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Coal Black Horse

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Story

This truly is a very good, interesting and entertaining book, and Robert Olmstead is not as recognized as he probably should be. Though set in the civil war, it's not about the civil war, it just contains elements of it to enhance the story. The imagery is amazing, and ...
This truly is a very good, interesting and entertaining book, and Robert Olmstead is not as recognized as he probably should be. Though set in the civil war, it's not about the civil war, it just contains elements of it to enhance the story. The imagery is amazing, and the eloquent prose in which it is written in is beautiful. It's not on the same level as All Quiet on the Western Front or some of the Cormac McCarthy books in which this has been compared to, but then again, what is on that level? I highly recommend the book, and I am looking forward to the forthcoming sequal.

posted by 901122 on March 30, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

too dark--didn't finish

I was really looking forward to this one. It had the elements I like: a coming of age story, a quest, and civil war fiction. However, it was just too dang dark for me. Now I don't want to disuade anyone from reading it, it has recieved incredibly good reviews from other...
I was really looking forward to this one. It had the elements I like: a coming of age story, a quest, and civil war fiction. However, it was just too dang dark for me. Now I don't want to disuade anyone from reading it, it has recieved incredibly good reviews from other readers so if this is your genre I suggest to give it a try. Perhaps it might be best suited for male readers. Although I couldn't finish it, I couldn't give it only the one star (per my norm for abandoned books)because it does warrant more than that on the quality of the writing.

posted by pjpick on August 7, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    There is a coal black horse in this story, but it's not about him. The lead character is Robey, a fourteen year-old boy sent by his mother on a mission to retrieve his father from the battlefield. In a short novel, Olmstead uses the perfect details to create memorable characters, reveal the crazy face of War, and explore the loss of innocence. Although there is pain and ugliness in the story, there is also beauty and kindness. I hesitate to call anything an instant classic, but if you compare this novel to The Killer Angels or Cold Mountain, it does not suffer much. The universality of the human experience in this tale will bring it back to your mind's eye after you turn the last page. Perhaps it is not even about Robey- perhaps it is about you and me. Do not miss it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Lyrical, beautiful and chilling

    Best novel of war and innocence I have ever read.Describes the most horrible events ever experienced by Americans- the Civil War, through the eyes of a boy. I cannot forget this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Foxstorm

    Lol he purred

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Strongfire

    Sorry but i gtg right now. Cna qe figure this out tomorrow sometime. Really sorry, and not trying to abandon my duties as deputy.
    -Strongfire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Coalstar

    Had to gtb and summer camp)) he did er untill she was expecting kits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Great book

    Interesting historical perspective. I felt like i was right there. Horses were important and necessary then as they are now to those who still ride.

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    Posted November 7, 2010

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    Posted April 25, 2014

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