The Rule of Ranging Book One: Eclipse of the Midnight Sun

Timothy M Kestrel, Author, Jill B Rembar, Editor, Patrick Joyce, Editor
Timothy M. Kestrel. Timothy Kestrel Arts & Media, $32.95 hardcover (315p) ISBN 978-0-9886660-0-9
Reviewed on: 08/26/2013
Release date: 12/01/2012
Ebook - 978-0-9886660-1-6
Paperback - 380 pages - 978-0-615-73008-0
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In Kestrel's kickoff to this historical series, it is 1854 and elderly Mr. Morton tells journalist Henry Raymond about the adventures of an orphaned teen named Finn, recounting a life—presumably Morton's own—full of adventures, wandering, and fighting. Set during the 18th century, the story unfolds as young Finn's initial military zeal leads to service in a series of battles in the New World. The horrors of war are a familiar coming-of-age theme, but Finn seems to carom from one encounter to another with little character growth. While the well-researched and evocative use of historical figures provides a dignified patina to the novel's events, the stilted dialogue and preachy messages of Finn's friends and associates provide a nearly fatal distraction from the vivid depictions of battle.