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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
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Redemption of Reverend RowdyFebruary 20, 2015Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another name has joined Father Tim and the Reverend John Ames in my directory of beloved fictional pastors. Rowdy Slater stands apart from the others (and from most real life pastors, I expect) in two important ways:
1. Neither Fr. Tim nor the Rev. Ames could look out over his congregation and say, At one time or another, Ive punched most of them in the face.
2. Neither answered his call to the ministry in order to avoid jail time.
In Feast for Thieves, Marcus Brotherton has created a work of fiction that kept me turning pages long after I should have turned out the light, while, at the same time, setting forth a prototype for pastoral training and development. From the moment of his first exposure to truth, Rowdy was a conflicted prophet with mixed and often misguided motives. Rising to announce his salvation, but distracted by the smell of bacon, he offends a benevolent preacher and misses out on the free breakfast. Later on, mindful of his responsibility to his daughter, he risks everything to honor an obligation to an evil man from his past. Fist-fights and white knuckle journeys at gunpoint move the plot along, but theres a delightful homeliness to the steady rhythm of Rowdys feeling his way into the ministry.
In his pastoral role, Rowdys ignorance is refreshing. He lands with both feet in the first chapter of Genesis and, by including directions for field dressing a squirrel, manages to stretch his first sermon to three full minutes. Although green as grass, Rowdy is spared none of the politics of the pastorate. By failing to omit the third verse of Shall We Gather at the River, he earns himself an anonymous nasty note (That is the way we have always done things around here . . .) and discovers the perennial church music debate. By loving a post-World War II congregation, he is baptized into the mix and mingle of a world of pain, and gets shot at for his trouble. He takes pastoral counseling in stride with more homespun wisdom than biblical knowledge (Well, its worth a wait and see.); and, within days of taking on his position, he launches a successful building program. Rev. Rowdy does systematic theology on the fly, but asks all the right questions (How did God ever know about losing a son?). Problem is that by the time trouble from his past comes calling, its too late to bail out Rowdy already cared too much.
Marcus Brotherton has populated Cut Eye, Texas with a cast of characters that both showcase and facilitate Rowdys transformation from a drifting and dishonorably discharged former WWII paratrooper to a young man with the heart of a shepherd. Theres Miss Bobbie, the sheriffs single missionary daughter who had kept the church doors open throughout the war in Rosie the Riveter style; then, theres her dad, Sheriff Halligan who believes in Rowdy and the town of Cut Eye in equal measure and dreams a future for both. No congregation is complete without its version of Mert, the crusty church secretary, and no Texas town would be believable without its Deuce Gibbons, ringleader of the rabble-rousers. Eventually, nearly the whole town ends up sitting in the pews, from Deputy Roy (who plays older brother to Rowdys prodigal) and Cut Eyes shady mayor to the town floozies and neer do wells. Then, theres faithful Goomer who just wants to hook Rowdy up with some reliable transportation.
Whether the stuff of epiphany or imagination, the lawman beside the river who invited Rowdy to find the good meal and eat your fill got a good thing going for the town of Cut Eye and for Rowdy. With his feet under the table at the Pine Oak Caf and his heart committed to the body of Christ at Cut Eye, Texas, he just may be on his way to eating the good of the land, and let us all remember that whenever any of us come to that table, its a feast for thieves.
This book was provided by River North Fiction, a division of Moody Publishers, in exchange for my unbiased review.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMNovember 18, 2014FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If there was ever a book that should NOT be judged by its cover, this would be it. From the cover I was expecting it to be more warish . . . but it isn't. In fact it is downright humorous in spots. Which was a complete surprise.
I've enjoyed several of Marcus Brotherton's nonfiction books so I knew he was a very talented writer. But this first work of fiction really reveals that he is a master wordsmith. It is my hope that he continues to bless us with more of these tales from his imagination.
The characters in this novel are what make the whole story sing. They are quirky in a way that only small-town folks can be. There's just something about people that know each other so well that they can't stand each other yet love them at the same time. One of the elements that Marcus used in this story was area specific dialogue. I'm from a Southernish area and some of the phrases that his characters used just made me laugh out loud. That is exactly how my people sound!
Above all else that I loved about this story was the redemption theme throughout. We're never far away from falling into a pit ourselves and we should remember that when we see someone stumble. Reach out and give them a hand and help them stand up again. Sherrif Barker took a chance on Rowdy and it changed everything, for Rowdy and the entire town.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun ReadNovember 10, 2014Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
When I first started this book, I wasn't too sure it was going to be for me. The book begins with a crime and then following Rowdy on journey that eventually lands him right back where he started - Cut Eye, Texas.
Once Rowdy gets back to Cut Eye and his life as a preacher begins, this story gets interesting and eventually turned into a page turner for me. Rowdy's life in Cut Eye is full of twists and turns. He meets some characters along the way, but eventually finds a way to make himself fit into the small town life that he has. He find a way to earn the respect of the people in the town and grows the church using some of the most unusual ways imaginable.
Along the way Rowdy becomes very close to the former leader of the church, a female missionary who just happens to be the Sheriff's daughter. Their relationship also spins around in different directions and it is not until the very last paragraph of the book that you learn their true feelings.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is the transformation that Rowdy makes in his life. His story begins as a criminal, but through preaching and reaching others he truly becomes a leader in the church. His heart is changed and we see the effects of that in many circumstances throughout the story. It is during the high-stress events towards the end that we see proof that God has changed Rowdy and made him a better person.
I enjoyed this book and do recommend it as a read.
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.