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Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States after the war, turns his life around, and falls into the only job he can find-preacher at the sparsely populated community church in Cut Eye, Texas, a dusty highway town situated at the midpoint of nowhere and emptiness. The town's lawman, suspicious that Rowdy has changed his ways only as a cover up, gives an ultimatum: Rowdy must survive one complete year as Cut Eye's new minister or end up in jail.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2014
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Sergeant Rowdy Slater is the most skilled-and most incorrigible-soldier in Dog Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, an elite group of paratroopers fighting for the world's freedom in World War II.
Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States after the war, turns his life around, and falls into the only job he can find-preacher at the sparsely populated community church in Cut Eye, Texas, a dusty highway town situated at the midpoint of nowhere and emptiness.
The town's lawman, suspicious that Rowdy has changed his ways only as a cover up, gives an ultimatum: Rowdy must survive one complete year as Cut Eye's new minister or end up in jail.
At first Rowdy thinks the job will be easy, particularly because he's taking over for a young female missionary who's held the church together while the men were at war. But when a dark-hearted acquaintance from Rowdy's past shows up with a plan to make some quick cash, Rowdy becomes ensnared due to an irrevocable favor, and life turns decidedly difficult.
Rowdy's a man used to solving problems one of two ways: with his rifle or with his fists. Will he be able to thwart his old friend's evil schemes while remaining true to his new higher calling?
This is a wild ride of a book bursting with a bank robbery, kidnapping, desperate prayers, and barroom brawls. Before the smoke clears, all sides just might end up getting exactly what they want.
This debut historical novel from Brotherton, who has written many nonfiction titles about war veterans (We Who Are Alive and Remain), was inspired by the true story of a paratrooper named Wayne "Skinny" Sisk in Easy Company, featured in the book Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. An "incorrigible" man, Rowdy Slater, becomes a preacher after the war. His first sermon is a disaster, but one line summarizes his insight: "If God could care for a ruffian like Cain, even with everywhere he'd been and with all the wrong he'd done, then I reckon God could care for someone like me." Rowdy's story unfolds with satisfying unpredictability, offering plot twists that would be unbelievable if not for strong motivations that encourage suspension of disbelief. The two loves of Rowdy's life are one of many surprises. Dialogue is colloquial and historically rooted, as in Twain's Huck Finn. The short novel is packed with action, intrigue, and scoundrels who have Rowdy over a barrel. Readers will want to find out exactly how the unlikely hero is going to escape yet another predicament. - Publishers Weekly, 7/11/14
Highly recommended! A hard-edged and well-crafted novel, with surreptitiously smart prose, confident plotting, and characters you feel you know. - Michelle Burford, founding senior features editor of O, the Oprah Magazine
Feast for Thieves is smart, gritty, and inforgettable. Filled with calamity and humor, this book is a hands-down winner. It's about time veteran writer Marcus Brotherton added his powerful voice to fiction. His writing voice is superb. - Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Book of Mortals series
An exhilarating story told in a neo-Western genre, of all things. Masterful and riveting, humorous yet poignant. Anyone who enjoys books by Ted Dekker, Randy Alcorn, or Leif Enger will enjoy every story woven by Marcus Brotherton. This unique and page-turning adventure will harvest a whole new fold of fans. - Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Free
Part Band of Brothers, part True Grit, this is the rollicking tale of a wartime hero's fight to find his place in a post-war world. Rich with action, Feast for Thieves is cinematic storytelling at its best. - Adam Makis, New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call
As a great admirer of Marcus Brotherton's nonfiction work, I was eager to dive into his debut novel. Feast for Thieves does not disappoint. From the first page, Rowdy Slater emerges as a character to root for, complete with flaws, charm, and an unshakeable conscience. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end, a wonderful tale of redemption that will leave readers hoping for a sequel. - Kristina McMorris, bestselling author of The Pieces We Keep
A gutsy, never-preachy story filled with massive redemptive undercurrents. Why read this? Ultimately it's a book of hope, and it shows how anyone's heart can be changed. - Matt Carter, lead pastor, Austin Stone Community Church, Texas, and coauthor of The Real Win
Marcus Brotherton has crafted more than a rousing story here. He's created characters who leap off the page and a small corner of the world you can lose yourself inside, all held together with stirring prose. I really enjoyed this book. - Billy Coffey, bestselling author of The Devil Walks in Mattingly
This story is a delight. There is a strong sense of literary quality here, combined with a remarkably unique redemptive message. The characters are real, the descriptions potent, and the force of a good story well told is strong throughout Highly recommended. - Davis Bunn, bestselling novelist, writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University
Cindy Loven5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this story!October 15, 2014Cindy LovenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book! As a preacher's kid and wife, this book had me in stitches, the concept was so fun. I laughed and cried my way through the book. Most definitely a book that I will be keeping, but first I have to let my daddy read it. Rowdy was a bit slow sometimes knowing what was going on, but when he caught on, he was sharp as a tack. I have to say my favorite scene was his first sermon and the reaction of the congregation. The old lady slapping him had me nearly howling. This book was great. I also enjoyed the bit at the end, that the author included about where he got the inspiration for the story. Very interesting information, I hope some of the family sees this book and contacts him. 5 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. No payment was received for this review.
KateAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A captivating story!October 6, 2014KateAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have to say, I've been on a WW2 kick lately and I've enjoyed each story I've read. Feast of Thieves was different in it's look of WW2, it looked at the life of a solider after war. Coming home, what was there to do...what if there were no jobs, what would you do then?
Rowdy Slater made his introduction with a bang...in the midst of a bank robbery. He comes flying off the pages right away, but unlike most bank robbers, he has a conscious that tickles him and follows him along until he decides to do the right thing.
Rowdy's offer by the sheriff is a unique one and it is one that Rowdy is not trained for, it shows in his first sermon. It was hilarious and cringe worthy all at the same time. Thankfully, Rowdy does have guidance from Bobbie, the missionary who has been filling in the small church. She has been doing her best in the small town, but it seems everything has been fighting against the church and the people wanting more from it. As time goes by and Rowdy gets into this job, he really opens up and things start to change.
However, when things are doing ok, and his chopped wood pile is a good size, Rowdy's past shows up and throws him under a train. After finding out why Rowdy started in to robbery and hearing of his past, I couldn't help but think, what else could have done? My goodness, the things he is fighting against doesn't quit. You feel horrible for him, and with the pressure, what else could he have done. I had so much sympathy for him and I was glad he had people in his corner.
Marcus Brotherton has such a captivating way to tell the story. He starts you out with the character and he slowly unwinds them before your eyes and you are able to get to know them better and your ideas slowly change with the new revelations and you just hope that things will work out.
This was a story that I started to read and before you know it, quite a bit of time has past and a third of the book as been devoured. There is a realness to the story that connects you instantly to the characters. You either understand the struggles these characters are facing or know someone similar.
Thank you to Side Door Communications, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Feast for Thieves, Debut Novel by Marcus Brotherton, 2014September 29, 2014KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Monday, September 29, 2014
Feast for Thieves, Debut Novel by Marcus Brotherton, 2014
A Rowdy Slater Novel
Author Marcus Brotherton's first historical fiction novel released three weeks ago, following his several non-fiction books. I am encouraged by seeing "A Rowdy Slater Novel" upon reading Feast for Thieves, in hopes there will be further writings about this protagonist!
Cut Eye, Texas, in 1946 is looking for just the change Zearl "Rowdy" Slater can bring ~ but... they don't know it yet, nor does Rowdy. In fact, he tries to leave Cut Eye but heads back to right a wrong. Inconceivably, Sheriff Halligan Barker suspects he has just the job for Rowdy, and calls Rowdy's former commander, Colonel Robert Sink, for a reference. Just as he suspected ~ Rowdy is his man.
Rowdy is experienced in bar fights, sharpshooter, and he has a conscience. Rowdy has a goal of staying out of jail by surviving a full year in Cut Eye as ~* the new Cut Eye Community Church preacher, Rev'rund Rowdy Slater. Beginning the story, I think of Jan Karon's fictional town of Mitford, North Carolina. The dialogue is tuned to the times and location, and the town has its distrustful and suspicious, grumps you can never seem to please, and those who think they are in charge. Sheriff Barker says to meet with Bobbie ~ whom Rowdy thinks is Bobby ~ until he meets a young woman who instructs him of his duties, taking over for her so she can go to language school to prepare as an overseas missionary.
You will not be disappointed in the turns and twists that come Rowdy's way. I especially liked how his ingenious way brings the men to church. He gets to know the people in the small town repeatedly. Meals at Cisco Wayman's caf come with his job ~ except the first morning he finds the proprietor doesn't know that. Hungry, he is turned away. Fortunate for him, Mrs. Wayman knows to feed him when he returns on her shift. The church secretary has been there eighteen years and likes things done in a certain way, especially punctuality.
I liked how Rowdy becomes endeared to the townspeople. He doesn't always get it right, learning along the way. Feast for Thieves is a humorous, growing, example of a life that is changed that gives hope. Choices: forgiveness and second chances are real and available for all. Long thought on after the last page, Feast for Thieves feeds hungry souls beyond their appetite for food. I read this book in two days, only because I finally needed to go to bed! Great works; applicable to any generation.
***Thank you to author Marcus Brotherton for this fine story and to Moody Publishers/River North for sending me this review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5An Amazing BookSeptember 11, 2014MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes I request and book to review and then worry that I might regret it. That happened with this book BEFORE I read it.
However, once I opened the book I didnt want to put it down. It. Was. So. Good.
From the first page you are thrown in to the wild world of Rowdy Slater and each page after brings a new twist and turn. Sometimes fun twists, sometimes tense twist. You just never know. But there is never a dull moment in this book.
Rowdy is such a likeable character in a very odd way. He isnt really a nice guy at first but Marcus did a fabulous job of making me care about this rough and tumble man, who seems to be trying to find out where he fits in the world now that the war is over.
Sometimes I just wished he would keep his mouth shut, it seems to get him into a lot of trouble. I couldnt wait to see how or if God would get a hold of this man.
Marcus has written a wonderful story and I say that coming from the fact that this is not my typical read. Men and women and alike would enjoy this book. I cant wait to read more about Rowdy and his adventures.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A man's redemption begins when he learns who he really is!September 5, 2014Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have to begin by telling you that no matter how hard I tried to keep this novel in its current time period of 1946, for some reason during parts of it I kept envisioning later 1800's during the Wild West period. I think that was in part to the reference of taverns and dance hall girls which is reminiscent of the Old West. However, this is such an exceptional story and one you won't want to miss due to the powerful nature of second chances and forgiveness for anyone.
In Feast for Thieves by author Marcus Brotherton, Zearl "Rowdy" Slater is returning home from World War II, seeking to find his place in the world. But for a man with no money, no job, a record, and a personality that tends to be, well, a little on the eccentric side, settling down presents a bit of a challenge.
Desperate to scrap together some cash, Rowdy robs a bank alongside his friend, Crazy Ake, in the backwoods and backwards - town of Cut Eye, Texas. But, after nearly getting caught, something changes inside and he finds himself walking into the sheriff's office to return the money, but never admitting his role in its disappearance. Suspicious that Rowdy had more to do with it than he admits, the sheriff gives him a crazy proposal - serve one year as the minister at the Cut Eye Community Church or head for the slammer.
Seeing it's either ministry or a jail cell, Rowdy gets to work. But he soon discovers that there's more to being a minister than meets the eye. Between learning about the work from the former pastor, the beautiful Bobbie Barker, visiting parishioners, fist fighting with the bar crowd to get more men to attend, or trying to figure out how to write a sermon (his first - how to skin a squirrel - didn't go over very well), Rowdy is in over his head but working hard to carve out a new life.
I received Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton compliments of Side Door Communications and River North Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and received a complimentary copy of the book to review. This is such a great novel, because of the humor you find when Rowdy attempts to go straight from his first sermon to his unique way of getting more people to church by taking on all the men who would rather frequent the tavern on Friday night than attend church. It's truly about a man finding his true identity and not the one everyone see's from the outside. It's about finding true forgiveness and second chances where you'd least expect to find them and getting your fill of more than just great food. It's message has a more powerful delivery being told as a fiction than as a non fiction and one that will last long after you finish the final page. I'd rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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