Feast for Thieves

Renee Ann Smith —  October 22, 2014 — 7 Comments

I guess I was predisposed to love Marcus Brotherton’s Feast for Thieves for two reasons . . . 

feast for thievesFirst, the Band of Brothers connection:

I’m a great admirer of Richard Winters and the men he fought side-by-side with during World War II. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched Band of Brothers, the docudrama that memorializes their lives.

Author Marcus Brotherton—who wrote books about Band of Brothers heroes Shifty Powers & Buck Compton, and then shared the men’s personal memories in A Company of Heroes and untold stories in We Who Are Alive and Remainbased his Feast of Thieves main character on a real life, little-known paratrooper from the 506th.

Second, the bad boy hero with a heart of gold:

Rowdy Slater is a grown up Huck Finn type main character. He looks like the rest of the disobedient boys, but his crimes have a noble cause at the root. He’s been damaged by the dark side of life, yet always finds compassion in his heart for those around him.

He’s one of those men who know violence well and could easily end up on the wrong side of the law when defending their own and how can you not love them? . . . Think Sawyer from LOST, Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, Hook from Once Upon a Time, Raylan Givens from Justified . . .

Yeah, Rowdy Slater is that kind of guy . . .

Until the day he learns that Jesus’ 1st congregation consisted of 2 thieves

. . . and that maybe there’s hope for him, too.

What’s the story? Sergeant Rowdy Slater, formerly the most incorrigible paratrooper in Dog Company during WWII, finds himself beholden to the desperate sheriff of a crime-riddled town. He’s offered an odd choice: serve one year as the town minister or go to jail. Though he’s the most unlikely candidate imaginable, Rowdy takes the deal. Fortunately, the sheriff’s pretty daughter knows a thing or two about training up a preacher. Unfortunately, a ruthless criminal with a hold over Rowdy, is hot on his heels.

What I liked best . . .

  • Rowdy’s open & honest search for meaning and desire to change
  • The quirky characters Rowdy meets up with in Cut Eye, Texas
  • Especially, the poetry-spouting sheriff’s daughter
  • The heartbreaking four-year-old who holds Rowdy’s heart in her delicate hands
  • The action-packed plot & fun dialogue
  • The water motif—various creative “baptisms” mark Rowdy’s inner growth & faith journey

My favorite quotes . . .

Feast for Thieves“Bobbie called this grand idea grace. It was all about giving a man a favor he didn’t deserve . . . Grace meant a man could truly change with God’s help, no matter what the fella had done.”

Feast for Thieves“Once I was so hungry, so scared, so desperate, and a tree broke loose like a strong hand moved it. A tangle of branches passed over my head, and I shot to the surface from the river of destruction.

That’s when I heard him. I swear I did . . .‘Hey, fella! You want to live?’

How that man’s voice was reaching me so far under the water, I couldn’t rightly fathom, but there under the river, caught as I was and speeding along in the current of destruction, I nodded my head . . .

‘Then find the good meal and eat your fill.’”

What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to grab your copy of Feast for Thieves.  It would make a great Christmas gift for the avid readers on your list—teen boys included! ***Thanks to Marcus Brotherton & Side Door Communications for providing a copy for me to review.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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About the Author: Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his books and literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 books.

marcus brotherton Notable works include We Who Are Alive and Remain, a New York Times bestseller, A Company of Heroes, which ranked No. 1 in the country among World War II/ Western Front books, and the widely-acclaimed Shifty’s War.

Collaborative works include projects with Lt. Buck Compton (one of the original Band of Brothers), apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, speaker Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, youth ministry expert Doug Fields, radio show host Steven Arterburn, youth speaker Ryan Dobson, university chancellor Rev. Wayne Cordeiro, and more.

Born in Canada in 1968, Marcus earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical education and journalism from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and a master’s degree in practical theology and writing from Talbot Seminary at Biola University in Los Angeles, where he graduated with high honors.

Marcus lives with his wife and children in Washington State.

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

7 responses to Feast for Thieves

  1. Your books reviews are wonderful, Renee! Always adds another book to my to-read list!! Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday.

  2. Hi Renee, I’ve never watched Band of Brothers, but it’s one of my husbands favorite mini-series. I think he’s watched it several times! This book sounds good with some great characters. Thanks for sharing. : )

  3. My husband would probably love this recommendation. He loved Band of Brothers.

  4. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the recommendation, Renee. And thanks for linking to the Light Friday Hit List too.

  5. Not my genre (if I even had time to read anyways!) but I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for linking up on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

  6. What a cool-sounding book! Hubs has practically memorized Band of Brothers so I am sure he would love it. Thanks for sharing it, Renee!

  7. Thanks for sharing this book. This line from your review gave me chills: “Rowdy Slater is that kind of guy. . .Until the day he learns that Jesus’ 1st congregation consisted of 2 thieves . . . and that maybe there’s hope for him, too.” I always appreciate your contributions to Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com!

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