A Place to Die by Rusty Savage

Rachel Jacks

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Place to Die by Rusty Savage takes you back in time to the moonshine era where you read about a teenage boy who has lost his brother and is out for revenge. Savage is a self-published author who has always had a passion and interest in writing. He adds a lot of details throughout the book to help the reader picture the historic era. I even found myself reading the dialogue with that old time accent!

A Place to Die starts off slowly and becomes a bit repetitive at times.  The story-line picks ups around chapter 5 or 6, but the novel still isn't entirely captivating until closer to chapter 13. The instances of unnecessary details and repetition of events becomes scarce at this point and you are right in the midst of all the action.  However, I feel that A Place to Die still deserves 3 out of 4 stars for the level of detail included throughout and for the flow of the writing. 

Today's society tries to point fingers at media (movies, video games, etc.) for corrupting youth and increasing violence at younger ages. I think Savage's message applies directly to that in pointing out the importance of how a person is raised. Sam was raised to go to school, go to church, and know right from wrong. Sam seems to confuse what is wrong with what feels right, but in the end his father reminds him to think of his future and how he was raised.

A Place to Die is a well written and very detailed historical crime novel. If you enjoy stories from the historic eras and can push past the slow first few chapters in this book, then it is definitely worth taking the time to read.

Check out my full review!