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Chenneville: A Story of Loss, Murder, and Vengeance

av Paulette Jiles

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Consumed with grief, driven by vengeance, a man undertakes an unrelenting odyssey across the lawless post-Civil War frontier seeking redemption in this fearless novel from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of News of the World. Union soldier John Chenneville suffered a traumatic head wound in battle. His recovery took the better part of a year as he struggled to regain his senses and mobility. By the time he returned home, the Civil War was over, but tragedy awaited. John's beloved sister and her family had been brutally murdered.Their killer goes by many names. He fought for the North in the late unpleasantness, and wore a badge in the name of the law. But the man John knows as A. J. Dodd is little more than a rabid animal, slaughtering without reason or remorse, needing to be put down.Traveling through the unforgiving landscape of a shattered nation in the midst of Reconstruction, John braves winter storms and confronts desperate people in pursuit of his quarry. Untethered, single-minded in purpose, he will not be deterred. Not by the U.S. Marshal who threatens to arrest him for murder should he succeed. And not by Victoria Reavis, the telegraphist aiding him in his death-driven quest, yet hoping he'll choose to embrace a life with her instead. And as he trails Dodd deep into Texas, John accepts that this final reckoning between them may cost him more than all he's already lost...… (mer)
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Another great novel by Paulette Giles in her writings about the post-Civil War western America.

John Chenneville suffered a severe head wound and spent the last months of the Civil War between life and death in a Union hospital. Finally recovered enough to head home to Missouri, he found conditions on his farm quite different than he had left them. In addition, his sister, her child and husband had all been brutally murdered.

Cheneville vows that as soon as he has recovered fully from his wound to hunt down the killer.

As he follows the trail, it becomes obvious that the killer is a psychopath with many more killings in his wake.

John gives up his home and even the possibility of love to end this man’s life, knowing that if he stamps out the life of the murderer, he will be seen as a murderer in the eyes of the law.

There are interesting characters along the way, including two telegraph operators; one becomes a friend; the other possibly more.

And it is these characters and the ending that take this from the standard ‘western justice’ novel – the type where you could see John Wayne in the title role in a movie – and into a study of the people and the choices they were obligated to make. As always there are quick Easter Egg type references to other Giles characters in this book but each of her stories stand alone.

And while I felt a little let down by the easiness of the ending, it’s a feel good novel when you need to believe that despite evil, there is still good in the world. ( )
  streamsong | Jun 24, 2024 |
Paulette Jiles is becoming one of the authors that I want to read. I loved News of the World, and this book is very good too. It doesn't quite come up to the calibre of News of the World, but it is close. I love Ms. Jiles' writing. Her descriptions of the scenery and her characterizations are so realistic that It felt like I was there with John Chenneville on his private journey for revenge and retribution. The book starts in Missouri, and ends in Texas during the year of 1967. John was badly injured in an explosion in the war, and it was not known if he would survive. He had a massive head injury and was in a coma for many months. He is finally cleared to go home, and he finds out that his sister, her husband and their baby were cruelly murdered and dumped in the river just a few months before he made it home. John realizes that the law is not going to do anything to solve this murder, so he sets out on a very long journey to track down the depraved killer. John knows that A.D. Dodd is a depraved and heartless killer, and he is determined that he will find him and take his revenge for his sister and her family's deaths. John is determined to stop at nothing to achieve his reckoning, and risks life and limb and his freedom to accomplish it. I loved the various characters that we meet throughout John's epic journey. This is a great book and I highly recommend it for those who love realistic historical fiction, with living, breathing characters like I do. ( )
  Romonko | Jun 11, 2024 |
Severely injured in an explosion, John Chenneville spends the last year of the American Civil War recovering in a military hospital. When he returns to his family home in Missouri, he learns that his sister and her family were brutally murdered and the crime was covered up by local officials. Chenneville gleans enough information from local sources to identify the killer, and vows revenge. After several months rebuilding the physical strength and mental acuity lost in the explosion, Chenneville sets out on his journey, following clues that will take him deep into Texas’ rural Indian territory and eventually to the Gulf coast. It’s a solitary and dangerous pursuit; some areas are under martial law and others are barely governed at all. But as with most journeys, by the time Chenneville reached the end of his search he had discovered a great deal about himself and found hope in the midst of great loss.

As with Paulette Jiles’ previous books, the history and landscape are brought to life. John Chenneville is a great character, developed more fully than those in the earlier books, which adds depth to this novel. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction. ( )
1 rösta lauralkeet | Mar 27, 2024 |
When Union army veteran John Chenneville returns to his St. Louis home after recovering from a head injury in a military hospital in Virginia at the close of the Civil War, he discovers his sister and her family was murdered by a corrupt law enforcement official who worked in Ste. Genevieve. Chenneville sets out seeking revenge. He follows the man through Missouri to Fort Smith, through Indian Territory where he has a couple of encounters--one with young Indians and another with a federal official based out of Fort Smith soon after the man he seeks commits another murder. Fleeing the agent out of Fort Smith and pursuing the man, he goes into Texas. He meets Belle, the telegraph operator who has been helping him gather information on the whereabouts of the man he pursues. After recovering from a fever, he sets out, gathering information that sets him on course for the encounter. I loved the way the story was built which brought just enough action and excitement along the way, but the ending fell flat for me. ( )
1 rösta thornton37814 | Mar 6, 2024 |
After spending months recuperating from a head wound, Union LT. John Chenneville returns home only to be told a short time later that his sister, sister's husband, and infant child had been murdered. Chenneville learns the the man responsible, A. J. Dodd, was not charged and is on the run. Thus begins an journey that takes him from Missouri, Arkansas, Indian Territory, and Texas to seek vengeance for his family. This is an epic story set in the post, reconstruction Civil War. Chenneville would make for a great movie and I hope it's brought to the silver screen. I will be seeking out additional novels written by Paulette Jiles. ( )
  lewilliams | Feb 16, 2024 |
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Consumed with grief, driven by vengeance, a man undertakes an unrelenting odyssey across the lawless post-Civil War frontier seeking redemption in this fearless novel from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of News of the World. Union soldier John Chenneville suffered a traumatic head wound in battle. His recovery took the better part of a year as he struggled to regain his senses and mobility. By the time he returned home, the Civil War was over, but tragedy awaited. John's beloved sister and her family had been brutally murdered.Their killer goes by many names. He fought for the North in the late unpleasantness, and wore a badge in the name of the law. But the man John knows as A. J. Dodd is little more than a rabid animal, slaughtering without reason or remorse, needing to be put down.Traveling through the unforgiving landscape of a shattered nation in the midst of Reconstruction, John braves winter storms and confronts desperate people in pursuit of his quarry. Untethered, single-minded in purpose, he will not be deterred. Not by the U.S. Marshal who threatens to arrest him for murder should he succeed. And not by Victoria Reavis, the telegraphist aiding him in his death-driven quest, yet hoping he'll choose to embrace a life with her instead. And as he trails Dodd deep into Texas, John accepts that this final reckoning between them may cost him more than all he's already lost...

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