JACK HINSON’S ONE MAN WAR: A CIVIL WAR SNIPER
By Tom C. McKenney
Pelican Publishing; 394 pages
Reading the inside flaps of this book I had gotten really excited. By the description it seemed to be the combination of the movies “The Patriot”, “Outlaw Josey Whales” and the Jimmy Stewart movie “Shenandoah” rolled all into one. In a way it kind of was. All of the core events based in those movies had a place in this book.
What I found was a wonderfully researched and documented lecture on the life and times of Jack Hinson. It was very detailed, which for me drew me away from the story, time and time again.
Maybe it was just me but the main character of the story seemed to get lost in the telling. For me there was too much descriptive writing that elaborated too much on the non-essential part of the story. Just to give you an idea on page 222, where Jack was saying goodbye it took 13 lines and a complete paragraph to tell that small section. The main intent I believe was to invoke emotion, however for me it had the opposite effect.
So while thinking of the review of this book I had to ask:
Was it well researched? Absolutely.
Was it historically accurate? Yes
Did it have enough supporting evidence and references? Yes
Did this book read like a dissertation? Yes
The story base is a great one and I think it would make a great movie. If you enjoy detailed oriented reading in a case study or lecture format you may like this book.
If you are a reader who prefers a flowing historical story and one that holds your attentions I would suggest looking elsewhere.