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Author:  Jack Botts

Title:  Whitestone: The Second Nebraska Cavalry

Publisher:  iUniverse

Reviewer: W. H. McDonald, Jr. – AAA Founder

A Novel about the Cavalry War Against Indians in Nebraska

University of Nebraska professor Jack Botts, who is a prolific writer and author, gives the readers a history lesson with attitude. He captures the events of 1862 and 1863 in the Nebraska Territory with the uprising of Santee Sioux Indians. In his book “Whitestone: The Second Nebraska Cavalry”, the reader is taken out looking for these renegades and thus the beginning of an interesting tale. The author makes history come alive through a skillfully written narrative and a well constructed dialog. His characters move and become real people as you go though the story. He has written this book so you cannot tell easily where real history and fact separates into creative imagination; it is a good bridging between the real and make believe world of his novel. The author’s feelings about that time and place and his compassionate sense of understanding for the men on both sides of these events comes across clearly, although at times, ever so subtle; which only adds more depth to the reading experience.

If you are looking for an exciting “old west” novel that rings true with facts then this is a wonderful book to pick up and read. The book has all the elements that make a great novel. The author writes with attitude and energy. The plot and the interactions between people is first class. This is good entertainment and perhaps even an education on the attitudes and the history of that time period in our nation’s past.

 


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