Apr 28, 2013: This story seems to be a well-researched historical novel following the progress of one Preston Diamond, beginning slightly back before he came into being. The story is set during the American Civil War, and it’s full of interesting historical facts and theories about the relations between America and other nations, as well as internal issues surrounding the war.
The author’s use of language is most interesting, and the way the story is told reminds me of books I’ve read that would be contemporaries of the era this story is recounting. Although I still spotted the occasional typo (‘canvas’ is something you’d wrap bodies in, ‘canvass’ is something you’d do to try to get votes), the reading experience was overall a good one and didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
My one complaint, and indeed the thing that stopped me from reading much further, was something that started in chapter 3, where the author uses dialog that reads like what the character’s accent is supposed to sound like. For me, this type of dialog always throws me right out of the story, but I am aware that it was very much in fashion at one time (e.g., Huckleberry Finn), so I guess it’s accurate enough from a historical perspective. It always kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth, however, especially since the author does as is typical and only gives one character (a black former slave) this sort of treatment, at least up through what I’ve read of this story.
At any rate, I think those who like historical fiction would like this story, especially those who are interested in the American Civil War period. If you’re looking for an action/adventure oriented story set during this time period, I recommend you check this one out.
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