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  • Gripping and Thought-Provoking Historical Fiction

    Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is in his early seventies. He has fought in wars, worked as a printer, and considered himself a devoted husband and father. His wife has died and both daughters are residing in Georgia. The eldest is married with a son and the youngest is a widow living with her sister. A lifelong devotee to the printed word and possessing a great speaking voice, after the Civil War and the loss of his printing business Captain Kidd turns to the only thing he can think as a traveling newsreader. His travels take him from town to town and he gathers national and international newspapers as well as stories from the newswires to keep his audience informed of the happenings around the country and the world. Captain Kidd is initially somewhat reluctant to escort Johanna to her family simply because of the differences in their respective ages, but he needs the money and accepts the job. Along the 400 mile trek, Captain Kidd and Johanna learn a lot from each other and bond as they battle the elements, bad guys, crazy guys, political fights, and more. Upon arriving in San Antonio, Captain Kidd will need to make the toughest decision of his life. I found News of the World to be a fast-paced and engrossing read. I enjoyed learning about Captain Kidd's early life especially his military careers. Johanna initially comes across as uncivilized and stoic, but we quickly learn that she may be stoic but is far from uncivilized. She is a smart and highly inventive girl and the perfect companion to Captain Kidd. I enjoyed the characters, the major and minor storylines, the action, and the settings. Ms. Jiles has crafted an immensely enjoyable story where everything works quite well together to the point where it is hard to imagine anything being omitted. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Jiles, but it will not be the last. I've already checked out another of her books from my local library system and am on the waitlist for two others. If you enjoy realistic historical fiction or just want to read something with a gripping storyline, then I highly recommend you grab a copy of News of the World. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Jiles in the future.

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  • Spellbinding

    This beautifully written book captivated me from the first page to the last. Not to be missed.

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  • Heartwarming story

    A heartwarming story of one man’s understanding of human nature and his willingness to do the right thing.

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    I was surprised at how much i enjoyed this "western" tale. Generally I lean towards chic~lit, fast paced mysteries or even sci~fi. This was a total but thoroughly enjoyable change. The characters were complex and the ending was perfect

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  • News of the world

    She made me live with them as they journeyed through their eventful lives.Thank you so very much.

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