REVIEW FOR IN THE BLOOD...
George Washington Skipper is the unlikely hero of this fascinating story by Scott Skipper. Set mainly in the American Civil War, In The Blood follows George Washington Skipper through thick and thin and those of us who knew rather too little before about this time in American history were thoroughly educated on the subject by the end of the war.
Scott tells the story through Washington (as most call him), a most colourful character and one whose impulses guide him far more than his intellect, although Washington is by no means a simpleton and is in many ways a wiley hero with a definite penchant for the ladies.
"My stars!" is the expletive Washington uses when life throws him a surprise or two and I for one found it had seeped into my own vocabulary before reaching the last page.
Without wishing to give anything away,Washington's proclivity for falling in love at the drop of a hat made for some amusing antics and indeed Washington, and many of the other characters, have a wonderfully comic turn of phrase even in times of adversity. One of those characters is a soldier by the name of Beatty who loves to tease Washington about the ladies and Washington is apt to reply: "One of these days, Beatty, I might mistake you for a yankee and shoot you on sight" but we are never in doubt these soldiers would lay down their life for each other should that prove necessary.
I personally felt that the first chapter was too complex for the average reader to digest as I struggled to understand all the ancestry and it reminded me of the early part of the Bible where everyone is begetting everyone else. In the end, I found myself skimming to the more meaty Chapter 2 and felt that was where the story really begins.
For anyone will a deep interest in American History, this book is a must and Scott's story-telling is wonderfully warm and descriptive. he has certainly done his homework and it shows. I was filled with admiration for this writer's skills.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)