Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Norton

   This book centers on the American Civil War which just happens to be my favorite war to study. Ever.
The book focuses on Drew Rennie, a Confederate scout, and his friend Anson Kirby. Now, before you go all crazy on me for reading on the Confederate side, let me ‘splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. I used to be all for the Union. Then I did Life of Fred with Economics. I found out about the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War and Voila! Here I am.
And, by the by, not all Southerners were bad. Just as not all Northerners were bad.
Here are my reasons for liking it:
#1. It’s history mixed with adventure.
#2. It’s Southern. I’m Southern, and I have a Southern mindset.
#3. Drew looks out for his cousin even when it’s not convenient.
#4. Anson makes a great friend (always pulling Drew out of the ‘pits of despair’), and he’s totally Texan to a t.
#5. No mushiness, no girls, nothing.
#7. Drew blames his grandpa for his never meeting his dad, yet he doesn’t hate him.
#8. Drew is determined. They used their brains to get out of tight spots.
I give this book 3 1/2 books because….
#1. It’s not as good as the sequel (normally it’s t’other way around).
#2. Curse words. -_-
#3. Forrester wasn’t the best in real life. 🙁
All in all, I enjoyed the book, and I’ve reread it (that means alot). But somehow, it’s missing something somewhere.
And if you wish to know more about the Civil War please read the aforementioned books.
Au Revoir!

   I can’t count the times I have read and reread this book. It’s that good.
As Gladys has already explained so much,she leaves but little to be said.
I can explain why I like it (and don’t like it at the same time) in my own words though!
  I love how Drew Rennie stands up for and protects his dumb,young, cousin.
I love Drew and Anse Kerby’s friendship (truly reminds me of Gladys’ and mine at times).
I love the History (the Civil War is another of my favorite wars to study)!
I enjoy the adventure and the on-the-edge-of-your-seat-is-he-going-to-survive moments (Then you have to remind yourself that of course he survives, he’s the main character and if he does die then Andre is a terrible author).
  Those are the good points,now here are the flaws:
Curse words. (I do occasionally have to ask, why do these authors have to go ruin a perfectly good book with curse words?!?)
 It is NOT as good as it’s sequel, Rebel Spurs (I mean come on, the sequel is never as good as the first book! Well, usually, anyway.)
It does leave something to be desired, but no worries! Rebel Spurs will repair that!
OH, one more thing I forgot in the goods
section. 🙂

I love that they are fighting for the South (yes, I realize that most of you disagree with me on this, and we can agree to disagree. I also used to believe the North was right, but after a deeper search in History, began to find things that had been neatly swept under the rug). Yes, I am also Southern.

The last flaw is the incorrect portrayal of General Forrester. He was not a true good guy, unfortunately.
Enjoy your next adventure into the Wild West!

 

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