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by Cameron Judd

Judd's expansive recounting of the pivotal years of the Boone legend. Boone's life was marked by destiny and contradiction. Quaker born, peace-loving, yet a celebrated warrior. Sympathetic, and much like the American natives, yet trailblazer for white civilization. Devoted to family, he spent months apart. Intensely private, yet called into leadership. He was landed, yet impoverished. Trusted, yet criticized, and courts-martialed by peers.
Download Boone: A Novel of an American Legend epub
ISBN: 1932158685
ISBN13: 978-1932158687
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Cameron Judd
Language: English
Publisher: Ingalls Pub/High Country (September 15, 2005)
Pages: 346 pages
ePUB size: 1726 kb
FB2 size: 1264 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 301
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Daniel Boone was a mass of contradictions: peace loving - yet a warrior hero; family oriented - yet an adventurer who left his wife and children for months or years at a time; an adopted Native American who lived like his native brothers - yet point man for the aggressive white civilization. Judd captures all of that in an absorbing story about the pivotal years of Boone's life. Check out the newer editions for a better-edited story. Boone: A Novel of an American Legend
It's always interesting to see how an author walks the tightrope between Daniel Boone-the-legend and Daniel Boone-the-historical-figure. This book certainly leans toward the latter. Not only does the author avoid sensationalizing Boone and his exploits, he presents Boone as just a guy next door, albeit miles away on the colonial frontier.

I've read several novels centered on Daniel Boone, along with a couple of scholarly biographies. So I think I have a pretty good understanding of what we know or think we know about Boone and his actual accomplishments. We don't know a lot about his personality, other than his apparent commitment to family and a penchant for going into debt. We do know he liked to hunt and explore and he loved Kentuck.

In some books Daniel Boone comes off like a cinematic action hero, a kind of man-for-all-seasons who can do anything, "takes nothin from nobody," and strides through life like a titan. In "Boone," Cameron Judd bends backwards to make Daniel about as average as you're likely to find anywhere in literature about him. Boone can shoot farther and more accurately than anyone else, but that's about it. I don't typically go for over the top characters, but in this book Boone is so bland I found myself wishing he'd do something stellar, something heroic just to keep my interest. He mostly just muddled through.

What I liked about this book and what is largely missing in other books about Boone, fictional or even non-fictional, is material about Rebecca and Boone's large family. If some genuine consideration of what life on the frontier might have been like for a woman, wife, and mother like Rebecca Boone is what you're after, this book provides it in spades. You get inside her head and heart and you get a sense of what stress, distress, and joy could have been part of this union.

Another thing you get in "Boone" is an accurate view of prejudice and racial hatred on the frontier. Daniel Boone is in the middle, not an 18th Century man with 21st Century sensibilities but a man nevertheless who recognizes there's good and bad people among all races. He kills if he must, if people are evil and threatening, no matter their race. He shows respect, love, and mercy when people earn it, no matter their race. His peers are not so sophisticated or tolerant and most consider Indians sub-human "savages" the sooner wiped out the better. It's ugly, but I think it's a realistic portrayal.

Judd's writing style is methodical, wordy, and heavy on descriptive narrative, therefore short on dialogue and action. So this is not a quick read book. It takes a while to plod through it.

I enjoyed this book because I like to read and I like to read frontier or Western fiction. But I would not rate this book highly. I'd suggest other books focusing upon Boone, unless you want to read about the "other Boone," Rebecca.
After a couple of missteps in trying to find books to recount the life of this infamous frontiersman, I found my way to this gem. Amazingly, via an entertaining and insightful novel, Judd has given us access to Daniel Boone's life and times in a way that no autobiography probably could. The reader is able to absorb the facts and the history of the era and of Boone's years from his early 20s to his early 50s, but wrapped deliciously inside the likely emotions of the lead character, and the side characters. And if Daniel Boone emoted anything like he is portrayed in the book, he was surely a man of high character, good morals, and had a heart for everyone...including his adversaries. But that's not the whole picture presented here. Boone had financial troubles, and he chased a dream that really advanced the American cause more than his own life...the conquest of Kentucky. The point is that Judd gives us the whole picture of Boone's life, and lets us stare at whatever part of the "painting" that we like best. What a book!
This is a well done book putting a nice spin on the life of Daniel Boone. It brings together historical facts from the time of this early pioneer and adds a host of interesting fictional characters and adventures. Nothing like a 12 month trapping and hunting excursion to make a guy homesick...well, at least for a couple days or so.
I was impressed with this book. Definitely a recommended read.
This was a "can't put down" book, and deep enough to hold my interest. Mr. Judd had a wonderful way of describing scenes that take the reader into the book. He has used history in a way that complements historical fact while fictionalizing it. Not a boring page in the entire book.All Things
I have read all of Cameron Judds books. He is, without a doubt, my favorite western writer. I wish he would write some new books. It's been a while...