Review: Feast for Thieves: A Rowdy Slater Novel by Marcus Brotherton

October 6, 2014

Title: Feast for Thieves: A Rowdy Slater Novel
Author: Marcus Brotherton
Publisher: River North
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0-8024-1213-3
Publication Date: September 1st, 2014

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.
I 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 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.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
MARCUS BROTHERTON is the author or coauthor of more than twenty-five nonfiction books. Notable works include Shifty's War, A Company of Heroes, and the oral history project, We Who Are Alive and Remain: untold stories from the Band of Brothers, a New York Times bestseller. This is his first novel.

Thank you to Side Door Communications, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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