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It is a very short novel about the origens of a local legend. The shortness makes it an enjoyable quick read and the legend, although influenced by various fairy tales, is fresh and captivating. The story is presented in a simple storytelling frame structure. An old man encounters a young couple in a local romantic grotto and ends up telling them the sadly romantic legend associated with it of a young couple from years before and of the creature whose consuming love of the young man tried to destroy them. It is a story sweetly told, but with a close eye to the deep emotions of the characters.
I found the actual tale of the Sleep of Stone to be the best part of the book. The frame story was cute, but it was distracting. It actually took me a few tries in starting the book because I couldn't get past that part. While the end part is good, the beginning part (which sets up the real story) is not very captivating.
The real strength of the book was the way as a reader I was able to empathize with the characters' emotions. The young love of the couple was evident, but most vivid were the feelings of the creature that tried to destroy that love. The creature's obsessive love of the young man completely consumed her. This burning desire pushes her to trick, murder, and unleash utter chaos at the young couple's wedding. The passion is so real, it is disturbing.
The book follows a typical plotline for a fairytale type story, but it still is a touching and enjoyable read. Pick it up for a short cozy evening and have fun.
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This book was very inspirational to me because a boy my age wanted to fight in a man's war.Most kids his age in the United States today don't have as many rasponsibilities as Justin did then. I admire this character. The story was like a history lasson because I already knew about the Revolutionary War, but I didn't know about Shays' Rebellion. I strongly recommend The Winter Hero to people who like action, suspense, and history.
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After talking to Dan, Carrie decides that she really has got to find out who she is, and if she is a slave or not.Once I finished reading this beutiful Historical Fiction Novel I then realized the hardships of slavery. I would recommend this book to all ages and bothe males, and females because this book was easy to understand, yet it was somewhat hard to read with the old 1800's accents and dialects of the Northern Colonies. Also elders would would probably remeber a little about slavery because this went on until the 1950's, ofcourse it was not as bad as it was in the 1800's but still slavery was indeed around then, so they could have a great time reading this book about how slavery was in the 1800's compared to the 1950's. I had to rate this book a four and one half stars because it was just a mystery until the very end and this just made me want to read it more and more so I could find out who carrie was and if she was a slave or not. Now you know how good of a book this was, and you should read it, and trust me, you will be more than happy that you read this amazing part of American History.
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Tim Meeker is caught in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Tim's brother, Sam, is fighting the British for the Rebels and Tim's dad is a Tory (loyalist), but still against war. Tim doesn't know which side to be on. Tim has to make an important decision that could change his life forever. The reader will enjoy this book because of its suspense, excitement, and adventure. To find out what happens read My Brother Sam is Dead.
British and American troops march into Redding frequently. This does not interfere with the Meeker family. Until, one night Sam was paying a visit to his family. He saw that the cows were being stolen, so he went outside to stop them. The men captured Sam...Find out what happens when you read "My Brother Sam is Dead." If you like historical fiction this is the book for you!
Overall, I thought he did well to illuminate how American training and decentralization of command did much to win the day at Omaha (that and air power which kept enemy reinforcements and even top Nazi generals away from the battlefield).
The book's title is not misleading. Despite what some others say, D-Day, along with Stalingrad and the Battle of Britian, were probably THE key engagements in the European Theater. So Ambrose's book title, while still a bit hyperbolitic, is pretty accurate.
The planning took two years. Everything had to be considered such as the tides, where German defenses were located, where there could be some element of surprise, how to train allied troops for every possible contingency, how to unload heavy equipment, how to provide artillary, air and naval coverage of the landing etc. It was a huge undertaking and a firm date could not be established until weather conditions were certain. Thus, June 5th 1944 was postponed to June 6th due to poor weather. Further postponements would have led to a much longer postponement until favorable tide conditions once again prevailed. The coordination involved was mindboggling but, it was carried out.
The invasion was preceded by the landing of airborne troops by both parachute and glider. The invasion took place on five beaches in Normandy. Three were Brtish and Canadian landing sites and two (Utah Beach and Omaha Beach) were American sites. The most intense fighting was at Omaha Beach which was guarded by cliffs from which the Germans could fire down. Indeed, for a couple of hours it appeared that the landing might be a failure. However, although most D Day goals were not reached as to troop placements, the most important task of establishing beach heads was accomplished.
I notice that some earlier reviewers take exception with Ambrose for stating that German troops were inferior. He did not say that!! What Ambrose says is that the Germans had too much land to defend so they were spread too thin. Additionally, Ambrose points out that many of the troops were Polish and French conscripts who did not really want to be fighting; not Germans. Since they were spread out so thin, it was necessary to rely on many German troops who were either very young or quite old. Also, not knowing where the landing would take place, many German troops were defending Calais or even the coastal areas of Belgium and much further north into Norway. So, Ambrose does say the German troops defending Normandy were not of the same quality of the Allied troops but for the reason just set forth, not because they were inferior. German troops were further hampered by the fact that Hitler insisted on the minutest control of events and he was sleeping until noon on the day of the invasion. Panzer divisions could not be properly deployed because only Hitler, not the field marshalls, had the authority to deploy them. Therefore, with all of these factors considered, the Allied effort was indeed the superior one.
This is a fascinating history and it gives a great appreciation of the painstaking planning, coordination and execution of this important and highly intense event. I highly recommend it.