield is likable, as is his son. Though the other characters aren't nearly as well fleshed out (and I'm not all that sure I like the female lead...).

This is set in Florida, which adds to the interest, as I've read very few books of that period set there. I'll admit to skimming some of the sailing-oriented portions of the novel (which bored me in places), even though I'm sure the author had done his research and had things well in hand technically. I would have given this book five stars out of a possible five, except for this error:

"And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." (Revelations 20:13)

That was the end of the book. For those who might NOT know, it's Revelation -- NOT Revelations. I suppose you could call that a small error, but to me it was a glaring one -- especially considering the focus on this passage to end the novel...

Still, I'd give it four stars and recommend it to people who enjoy period works. And to those who like a book full of action and adventure. I came away glad I'd read it.

"Wine in my Sippy Cup," by Deborah Dove was a DELIGHTFUL read -- and not anything I'd normally pick. I'm not sure why I downloaded this one, which features a 30-something, married woman with three children -- as clearly I have little in common with this lifestyle! But you know what? If a book is well-written, you can enjoy things that aren't at all your normal fare...

This was a five star out of five for me. The characters were very real to me -- and I found myself relating to them. Again, that's amazing, coming from a woman nearly twice the age of the main female character, who is single and without children... (grin)

So, I'd recommend both books for totally different reasons! If anyone is looking for something enjoyable to read, I found both books quick and enjoyable reads.

Tags: 2013, book, book-review, books, kindle, march-2013, read, recommendation

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