- From “Unlikely story: Novelist writes at intersection of mystery, history”
“Fandek sees genre as a servant to greater stories and, with “Peter Pike,” he walks up to the precipice of accepted American narrative and points out just a little of what lies beyond it.”
— Aarik Danielsen, Columbia Daily Tribune
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“From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked: “Hot, so damn-ed hot. Why is it always hot as damna — blazes in this gol-durned state” Starting with the motley crew of the New Mormon Brigade, and continuing with colorful characters like Vietnam Johnny and Rock the Avenging Angel, the players are well-drawn and the story is suspenseful. In the beginning you’re not exactly sure where things are going or why so many southerners are losing their heads, but pretty soon things fast forward to present day and the mystery begins to unfold. The narrative continues to draw you forward as you are introduced to one memorable character after another. The book is peppered with layer upon layer of historical facts, centered largely in Missouri and Mississippi and even include passages from the Book of Mormon. The book is incredibly well researched, and Fandek’s clear love for and knowledge of history is apparent in the Author’s Notes at the end, where the author separates fact from fiction.”
–K. Hunt, Amazon review
I’m eager for the release of the next Peter Pike adventure!
–William R., Amazon review