Far Bright Star

Far Bright Star

by Robert Olmstead


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Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead

The year is 1916. The enemy, Pancho Villa, is elusive. Terrain is unforgiving. Through the mountains and across the long dry stretches of Mexico, Napoleon Childs, an aging cavalryman, leads an expedition of inexperienced horse soldiers on seemingly fruitless searches. Though he is seasoned at such missions, things go terribly wrong, and his patrol is suddenly at the mercy of an enemy intent on their destruction. After witnessing the demise of his troops, Napoleon is left by his captors to die in the desert.

Through him we enter the conflicted mind of a warrior as he tries to survive against all odds, as he seeks to make sense of a lifetime of senseless wars and to reckon with the reasons a man would choose a life on the battlefield. Olmstead, an award-winning writer, has created a tightly wound novel that is as moving as it is terrifying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565129801
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 666,365
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert Olmstead is the author of eight previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. The Coldest Night was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Far Bright Star 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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oldman66 More than 1 year ago
Far Bright Star is a little like kissing your sister. Most of the book is an excellent "tell me a story", however, the end is a bit like a college freshmen literature lesson. With that being said, its still a pretty good read.
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Jeff-in-Orem-Utah More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up based on the description off the back of the book and I am very glad I did. I don't read very many stories of the old west, but I was drawn in and not the least disappointed. The characters are cavalrymen chasing Poncho Villa in Mexico who end up in a violent confrontation and then describes the aftermath through the eyes of one key character. I was pulled into the setting and felt I was with these men throughout their ordeal. Really amazing! Fantastic storytelling. Shockingly violent. It will get your attention and hold it because you will definitely want to know what happens next. Great characters. The language is a bit salty for my usual tastes (although no where near as bad as most modern day novelists!), but really an excellent read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a great story, wrapped in excellent writing. I am looking forward to reading Olmstead's other books.
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Nathan_Henrion More than 1 year ago
After reading through an author's catalog, you sometimes feel disheartened, that you will struggle to find another writer with the same feel and flavor. I felt that way with Cormac McCarthy. Thank God I discovered Robert Olmstead. It isn't imitation, it stands on it's own. Olmstead is the real deal. If you loved Blood Meridian...you WILL love this book. I say without reservation that Far Bright Star will definitely go on the short list of books that I will read over and over again.