Some participants do not have blogs of their own, but we like to give them an opportunity to express their opinions about the books they read for the reading challenges.
Reva read Last Reveille by David Morrell for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here is her review:
The Last Reveille by David Morrell reads like an action movie. Indeed, many of Morrell’s books have become movies. This one is very informative about an episode in American history not widely known.
Around the time when horses were being replaced by motor vehicles and America is considering the plunge into World War I, Pancho Villa makes his raid onto the farm of an American family living in Mexico. Our government came up with a plan to send cavalry into Mexico in search of Villa. The larger purpose would be to train green troops for battle in Europe, to give them real battle experience while waiting for the war in Europe to heat up.
My favorite part of Last Reveille is the character study between the old man and the boy soldier. The old man, Calendar, lived through the massacre of his entire family in the Civil War, hooking up with the Yankees for sheer survival, finally joining the cavalry at the age of 16 illegally. He serves through the Indian Wars, War in Cuba, frozen winters buried under snow higher than the cabin he shelters in, and finally the hunt across Mexico for Pancho Villa. The boy wakes Calendars cold, dead heart as he follows Calendar around seeking safety and lessons in survival in this unforgiving land.
Last Reveille started out lazily but ended up making me think about many things, some fun facts, some deep insights into life and death, all valuable reading.
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