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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Into the Face of the Devil is a romance story of young love, a Western story set in the California gold rush days, a story about killing, and a story about life. John Rose Putnam has given us an all-around good book. Sixteen-year-old Tom is the hero of the story. When the beautiful, blonde-haired Lacey first appears in the café where Tom works, he is instantly drawn to her. Lacey has come to Hangtown to search for her missing father. Tom takes this as his personal mission and will do whatever it takes to find Pa. Tom quickly learns the perils of his plan involve facing both the good guys and the very bad guys. He bravely goes in search of a man many believe is worse than the devil. He suffers wounds to both his body and his heart but will stop at nothing until he accomplishes his goal.
Into the Face of the Devil combines real history with great fiction. The characters are real, the plot is exciting, and Into the Face of the Devil is a sure winner. As we read, we cannot help but cheer Tom on as we watch him turn from a scared young boy to a brave man. It was really hard to put this book down until I reached the last heartbreaking page. John Rose Putnam‘s writing had me up close and personal and part of the story. I felt the pain, anger, love, surprise, and disappointments as though I was standing right next to Tom throughout the story. I would love to see this as a movie; it would be reminiscent of a really good old-time John Wayne western movie. This is a must-read.