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The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint

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Special thanks to NetGalley and Inkshares for allowing me an advanced copy of this book!!

Chase Pletts is an amazing writer, let me start off there. Everything is described to perfection in this book, and done in a way that doesn't halt the story with the usual, "the room looked like this, the person looked like this.." NO! Chase does a wonderful job of adding all the details into the story in a way that seems so fluid, so natural. I thoroughly enjoyed his sentences, his word choices are superb!

The story itself is truly a page turner. Rich with action and adventure, this story will leave you excited for more and sad when it's over. In fact I ended up reading the last couple chapters over and over to try and figure out the ending (not spoiling it)! The character feel so real, and if someone told me this story was actual a historical document, I would believe them. 

I love pioneer type historical fiction and this book does it so well. With the two brothers, one "farmer" one "outlaw", there is a lot of back and forth, stories of the past meld with stories of these character's present. If you are a fan of anything 18th century pioneer type historical fiction, or you just want a really good adventure story...this is THE book!
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The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint by Chase Pletts

Dark, gritty, violent story of twin brothers that managed to survive their childhood then moved on to an adulthood that saw one becoming a farmer with a family and the other an outlaw with a bounty on his head. A difficult meeting between the two after thirteen years apart leads them into a situation where survival is questionable for either of them. 

This story had gunfights, brawls, torture, murder, bounty hunters, people running for their lives, a woman with a dream, a young boy who had seen too much, evil men aplenty and two brothers that are more alike than they are different. 

What I liked: 
* The real feel of the story
* The backstory of the two brothers
* Eldon and Clayton: they managed to make it through years of hardship only to face more in this book. In the end their connection was stronger than either may have realized. I also admired their care for Ian and Minn.
* Minn: a strong woman that deserved the freedom she sought
* The snippets of the past as they were told throughout the book
* The way I began to ponder the lives of the men, their actions, how they ended up where they did and why.
* That there was so MUCH to contemplate
* That I could draw my own conclusions at the end of the story
* The author’s note at the end of the book telling what was happening during the time he wrote most of this story. 

What I did not like: 
* The despicably evil men that were chasing Minn and the brothers
* That there was so much sadness, loss and cruelty more than one experienced 

Did I enjoy this book? Hard to say “enjoy” but I was definitely drawn in and could not stop reading.
Would I read more by this author? Yes

Thank you to NetGalley and Inkshares for the ARC – This is my honest review. 

5 Stars
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The Dakota frontier, 1883. "...the blizzard had swallowed everything-the forest, the river, the men shooting at him...he levered his Winchester...trying to repay the man who'd shot his horse...on foot now...they'd started shooting...five or six, maybe more...[falling] into a ravine...pulled out by a figure...a face he hadn't seen in years, a face just as rough and broken as his own". Eldon Quint, a quiet Farmer and man of few words, had come face to face with his "larger than life" Outlaw twin brother Clayton aka Jack Foss.

The Farmer, a widower, was fighting the blinding snowfall to reach his "...pitched-roof cabin of tarred logs and yellowed chinking...", the humble log cabin built atop the old foundation after their clapboard home had burned. Eldon worried about his sons, Shane, eleven and Ian, seven, left all alone. Farmer pointed his Winchester at Outlaw and declared,"You're not bringing this mess near my house". The mess referred to was the Tricky Bender Gang, out to gun down Jack Foss.

Mounting Outlaw's horse, riding double, the brothers arrived at Farmer's abode and prepared for the Bender Gang's onslaught. Jack had been a "blight" on Eldon's reputation. "Thirty five years of looking after a brother who did nothing but drag him down, who forced him to return to the frontier to raise a family". A gun battle ensued. "A shot punched [Shane] in the gut, piercing the journal in his jacket pocket...scraps of paper floating down, settling on his chest, like flakes of snow, each piece scribbled with dreams, fears, desires. Fanciful stories about gunslingers and cowboys...". Eldon's thoughts turned back to his sins. "They'd cost him a wife, son, brother". Jack's eyes were "all stirred up by the whiskey". Seven year old Ian asks, "Are you gonna kill Uncle Jack?"

At first light, travelling the icy roads, Eldon and seven year old Ian would ride by wagon from Dakota to Springfield to bury eleven year old Shane next to his mother, Hattie. Eldon often sleepless, heard Jack's voice, "Ian's weak...Ye made him weak". A far cry from the tyrannical upbringing encountered by favored first born Eldon and younger twin, Clayton. Ian's kindness was evident. Ask twenty year old, Minn Yancy.

"The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint" by Chase Pletts is a work of western historical fiction exploring the interaction between twin brothers Eldon and Clayton, Farmer vs. Outlaw, respectively. Both are flawed individuals. Both ask God for forgiveness. "Is Uncle Jack a bad man? If you do bad things, can you still be good?" What about Eldon? In order to lay Shane to rest "he would return to a world he'd spent the last thirteen years running from". Which brother is which? "...he caught his reflection in the backbar mirror. The beard...the dark clenched eyes, the cold expression. He looked more like Jack Foss than Eldon Quint". Highly recommended.

Thank you Inkshares and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I received this from Netgalley.com.

"Eldon Quint and his young son must journey to Missouri to bury his recently deceased child, while being pursued by his criminal brother."

Good tale, lots of action which kept the story moving forward. It was interesting how identical twin brothers Eldon and Clayton used the contentiousness between them to keep everything out of balance, I liked not knowing for absolute certain which was the good or (lesser good) evil twin.

4.25☆
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Following a young father and his sons as he tries to outfox his outlaw brother, The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint is a western tour de force! With vivid world building and complex characters, this novel is surprisingly emotional and never steps it down from it's heart-pounding opening scene. 

Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
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