Sunday, 25 May 2008
EDGE KILLERS BREED BY GEORGE G GILMAN
EDGE NO 4 - THE KILLERS BREED
GEORGE G GILMAN
Originally published1972 bears the number 017001
This, the fourth in the Edge series, was quite a brave experiment back in the day when novels like this were expected to stick to the tried and trusted formula. After the success of the first three novels which all played out in a linear fashion, the author here decides to tell two stories. The first set in the current day in which the injured Edge is tended for by two women and another set in the past which details Edge's experiences in the civil war when he was a young man known as Joshua Hedges.
The flashback scenes, which make up the bulk of the book, give the character flesh and the author places him in several historical battles - Shenandoah, Bull Run and Shiloa. The author explains in his foreword that he had to take some liberties with historical fact to place his character in these skirmishes but it is written with such authority that most readers would fail to notice the small alterations from established fact.
An excellent entry in the series - well worth hunting down a copy on ebay or amazon.
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