Official Review: Hyde's Corner by J B Bergstad

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Official Review: Hyde's Corner by J B Bergstad

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 04 May 2016, 07:19

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hyde's Corner" by J B Bergstad.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Hyde’s Corner: No Man’s Land is the first book of Hyde’s Corner Trilogy by J B Bergstad.

Written in the third person perspective, the story begins in October of 1947 at the surgery of Dr. Herman Beaman, where the old man’s sleep is disturbed by an unofficial delivery of a duffle bag that used to belong to Selmer Burks. The story then flashes back to Tennessee in 1877 when the blacksmith/gunsmith Silas Burks and his wife Mathilda and their children make the journey to Oklahoma to settle as cattle ranchers. They work hard on their ranch, which they name Little B, and become friends with the other cattle ranchers. Shortly after, they meet new arrivals from England, Cedric and his son Jared Hyde, whom the ranchers find ill-mannered and arrogant. The Hydes put up a general merchandise store which is welcomed by the residents as they usually make a long journey to Dodge City for supplies. An unfortunate incident wrecks the business relationship between the Burkses and the Hydes. This almost leads to the annihilation of both families.

The book features hatred and vengeance as well as love and friendship. The author successfully depicts the importance of family. Selmer Burks’s hunger for Hyde blood in order to avenge the death of his loved ones and Cedric Hyde’s covering up for his son’s criminal behavior, though extreme, are great examples of how far one can go for the people he loves. The author masterfully presents the difference in upbringing between the Burks and the Hyde children, where Silas teachers his children the importance of hard work and good manners, the Hydes are raised to believe they are superior over the farmers and cattlemen. The Burkses make friends while the Hydes pay servants. Moreover, the story shows the dark nature of men when money and power are more important than morals, honor and even people’s lives.

This book affects me more than others. It is written in a very profound way that I can almost feel the pain and suffering of the characters. Some scenes are so intense that I have to stop reading. Others, though they do not bring tears to my eyes, leave a giant lump in my throat and a big hole in my chest.

The author adeptly creates a cast of memorable characters: the honorable Silas Burks whose temper cost him dearly, the smart sheriff Selmer Burks who is haunted by the painful deaths of his family members, the proud Cedric Hyde whose ultimate goal is to re-establish an economic and aristocratic empire and the immoral Jared Hyde who has neither heart nor soul.

My only problem is the incorrect use of several words, mostly possessive pronouns, within the entire book. Other readers may find them annoying.

In view of the above, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers who appreciate historical fiction, western living and cowboy stories. However, this book contains scenes including beatings, killings, slaughter and even rape, which are not suitable for young readers.

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Post by Swiftmover07 » 05 May 2016, 00:00

sounds like an intriguing read. Fabulous review as well :) i like books that can capture the mind and the soul and you definitely make it sound as if this is one of those books. Congrats to the author for the great feedback
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 05 May 2016, 07:34

Swiftmover07 wrote:sounds like an intriguing read. Fabulous review as well :) i like books that can capture the mind and the soul and you definitely make it sound as if this is one of those books. Congrats to the author for the great feedback
Thank you. I enjoyed the book immensely.

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Post by bookowlie » 05 May 2016, 08:33

I enjoyed reading your review. :) Although the subject matter seems too harsh for my taste, the story does look interesting.

Congrats to the author on receiving a glowing review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 05 May 2016, 10:04

bookowlie wrote:I enjoyed reading your review. :) Although the subject matter seems too harsh for my taste, the story does look interesting.

Congrats to the author on receiving a glowing review!
Thank you. It's not an easy book to read :) but I enjoyed it nonetheless :)

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Post by hsimone » 05 May 2016, 10:37

It does sound like a very interesting read. I love when authors are able to bring their story to life through their characters. Well done!
Also, congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review! :tiphat:
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 05 May 2016, 17:08

hsimone wrote:It does sound like a very interesting read. I love when authors are able to bring their story to life through their characters. Well done!
Also, congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review! :tiphat:
Thank you. It's a very interesting read. One character is admirable, one is hateful and another one is more hateful :D

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Post by Shelle » 05 May 2016, 17:42

Great review! I like a good western story, but my husband LOVES them, so I'll have to recommend this book to him. I also appreciate the warnings about the violence - good to know when making recommendations for teens and younger readers!
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 06 May 2016, 00:11

Sounds intense! I haven't ever read a Western but I practically grew up on John Wayne movies. Thank you for the review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 06 May 2016, 09:14

Shelle wrote:Great review! I like a good western story, but my husband LOVES them, so I'll have to recommend this book to him. I also appreciate the warnings about the violence - good to know when making recommendations for teens and younger readers!
Thank you very much. I hope you and you husband enjoy it as much as I did :)

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Post by CrescentMoon » 07 May 2016, 20:31

Great review! I love reading historical fiction and this book sounds very moving and profound. Congratulations to the author for such a positive review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 08 May 2016, 00:17

CrescentMoon wrote:Great review! I love reading historical fiction and this book sounds very moving and profound. Congratulations to the author for such a positive review!
Thank you very much. I hope you get a chance to read this book.

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Post by KAV » 08 May 2016, 17:36

This book probably isn't for me because of the violent scenes but you had a great book review.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 09 May 2016, 05:25

KAV wrote:This book probably isn't for me because of the violent scenes but you had a great book review.
Thank you. It may be one good book but it isn't for everybody.

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Post by Amheiser » 09 May 2016, 23:04

Your review is very informative. The story sounds very interesting with interesting characters, but I'm not sure if the book is one I would like because of the intense nature of it at times. Good review!
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