Felt like I was in the trench with Ledyard., July 28, 2011 By Charles Redner "Reader/writer/reviewer"This review is from: Into The Stars (Kindle Edition) What you might not expect to find on a World War I battlefield, you can expect to discover in Michael Blake's novella--a man's enduring love for an animal, this time, a horse. Anyone who read Blake's 2009 memorial-memoir, Twelve The King, experienced how deep his love was for a rescued wild mustang and how that love lives on, long after the animal died of old age after living on Blake's southern Arizona ranch for the last 15 of his approximately 45 years.
Into the Stars tells the tale of Ledyard Dixon, an American doughboy stranded behind enemy lines following a fierce engagement. Dixon's miraculous survival of the battle merely sets the stage for a quixotic adventure worthy of a storyteller with the Academy Award winner's imagination. Explicit, numbing description of hellish trench warfare brings to mind first-hand experience that seems impossible. Blake stretches the plausible when his protagonist returns to the Allied lines with plans to not only keep the horse he found, but to have it move far beyond harm's way.
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