The Winter Family
Clifford Jackman
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The Winter Family
Clifford Jackman
352 pages
April 2015
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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They rode together, dependent on each other's skills with a gun to survive. The men came from everywhere, forged into a group in the maelstrom that was the Civil War and especially the atrocities of Sherman's March in Georgia. Powerful men who were willing to do anything to gain an objective; their skills were desirable in the final days of the war, and the things they did forged them into a group that would stay together for years.

After the war, when things return to normal, those actions are condemned--as are the men. But there are always men who need others to do their dirty work, and the group never lacks for work. They are led by Augustus Winter, a man with yellow eyes and hair so white it looks like snow. There is nothing he fears and nothing he will not do, and men everywhere fear his name.

The men work against the Klan and those who would derail the Reconstruction. They are lured to Chicago to help in the elections by those who want to win the city and promised pardons to those who are willing to help. As those promises are broken, the group keeps moving westward to open plains and room to roam, and become out-and-out criminals, robbing banks and trains.

Clifford Jackman has written a brutal, honest book about the men who do the deeds not spoken of or claimed in wars and settling land. The men are loyal to each other but unemotional about the life or death of any one man. Jackman explores what it means to be such a man and what drives the creation of someone willing to do horrific acts. This book is recommended for readers of historical fiction and those interested in the West and its settlement.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Sandie Kirkland, 2015

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