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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feast for Thieves - Review and Giveaway

I have to begin by telling you that no matter how hard I tried to keep this novel in its current time period of 1946, for some reason during parts of it I kept envisioning later 1800's during the Wild West period. I think that was in part to the reference of taverns and dance hall girls which is reminiscent of the Old West. However, this is such an exceptional story and one you won't want to miss due to the powerful nature of second chances and forgiveness for anyone.

In Feast for Thieves by author Marcus Brotherton, Zearl "Rowdy" Slater is returning home from World War II, seeking to find his place in the world. But for a man with no money, no job, a record, and a personality that tends to be, well, a little on the eccentric side, settling down presents a bit of a challenge.

Desperate to scrap together some cash, Rowdy robs a bank alongside his friend, Crazy Ake, in the backwoods and backwards - town of Cut Eye, Texas. But, after nearly getting caught, something changes inside and he finds himself walking into the sheriff's office to return the money, but never admitting his role in its disappearance. Suspicious that Rowdy had more to do with it than he admits, the sheriff gives him a crazy proposal - serve one year as the minister at the Cut Eye Community Church or head for the slammer.

Seeing it's either ministry or a jail cell, Rowdy gets to work. But he soon discovers that there's more to being a minister than meets the eye. Between learning about the work from the former pastor, the beautiful Bobbie Barker, visiting parishioners, fist fighting with the bar crowd to get more men to attend, or trying to figure out how to write a sermon (his first - how to skin a squirrel - didn't go over very well), Rowdy is in over his head but working hard to carve out a new life.

I received Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton compliments of Side Door Communications and River North Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and received a complimentary copy of the book to review. This is such a great novel, because of the humor you find when Rowdy attempts to go straight from his first sermon to his unique way of getting more people to church by taking on all the men who would rather frequent the tavern on Friday night than attend church. It's truly about a man finding his true identity and not the one everyone see's from the outside. It's about finding true forgiveness and second chances where you'd least expect to find them and getting your fill of more than just great food. It's message has a more powerful delivery being told as a fiction than as a non fiction and one that will last long after you finish the final page. I'd rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.

For more information about Feast for Thieves, Marcus Brotherton, or where you can pick up a copy of this novel today, please click on the links below:

Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton

You can also find Marcus Brotherton on Facebook to stay up to date on all his latest novels.

To read more reviews on Feast for Thieves, please visit River North Publishing.

Thanks to the generosity of Side Door Communications and River North Publishing, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart. Here are your guidelines to enter:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart. 

2. "Like" Marcus Brotherton's Facebook page. While you're there leave him a comment.

3. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

4. Leave me a comment below telling me why you'd love to win a copy. Don't forget to include your email address so I can notify you  if you're the winner when this giveaway ends on September 16th. You can use the words (at ) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

I will notify the winner by email on September 16th, so please be sure to include it below with your comments.


  1. I am an e-mail subscriber. I follow your blog. I enjoyed your captivating review and would love to read this novel. Many thanks for this feature. I liked Marcus Brotherton's Facebook Page. . saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I really enjoyed the review and would love to win a copy of the book. I enjoy books from the WWII period. My dad was a WWII vet and was wounded twice and received two purple hearts. I have liked Marcus Brotheron's page and also signed up to receive your newsletter.

    Ann Ellison

  3. This sounds like a wonderful story. From the battles of WWII in Europe, deep into the heart of Texas. Lots of opportunities for action and, I hope, redemption as well. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks.
    I follow your blog daily by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
    I also liked Marcus' page and left a thank you comment: Carl Scott
    Thanks again for the chance to win.

  4. I understand what you mean about being hard to imagine it in the correct time period. I have read books that were set in 1920 but in my mind I kept picturing the old west. I guess because actually even in the 1920s it was more like the old west that it is now so my mind found it hard to grasp the time difference. To me the old west was long long ago. I would like to win so I can read this book.

  5. I love WWII novels. I have several family members who fought in WWII and do a lot of research on the subject. Would love to read this. rebeccalyn73(at)Hotmail(dot)com


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