review: Horton’s Bend –

Right here’s the primary assessment for my 2021 Studying Objectives, which I introduced again in November as catching up on my backlog of Kindle books.

I added Horton’s Bend by Dave Davis a couple of years in the past after I got here throughout it looking for Horton’s Bend: George Washington Horton and His Kin by Annette Horton Herrington (a family tree reference e-book).

Davis’s Horton’s Bend is a novel labeled as “An Archaeological Thriller”, which isn’t a prolific subgenre. What intrigued me with this e-book is that the piece of land in query, round a bend within the Oostanaula River in Rome, Georgia, belonged to a department of my household a number of generations again. The truth is, I grew up fairly close to the positioning and nonetheless have household ties within the space.

Sadly, there aren’t any writer notes to accompany this e-book, and I haven’t discovered any strong info on the writer. His data of native historical past, archaeology, and museum politics leads me to consider he has in all probability labored within the business. There are a few present critiques on Amazon that give imprecise unfavorable opinions, nonetheless, I usually ignore these in the event that they don’t elaborate. On this occasion, I discovered I didn’t fairly agree with them–there’s a combination of professionals and cons to my estimation.

Within the e-book’s favor, it’s fast-paced and holds curiosity fairly nicely with introducing characters and constructing motion. There’s not an overabundance of characters to maintain up with, and every one appears well-fleshed and plausible. The historical past bits take a look at with my data of the world and what I do know of Hernando de Soto and the Mississippian tradition.

Nonetheless, it is stuffed with grammatical errors and misspellings, which might have been simply prevented by hiring an editor. This can be a frequent affliction of self-published books. One other subject is that the story appeared to be main as much as some grand that means, nevertheless it fell quick within the telling. It was overly imprecise with the reasoning, giving a beforehand “mysterious” character a protracted, drawn-out spiel on the finish that didn’t actually seize what I believe the writer needed to convey. Lastly, it was obvious the writer is male by the way in which the ladies within the story are described. There’s no determine critiquing of the male characters like there are of the females.

If this e-book have been to be expanded upon and positioned within the arms of an excellent editor, it has the potential to be a gem for native and Georgia historical past readers. I’m left questioning if my ancestors’ lands do in reality maintain historic Native American secrets and techniques!


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