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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Landsman by Peter Charles Melman

Pete Melman's Landsman: A Novel is set mostly in New Orleans during the Civil War. Pete's young landsman, Abrams, emerges from the pre-Civil War gang world, to Civil War battle. Landsman is a view of this time through the eyes of a Jewish rebel soldier. Through developing a meaningful friendship, Abrams grows up within harsh reality. Surviving and endeavoring, driven by the romantic hope of a young female correspondent, is a very good touch, offering insight into daily need for a love outlet, even in fantasy to escape the horrors of war. Landsman, a novel of revenge, is for fans of Coal Black Horse and James Carlos Blake. Pete's first novel was compelling as I was lured by the surprises within the twists of plot. - John Evans

Landsman: n. one who lives and works on The Land.

n. a fellow Jew, who comes from the same district, or town, especially in Eastern Europe.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 4th Edition.