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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Duck Hunting In Quicksand is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, cultural issues, and slice-of-life subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Will Sonnet, the story unfolds in 1930s north Mississippi, revolving around Arthur Campbell, a prescient guide at a hunting club. Illiterate yet profoundly knowledgeable, he joins a Memphis family, profoundly impacting them through the 1950s. The narrative spans from Delta blues on Beale Street to WWII's Pacific theatre, offering an immersive journey into the complexities of human relationships and the profound impact one individual, like Arthur Campbell, can have on a family's trajectory.
Author Will Sonnet has lovingly crafted a tale of heroism and humility against the backdrop of a war that has plenty of action and atmosphere but also a strong emotional core. The character dynamics are richly portrayed, with Arthur at the heart of it all as his dynamic dialogue and narrative presentation charms the heart of the reader just as much as the characters who meet him during the journey of the novel. Readers who are fascinated by the impact of war will certainly find harrowing and suspenseful moments that look back on human history with a rightfully judgmental eye, yet these moments are also balanced with joy and hope. Sonnet masterfully captures the essence of camaraderie, resilience, and the enduring influence of an unsung hero. The narrative is both historically enlightening and emotionally resonant, making it a compelling read for those intrigued by the intertwining threads of war, family, and the power of the human spirit. Overall, I would certainly recommend Duck Hunting In Quicksand as a must-read for fans of emotive, character-driven historical fiction.