Feast for Thieves: A Rowdy Slater NovelMarcus Brotherton
Sergeant Rowdy Slater was part of an elite group of paratroopers, fighting in World War II. He was easily regarded as the most skilled soldier in the group. Yet, all of his experience could not prepare him for this. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to t... Read More
Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States, turns his life around, and falls into the only job he can find-- a preacher in the small town of Cut Eye, Texas. The town's lawman, suspicious that Rowdy has changed his ways only as a cover up, gives an ultimatum: Rowdy must survive one complete year as Cut Eye's new minister or end up in jail.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 1, 2014
- UPC: 9780802412133
- Height: 0.7
- Width: 5.5
- Length: 8.5
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 288
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0802412130
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- An Offer You Can't Refuse! by Tickmenot on 4/22/2016
Become a pastor for a year, or go to jail. What would you choose? Imagine a guy, named Rowdy, who did many brave things during World War II. He received recognition and advancement in rank, only to lose it all at the end of the war. All because Rowdy attempted to defend a lady's honor, he was unfairly jailed, and stripped of everything he achieved in the military. While in prison, he is befriended by Crazy Ake. He is a handy guy to have on your side inside the jail, but a real liability outside of it.
After his release from prison, Rowdy finds himself broke and down on his luck. Rowdy unwisely agrees to pull a holdup in a small Texas town with Crazy Ake. In the confusion after the robbery, they are separated, and Rowdy ends up with all the cash. Rowdy then decides to turn himself in to the local sheriff, and return all the money.
And that is when the story really gets interesting, because the sheriff makes him a most unusual offer. If Rowdy will take over as the minister of their local church, and do the job for a year, his debt will be paid. No jail time will need to be served.
The author takes us on a wild ride while Rowdy, who has no religious background whatsoever, attempts to pastor a church. While doing that, he is instructed by the sheriff's single daughter on how to be a pastor, he begins to learn about God, and starts reading the Bible. But he is also being pulled back into the dark side by Crazy Ake, even when Rowdy doesn't want to be. Before this book is over there is humor from church people, and Rowdy's attempts to pastor them. There is also danger, stolen money, and an ending full of twists and turns.
This is a very original story idea. The author does a great job telling this tale, of making you actually believe something like this could happen. Envision a robber who wants to return all the stolen money, and is then given the choice of becoming a pastor, or going to jail. It is such an outrageous idea, but because it is, it will make you think, what would happen if such a choice was given to someone in real life? It is so crazy, that it is almost believable, in the category of truth is stranger than fiction, that is. There is also some very good Christian theology interjected between all that is happening in Rowdy's often crazy life. Some seamier sides of life are referred to, but not gone into detail about. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction.
The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Feast for Thieves, through Moody Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 11/18/2014
If there was ever a book that should NOT be judged by its cover, this would be it. From the cover I was expecting it to be more warish . . . but it isn't. In fact it is downright humorous in spots. Which was a complete surprise.
I've enjoyed several of Marcus Brotherton's nonfiction books so I knew he was a very talented writer. But this first work of fiction really reveals that he is a master wordsmith. It is my hope that he continues to bless us with more of these tales from his imagination.
The characters in this novel are what make the whole story sing. They are quirky in a way that only small-town folks can be. There's just something about people that know each other so well that they can't stand each other yet love them at the same time. One of the elements that Marcus used in this story was area specific dialogue. I'm from a Southernish area and some of the phrases that his characters used just made me laugh out loud. That is exactly how my people sound!
Above all else that I loved about this story was the redemption theme throughout. We're never far away from falling into a pit ourselves and we should remember that when we see someone stumble. Reach out and give them a hand and help them stand up again. Sherrif Barker took a chance on Rowdy and it changed everything, for Rowdy and the entire town.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Fun Read by Karen on 11/10/2014
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
When I first started this book, I wasn't too sure it was going to be for me. The book begins with a crime and then following Rowdy on journey that eventually lands him right back where he started - Cut Eye, Texas.
Once Rowdy gets back to Cut Eye and his life as a preacher begins, this story gets interesting and eventually turned into a page turner for me. Rowdy's life in Cut Eye is full of twists and turns. He meets some characters along the way, but eventually finds a way to make himself fit into the small town life that he has. He find a way to earn the respect of the people in the town and grows the church using some of the most unusual ways imaginable.
Along the way Rowdy becomes very close to the former leader of the church, a female missionary who just happens to be the Sheriff's daughter. Their relationship also spins around in different directions and it is not until the very last paragraph of the book that you learn their true feelings.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is the transformation that Rowdy makes in his life. His story begins as a criminal, but through preaching and reaching others he truly becomes a leader in the church. His heart is changed and we see the effects of that in many circumstances throughout the story. It is during the high-stress events towards the end that we see proof that God has changed Rowdy and made him a better person.
I enjoyed this book and do recommend it as a read.
- An interesting read by Vera on 9/8/2014
This was certainly an interesting read. Quite frankly, the making of a preacher of the Gospel out of Rowdy (main character) will certainly elicit laughter and create fodder for the church-hating public that sees Baptist, Southern preachers as ignoramuses and shysters. You see, Rowdy is a discharged army guy who has been to prison and who has helped rob a bank. He happens to get caught by the Sheriff of Cut Eye (the town) who needs a new preacher for the town’s church because his town is quite frankly going to the Devil. Rowdy knows no Bible, is not a Christian, and is a most unlikely candidate for the position. But a bargain has been struck between the Sheriff and Rowdy.
Feast of Thieves is the author’s first novel but he has written many non-fiction titles including We Who Are Alive and Remain about veterans. He draws the character, Rowdy Slater, with skilled language plotting twists with the story taking unbelievable turns wrapped in the colloquial dialogue that is small town South of the mid-forties.
A fairly short book, it “grows” Rowdy from a drifting, troubled war veteran whose past has given him a lot to overcome to have a future of any good and into a man dedicated to God. Yes, the outcome is good and it is sweet. Though the story style is not one I usually enjoy, I ended wondering what in the world was going to happen next to Rowdy. Maybe we won’t have to wait long to find out. I understand there are more “Rowdy Slater” books on the horizon.
This is a story of redemption and it is presented in an unusual way and in a style evocative of a really good literary work.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from a publicists on behalf of the author in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed are my own.I received no compensation for this review.