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The sweeping saga continues! Reid Lance Rosenthal has done it a
Reid Lance Rosenthal has done it again in Maps of Fate, the second book in the Threads West series. This well-written and rich, sweeping saga is packed with adventure, romance, history, conflict, and emotion. It's as riveting as the first b...
Reid Lance Rosenthal has done it again in Maps of Fate, the second book in the Threads West series. This well-written and rich, sweeping saga is packed with adventure, romance, history, conflict, and emotion. It's as riveting as the first book of the series and continues the journey of memorable characters who seek their destiny, fight for what they believe in, and work as hard as they love. This book is a page-turner by an author with a deep love and respect for the unvarnished and rarely written-about history of the American West, including Jewish cowboys/settlers from Europe. The many riveting threads of the characters in the saga unveil the struggles of settlers, cowboys, mountain men, Native Americans and slaves from about 1855-1875. The Native American threads of the story ring true and poignant, as authentic and moving as Dances with Wolves. Far more romantic/sexy than McMurtry ever wrote, Maps of Fate reveals the dark underbelly of the development of the West as well as its shining triumphs. The women are not just eye candy in a costume historical. Maps of Fate is the real thing, the West coming alive and growing, and this story has a real feel of how the West was won, by men AND women. Well-researched, recommended read, five stars! -- Eve Paludan, author of The Man Who Fell from the Sky and Taking Back Tara
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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Threads West, An American Saga is a refreshingly different look
Rosenthal has a refreshingly different spin on the presentation of humanity in this series and a moving sensitivity to the plight of slaves and native Americans. I will not sit here and say this is like "Lonesome Dove" or "Dances with Wolves", because Threads has its own style, its own very unique and poignant message. There is an amazingly just treatment of all groups represented, with the exception perhaps of the cheeky under-current of venom directed at government,,,, whoops I digress. What i did note is the equitable audience given to all peoples, across the board. All are represented and all are unequivocally, undeniably human in their dreams, their fears, their lives and their loves. There is an undeniable thread connecting each to the other and them to us.
My favorite part --- the character development of a most cruel outlaw, and how he is juxtaposed with the most noble hero. Rosenthal's treatment of the psychological development of that (outlaw) character and the spirit of healing brought forth by an unlikely relationship is astounding, surprising, heartwarming and completely believable and consuming...my god i can't wait for Book III: Uncompahgre.
But don't let this talk of emotionally moving tenderness fool you. Maps of Fate is literally chock full of gut-wrenching action....be it the chase scene, Indian raid, or renegade assault, Rosenthal pulls no punches. It's raw, uncut, unedited and in your face! Thanks to Maps, i now have a visual and audio of the grotesque feel of a scal......
Aha!! but wait... this review would not be complete without a snippet of the sensual side of humanity... and yes, every angle of this is explored and presented,,, some delicate, and the other kind. No, this is not the syrupy romance of romance novels... rather, Rosenthal explores the primal raw drive which most of us are trained to pretend does not exist, yet below the surface, again, simmers undeniable. I think perhaps this is one of Rosenthal's real talents,,, to cut through the pretty charades, the masks and pretenses and expose our very human humanity.
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Posted August 21, 2012
Interesting characters, evocative scenery and thought provoking
Interesting characters, evocative scenery and thought provoking AmericanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
history An enjoyable Western adventure story, Reid Lance Rosenthal’s
Maps of Fate takes the mixed cast of characters from book one of Threads
West on a wagon train across America in the late 1850s. Readers really
don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this story, and I never
found myself referring back to it. While there are lots of characters,
the structure of the wagon train keeps them well-defined—who lives in
which wagon, who rides with whom etc. Nicely drawn details of everyday
living bring the world to life, from how to circle wagons to the
problems of crossing a river, from jerky fires to women’s laced boots,
Kentucky long rifles and the feel of a horse’s “warm, moist muzzle”
brushing a character’s cheek. I liked the sense of North America about
to contract as railroads promise development. Slavery’s becoming a
national issue. Immigrant Jews are moving West. And Indians struggle
with broken treaties as wrong-doers on both sides erode their sense of
trust. The novel follows the wagon train to journey’s end in a small
town, with miles yet to be traveled, maps to be studied and claims to be
set, but the story still has a pleasing sense of completion, even as
characters come to the fore. Book three will, I'm sure, be just as
interesting. I enjoyed book two more than book one in this series. The
history, while not completely accurate, was pleasingly evocative. The
writing, while occasionally wordy, felt appropriate and kept me turning
pages. The characters became deeper, making me really care about them.
And the dialog felt true to life. An enjoyable Western, sufficiently
complete to satisfy, complex enough to build genuine mystery and
character, and sufficiently incomplete to leave the reader wanting more,
this one’s a good solid read, evoking a life long gone in a world of
possibilities. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel in
exchange for my honest review.
Posted May 19, 2012
MAPS OF FATE: THREADS WEST, AN AMERICAN SAGA by Reid Lance Rosen
MAPS OF FATE: THREADS WEST, AN AMERICAN SAGA by Reid Lance Rosenthal is an American Saga set in the spring of 1855. It is continues the story of generations through the wilds of the west. While, “Maps of Fate” is book #2 in the “Threads West an American Saga” series, it can be read as a stand alone. See, “Threads West”. A complex saga of family,Indians,tragedy,lost,grief,honor,sacrifice,innocence and love. An epic tale of love,struggle,passion of our forefathers of the West.A fast paced,action packed adventure. If you enjoy the T.V. series,”Lonesome Dove” and the stories of L’Amour you will want to pick up your copy of ”Maps Of Fate”. A heart rendering tale with an explosive conclusion which will stay with the reader long after the last page and leave the reader looking forward to Book 3 in the series. A must read for Western,historical,Old West,Americana,and romance readers. Written with vivid descriptions and rich details of the era. Received for an honest review from the publisher/author. Details can be found at Rocking’SR Publishing,the author’s website, and My Book Addiction and More.
*Coming next, Book Three of the “Threads West,An Americal Saga Series*
HEAT RATING:Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
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Posted April 27, 2012
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