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Sunday, May 1, 2011

review: the terror of ol' Pete by Ruth Jackson

Revenge is a kind of wild justice. - Francis Bacon, Sr.

The Terror of Ol' Pete
Jonathan and Anne Sheridan own many slaves on their plantation. among them are Peter Breck and his wife Sarah. Jonathan becomes infatuated with Sarah and makes her his mistress. Peter knows about the affair but he is helpless and cannot defy his master. Sarah approaches her mistress Miss Anne and asks for help. that night, a tragedy occurs. Jonathan kills Peter and Sarah and throws their bodies into the river. six months later, the terror of Ol' Pete begins to haunt them all.
since this 32-page ghost story of revenge and retribution was based on a tale author Ruth Jackson heard from her father and uncles,  i also feel that it would be better read aloud.
i am not so sure, however, if The Terror of Ol' Pete, published by Dorrance Publishing, would be a good fit for young readers ages 12 and under who enjoy a little fright. an extramarital liaison is mentioned which is crucial to the story so parental guidance is still strongly recommended. if parents or guardians are okay with it then this horror story could be told over a campfire, during sleepovers, on stormy nights or during a temporary power outage.
even though i find the vocabulary, sentence construction and plot a trifle simple, i was getting along fine until i saw two words that the author used in one of the dialogs. Sarah told her husband to "stay cool."
i think "stay cool" was a little off for the period in which the story was set. i am no historian or linguistic expert but i doubt if that exact phrase was in popular usage during that time to mean the same thing as we do today. i did a little research and learned that the slangy expression "cool as a cucumber" which is still with us turned up in the eighteenth century. that phrase would have been historically more appropriate.
anyway, i find the story too juvenile for my taste now but i sure would have enjoyed this if i were younger.

*The Terror of Ol' Pete is available in ebook and paperback formats  at http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/terrorofolpete.html
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my personal rating is: 
The Terror of Ol' Pete contains material that may not be suitable for younger readers 12 & under. parental guidance recommended.

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a complimentary copy of The Terror of Ol' Pete as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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