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4 Stars Out Of 5
October 5, 2007
General Shermans orders to Ezra Justice are simple enough assemble a small, elite team of soldiers, make things difficult for the Confederacy and help end the Civil War. No one would claim knowledge of Justice, his men or their orders -- if they were caught. The Justice Riders start disrupting the Confederate's supply lines as only they can. As a result of their success, the team attracts the attention of Mordecai Slate and his "Death Raiders." The battle becomes more personal than expected. Former TV action star Chuck Norris and a team of writers have crafted an engaging adventure novel with a simple message of faith interwoven throughout the characters and storyline. If you are remotely familiar with Chucks Walker, Texas Ranger, youll find many of the same characteristics in Ezra Justice.The story begin slowly, but the steamboat crisis had me reading late into the night, and imagining the horrors experienced by the passengers of the doomed Sultana. The ethic diversity of his team was a poignant reminder of how we need each other despite our differences. How they had each other backs and a common unifying purpose. The Justice Riders were unsung Civil War heroes who ventured west to bring justice to places that had none.The Justice Riders was my first read of historical fiction and I was not disappointed despite an abrupt an poorly planned ending with the last paragraph feeling like a token add-on.
The characters in "The Justice Riders" are colorful and interesting, and I enjoyed the action scenes very much. I think that this could be a very interesting book, but unfortunately, the characters aren't very well developed. Also, the plot doesn't flow all that smoothly. An extra concern to me is that, while Ezra Justice briefly questions the consequences of Sherman's March to the Sea, he only mentions the bitterness it might cause, not that plunder and arson on civilian property are war crimes, committed by war criminals.