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Posted October 4, 2012
The characters in these stories come alive. You get very invested in outcome. While rooting for Owen, think of a darker side of 007, you also relate to each character. Sure, you do not like the "bad guy", but you are given a chance to see their side of their actions, not just told by the writer what to think. Great example, small town militia....already reason enough to maybe not like them because they don't like outsiders or immigrant workers. Most authors leave it there with expectation you agree that they are bad and need to be dealt with. Author DeBois actually gets you to see the motivation behind what drives this group, their reasoning and thoughts. You still come to the same conclusion, yep, bad guys need to be taught a lesson. However, now you are invested. You have a logical reasoning behind your decision instead of just going along as usual....good guy vs bad guys, good guy does bad things to get rid of the bad guys....you stop just accepting the traditional formula and for once feel like you are part of the story. You agree because you really do, not because you are told to.
The only thing better than getting maybe a huge 500 page book revolving around Owen would be a movie, I am thinking a slighly younger version of the all-women-love-all-men-wish-they-were Sean Connery......nice.