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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Everything about this historical novel, Brothers and Warriors by Geoff Baggett, is thoroughly and pleasingly professional and polished – from the glorious cover to the writing and the precise editing, the impeccable plot-crafting, and the faultless authentic descriptions of locale, along with an abundance of pitch perfect dialogues between a large cast of deftly created and well-developed characters, and with each imagined moment of decisive story-telling leading to one immensely great read. The author never stumbles while bringing to life the Hamilton family of three colonial brothers – James, John, and William – as they are inextricably drawn into the American Revolutionary War. This first book in a projected series begins with three admirable young men learning to navigate the southern colonial world with only themselves to rely upon as they make their fatherless way by working hard and remaining honest – skills which bring both respect and notoriety as the winds of war storm close.
In Brothers and Warriors, Geoff Baggett has managed to weave his vast knowledge of pre-war and wartime colonial America into a story so convincing and alive that one remembers clearly why he came to reading in the first place – not just to be entertained and distracted, but also to inhabit the story as if it were fully real, and to know the central characters as if they were truly family. One cannot over-praise this author for his accomplishment or his writing. He makes these feats seem simple, for one is too caught up in the story to think much about the required skills for telling it so well. As a professional reviewer, I am loath to engage in superficial hype. This, my friends, is one GREAT read!