I bought The Horse Keeper after reading an extract on The New Authors Showcase and I am not disappointed. The writer pulls no punches. Slavery was barbaric,brutal and a grotesque injustice.The battle scenes are terrible , graphic and horribly realistic.Thelast two chapters hit like a hammer.And the players are so human and believable that they bring a tear to the eye.
by Steve Coleman
Speaking as a Civil War Buff,this is riviting,from beginning to end.Can't agree more with the previous review. The last two chapters really encapsulate the tragedy,pain and loss in a dramatic and poetic fashion.The way that the writer as woven the story-line within the fabric of historical facts is beautiful and painfully dramatic.The research into the battles is intricate and brutally potrayed.A very good and informative read.
by Len Clements
Action packed, brutally honest and very interesting, from start to finish. Only the boys who fought in these terrible battles would of really known the sheer horror of this terrible war.But this writer has obviously done his best to try and portray what they suffered and died for.
by Gary Burns
Lee was a military genius,who could pull off spectacular victories, despite being outnumbered and out-gunned. In The Horse Keeper the reader is given fleeting glimpses of how and why he became legend incarnate and was revered by his men,in a short space of time.
by Alex Mc Donald
A fascinating read.Most books which I have read are not on the side, but are written from the position of the Unión.AR Forte is trying to portray the battles and war through the eyes,ears and views from the position of the rebel foot soldier. And he covers both of the Eastern and Western battles.Up until Vicksburg and Gettysburg the Unión were losing the war badly and the writer is even prtraying how the Unión finally turned around the war after 4 years of terrible bloodshed.
by Patrick O'Shea
This is the first time that I have read a work that is trying to portray slavery and the war through the experiences, pain and suffering of a black slave woman that has survived appalling tragedy and grief.The profound part Belinda plays in The Horse Keeper, is a story within itself carefully crafted and woven into the fabric of the main theme.
by Sandra Croft
Emotive, graphic and deeply perceptive writing.I have read all of AR Forte's work and his narratives speak to the reader loud and clear.The battles scenes are absolutely terrifying.
by Steve Willis
What is particularly fascinating about this work is that the writer is starting out from the life, heart and soul of a very young man of his time and generation,who is completely innocent and oblivious of what is about to happen to him and his generation.This is why the battle scenes are so gut wrenching and pitiful.
by Neil Sudbury
The best American Civil War novel that I have read. He crams a lot of details into the story-line. I discovered a lot of things that I did not know about some of the most epic and terrible battles of this tragic war.
by Gordon Lorre