Aging cavalryman Napoleon Childs leads an expedition of inexperienced horse soldiers in search of the elusive Pancho Villa, and when a reckless soldier tries to prove himself, Napoleon finds himself and his men in danger.
Robert Olmstead follows up his bleak Civil War novel (COAL BLACK HORSE) with another grimly nihilist and brutal account of men losing their moral compass in the chaos of violence. It is the year 1916, and Napoleon Childs assembles a ragtag band of marauders and mercenaries to track down the infamous Mexican bandit Pancho Villa. His doomed quest is bloody and merciless, but Olmstead's prose renders it into a kind of desolate beauty reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's BLOOD MERIDIAN or Peter Matthiesen's SHADOW COUNTRY.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: War + Military, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels