A Rowdy Slater Novel
By Marcus Brotherton
Rowdy Slater can't find work since coming home from the war and he is getting desperate to get some money. And desperate men sometimes do foolish things to get it - foolish things like robbing a bank.
But during the getaway something happens and Rowdy ends up back in Cut Eye, Texas. Not only is he back in the community that he helped robbed, Sheriff Barker has somehow managed to make Rowdy the new minister. Rowdy just may be in over his head when it comes to this preaching business. But his new job provides a car, sort of. He has a line of credit at the local store. And his meals are provided at the diner. All in all a good deal as long as he can figure out how to preach before he gets strung up or run out of town. If he can convince Bobbie Barker, the missionary who has been filling in as pastor, to help him he just may be able to make this work.
But when Rowdy's past catches up to him, the life of someone who means everything to him is hanging in the balance. Welcome to Cut Eye, Texas in 1946 - a rough-and-tumble town in need of a preacher. And Rowdy Slater is in need of a place to sort out and restart his life.
This is a book you'll enjoy. You will instantly connect with some characters, while others will set your teeth on edge. And the dialect/speaking voice of Rowdy will take you to Texas. Marcus Brotherton has a way with words that will take you along with Rowdy as if you are there in the action.
I was provided a copy of the book through Side Door Communications in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.
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About the Book:
Chicago, IL – Well-known for his nonfiction books, including the New York Times
bestseller, We Who Are Alive and Remain, journalist and professional writer Marcus
Brotherton is turning to fiction, with his debut historical novel, Feast for Thieves,
scheduled to release September 1, 2014 (Moody Publishers/River North).
“Truth is imbedded in the narrative in fiction,” says Brotherton. “And sometimes, since the truth in fiction comes wrapped around a story that captivates your attention, the truth will be presented so powerfully that it hits you with more impact than if you read the same truth in a nonfiction book.”
Brotheron, who has culled a large online following through his blog, Men Who Lead Well, has authored or co-authored more than 25 books including A Company of Heroes, which ranked No. 1 in the country among World War II/Western Front books, and the widely-acclaimed Shifty’s War, and has partnered with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. Now, in Feast for Thieves, he spins a wild tale of barroom brawls, crazy antics, kidnappings, and one man’s search for identity.
It’s 1946 and Zearl “Rowdy” Slater, an elite incorrigible paratrooper 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 the 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, and 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
But escaping the past is hard and when Crazy Ake shows up, looking for his cut of the money from the robbery, and Rowdy is desperate for cash, he finds himself at a crossroads over his newfound faith and his desire to save the one person he loves the most in the world.
About the Author:
Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known
internationally for his books and literary collaborations with high-profile public
figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has
authored or coauthored more than 25 books.
Collaborative works include projects with Lt. Buck Compton (one of the original Band of Brothers), apologist Dr.Ravi Zacharias, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, psychologist Dr. Nancy Heche, fashion journalist Lauren Scruggs, Austin Stone pastor Matt Carter, Bronze Star winner Colonel Susan Luz, Alabama restaurateur Martha Hawkins, humanitarian Susan Scott Krabacher, speaker Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, youth ministry expert Doug Fields, radio show host Steven Arterburn, First Place weight loss program CEO Carole Lewis, musician Tommy Walker, youth speaker Ryan Dobson, university chancellor Rev. Wayne Cordeiro, and more.
Born in Canada in 1968, Marcus earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical education and journalism from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and a master’s degree in practical theology and writing from Talbot Seminary at Biola University in Los Angeles, where he graduated with high honors.
Marcus lives with his wife and children in Washington State. More information about Marcus can be found online at www.marcusbrotherton.com.
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