If you plan to live your life according to a book, be careful what you read. The unnamed protagonist of Treasure Island!!! is one of the most self-centered and inconsiderate characters that I have ever read and I loved her for it. Hilarious from start to finish. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year. These are the Core Values: 1. Boldness, 2. Resolution, 3. Independence, 4. HORN-BLOWING
June 2009Napoleon Childs, a veteran soldier, is on the hunt for Pancho Villa in the rough terrain of northern Mexico. Accompanying him is a group of young soldiers who have not yet seen the brutality of war. After a terrible encounter with a band of renegade soldiers in search of vengeance, Napoleon, beaten and shot, is left stranded to try to survive on his own. Olmstead is incredibly adept at describing the horrors of battle contrasted with the beauty of reflection and hope, and he is at his best in Far Bright Star. -- Sherri Gallentine, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Set in 1916, "Far Bright Star" follows Napoleon Childs, an aging cavalryman, as he leads an expedition of inexperienced soldiers into the mountains of Mexico to hunt down Pancho Villa and bring him to justice.