Review from OnlineBookClub.org
The story is effectively portrayed; the reader wants to experience what is coming next. There is no lack of plot. The author capitalizes on a terrible life-changing tragedy to transform McDowell’s circumstances utterly. The second part of the story explores how McDowell’s changed circumstances impinge on McDowell, the man; he is angry, and he needs to record his daily life to relieve tension and he wants to write his memoirs to one day proves his innocence. Hiram meets his equal in stubbornness and intransigence. Does Hiram desire redemption?
McDowell is quite a page-turner; the story has life, good characterization. It asks questions about morality, ethics, immigration, journalism, fund-raising, family relationships, and politics. I enjoyed it very much. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars for its in-depth study of the characters; it’s a comprehensive and well-rounded story and its an excellent survey of life in the wilderness.
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