Review of Casca # 36 "The Minuteman"

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December 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm #868

I was very excited about reading Tony Roberts’ latest Casca novel, “The Minuteman” because:

A. It’s a Casca book.

B. Tony wrote it.

C. I live in Waltham, MA, right next door to historical Lexington.

D. I was curious of a Brits point of view on the Revolutionary War.

Once again, Casca is in the forefront of an historical event, an American (or British) one this time. Between creating animosity by bedding another voluptuous woman and being in the Lexington/Lincoln area at an amazing moment in time, Casca is launched into a series of personal and historical events.

The Eternal Mercenary is involved in “the shot heard around the world,” naturally, but not in the manner as might be expected.

Tony weaves in history with Casca’s private life as he hobnobs with the likes of General Washington and various other American and British historical figures.

As usual, reading this book was a learning experience for me as the battles of Bunker/Breeds Hill, Chatterton/New York, and Princeton/Trenton came alive for me.

By book’s end, I was delighted to realize that there would be at least one more installment detailing Casca’s role in America’s fight for independence which is hanging very much in the balance by the conclusion of “The Minuteman.”

One last observation, no sign of the Brotherhood of the Lamb, yet…

Stephen J. Servello

December 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm #870

Oh, really, Stephen — I myself lived in eastern MA for over half of my life, including Acton, Winchester, Woburn, Brighton, and Billerica — and not to mention Amherst, home of ZooMass.

For me, Minuteman was fun, not the least of which reason being that, being from the area myself, it was easy for me to envision the background that Tony was painting. That applies to his scenes in NY too, since I went to school there and drove taxicabs all over the city.

I am a fan of the Spenser: For Hire series by the late Robert B. Parker. But I doubt I’d have gotten into the series if he’d set it in Chicago, since I don’t know that city. But he set it in Boston, which I know QUITE well, so I’m able to place myself into Parker’s stories. For example, when Parker wrote about Spenser coming off the BU Bridge from Cambridge and making an illegal left-hand turn onto Commonwealth Avenue, I could picure it EXACTLY in my mind.

January 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm #878

I’m sure Tony could place The Brotherhood in any story and make it fun reading, but I cannot dream up any important thing that The Brotherhood might accomplish in that place and time. The Civil War was different because by that time The United States was far more than just a great experiment.
I dunno, can anyone think of what The Brotherhood might have gained in 1787 or in that general time period?

January 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm #888

(grin) that’s the handy thing about having an adversary who’s crazy as a bessie bug; they can have any kind of whack-job motivation the author can conjure up! But any conflict can be made to serve nefarious purposes, from actual government control to the mere funneling of funds into the secret organization for future use or use elsewhere.

January 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm #899
Tony Roberts

Anyone else have a review for Minuteman here, or maybe even start a new thread with a review of another Casca book, whether it be by Barry or whoever?

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