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Lincoln's haunted by ghosts of dead soldiers and Hoss is in "love,” what Hop Sing calls an unhealthy obsession. Adam's missing, Joe thinks Ben is dead and Ben follows the trail of a slave's suspicion that Lincoln is a traitor. Lincoln's haunted by ghosts of dead soldiers and Hoss is in "love,” what Hop Sing calls an unhealthy obsession. Adam's missing, Joe thinks Ben is dead and Ben follows the trail of a slave's suspicion that Lincoln is a traitor.


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Lincoln's haunted by ghosts of dead soldiers and Hoss is in "love,” what Hop Sing calls an unhealthy obsession. Adam's missing, Joe thinks Ben is dead and Ben follows the trail of a slave's suspicion that Lincoln is a traitor. Lincoln's haunted by ghosts of dead soldiers and Hoss is in "love,” what Hop Sing calls an unhealthy obsession. Adam's missing, Joe thinks Ben is dead and Ben follows the trail of a slave's suspicion that Lincoln is a traitor.

38 review for Mystic Fire: A Bonanza Civil War Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ

    I tried. I got to page 57 (this time. I tried before too.) but I find I'm forcing myself to read a few pages a day. I just can't get into the various storylines. I don't like that Adam is pretending to be half-black so that he's kidnapped as a slave. I find the physical manifestation of a ghost Hoss has found unrealistic (She materializes in solid form occassionally and has even took a shit in the backyard that Hop Sing stepped in.) I don't really care to read about President Lincoln going to a I tried. I got to page 57 (this time. I tried before too.) but I find I'm forcing myself to read a few pages a day. I just can't get into the various storylines. I don't like that Adam is pretending to be half-black so that he's kidnapped as a slave. I find the physical manifestation of a ghost Hoss has found unrealistic (She materializes in solid form occassionally and has even took a shit in the backyard that Hop Sing stepped in.) I don't really care to read about President Lincoln going to a seance to try to hear his dead son. I feel guilty not finishing this as I've met the author. I loved her first book, The Felling of the Sons: A Bonanza Novel but just can't get into this one. Sorry Mo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    I wanted to like this one. The author's previous Bonanza novel, The Felling of The Sons, was a fine read. Since that one, she's completed her masters in history and began work on a nonfiction Civil War book. It's 1862 and war rages in the eastern half of the continent. The author breaks the book into four story lines, one for each Cartwright. Hoss gets "bewitched" by the ghost of a murdered woman, believing her real at first, then needing to solve the murder to the exclusion of everything else. I k I wanted to like this one. The author's previous Bonanza novel, The Felling of The Sons, was a fine read. Since that one, she's completed her masters in history and began work on a nonfiction Civil War book. It's 1862 and war rages in the eastern half of the continent. The author breaks the book into four story lines, one for each Cartwright. Hoss gets "bewitched" by the ghost of a murdered woman, believing her real at first, then needing to solve the murder to the exclusion of everything else. I kid you not. This one could, and should, have been dropped, working Hoss into the other stories. A group of slaves were headed to the Nevada territory to find a Cartwright. They are being chased by a group of slavers, so one splits off from the others. Adam gets hooked up with the solo and they're captured by the slavers. Because of his black hair and dark complexion, aided by the tan of an outdoor life, he poses as Titus, a muley(mulatto), to find out what's going on. Numerous times he could have escaped, but continues to play to the role. It gets confusing as at times the author will refer to Adam as Titus in the body of the story, then Adam, then back to Titus. The slavers had started a fire on the Ponderosa and Ben and Joe race to try to put it out. They get separated and when Joe finds Ben's hat burned, he believes his father dead. Ben, injured, is rescued by the other group of slaves, ending up eventually heading to New Orleans in pursuit of Adam. Throw in cattle rustling, Joe, a teen-age boy left to manage the Ponderosa, no one taking a few minutes to ask questions which would have relieved a lot of anxiety, what I was put in mind of was one of those sitcoms where everyone is operating on mistaken notions that would be easily corrected by a few questions. Mark Twain and Abe Lincoln are in the book as well, Lincoln not the noble figure with no doubts that history has painted him, but a conflicted man with doubts. This book was set before he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. There are extensive footnotes, but the author gathers them together at the end of the book instead of at the bottom of each page. Good idea as, as she said, it would have distracted from the narrative. I can't recommend this one, but find her previous Bonanza if you are a fan of the show.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shainna

    Poor characterization of the Cartwright family, terrible grammar/typos ("gentile care" instead of "gentle care" was my favorite error), poor characterization in general, and a lot of poorly developed plot points littered this book to the point where I almost gave up reading. There were also poor transitions but that could have been because of the reading format (I used the Kindle for Mac version and it had no italics at all.) The only good thing was that there seemed to have been considerable ef Poor characterization of the Cartwright family, terrible grammar/typos ("gentile care" instead of "gentle care" was my favorite error), poor characterization in general, and a lot of poorly developed plot points littered this book to the point where I almost gave up reading. There were also poor transitions but that could have been because of the reading format (I used the Kindle for Mac version and it had no italics at all.) The only good thing was that there seemed to have been considerable effort in historical research.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    *I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.* I was pleasantly surprised by Mystic Fire as my expectations of this book were quite low based on reviews I read before starting it. It held my interest while I was reading it, though I found the many storylines difficult to follow at times. I should clarify that I know very little about the Civil War and nothing about Bonanza so that may be why I enjoyed it more than most of the other reviewers. I would give this book 3.5 stars if possible.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Mystic Fire is another thumbs up for Monette Bebow-Reinhard. This second Bonanza novel is a page turner. It is set during the Civil War era. The story keep you involved in each one of the Cartwright's plights. Mystic Fire is four stories in one. Each Cartwright has thier own story,yet they are all neatly woven together to make one wonderful novel. Mystic Fire is another thumbs up for Monette Bebow-Reinhard. This second Bonanza novel is a page turner. It is set during the Civil War era. The story keep you involved in each one of the Cartwright's plights. Mystic Fire is four stories in one. Each Cartwright has thier own story,yet they are all neatly woven together to make one wonderful novel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lavonda

    Confusing I would suggest if you want too read a Bonanza novel, write it yourself. It would have to be better than this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Adams

  8. 5 out of 5

    CarrieLynn Reinhard

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    Olivia

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ricia Sorum

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amber Dalpoas

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Dietz

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Karbon

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    Michelle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Sims

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul Robbins

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    Jo-Ann Murphy

  20. 5 out of 5

    R.J. Murphy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Evan Pauley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ware

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Buike

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    Nicki

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mitzi

  31. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reynolds

  32. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

  34. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

  35. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

  36. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

  37. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  38. 4 out of 5

    Michele

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