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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The DeVine Devils by Jeremy Spillman is a historical Western novel about two young men, Audie and Shane DeVine. Set in the late 1860s in Verde Valley, Azariah DeVine, an evangelical preacher, takes his two sons with him to the Indian territory. Their mother Adalina has fierce reservations about her husband's plan, but as a dutiful wife, she trusts in the man and in the God he faithfully serves. When a brutal massacre destroys the Apache settlement and takes their father's life, Audie and Shane insist on not being returned to the loving mother who awaits them back home, and instead stay on with Grey Wolf and what's left of the tribe where they are raised in the Apache way with an eye on vengeance. Throughout, the love of music instilled in them by their father never wavers, but when fame washes over the DeVine brothers, what does waver is a long-held desire to redress the wrongs that were done to them and the tribe by avenging the lives that were stolen.
The DeVine Devils is an exceptionally well-written and fantastically entertaining novel. Jeremy Spillman shines as an author with this release, pushing forward a fast-moving and wholly engrossing narrative, particularly in the dialogue of his characters. The plot is original, something that's not easy to find when talking about Western literature. Still, there's a timelessness and a real authenticity to the motivation brought on by fame and wealth, even when what drove the DeVine brothers in that direction was a childhood tainted by the slaughter. It's a story that dishes out emotion in equal measure with the most basic vices and forces of life. Spillman weaves a spectacular and unique story and I would enthusiastically recommend this book to those who love historical, western, and music fiction.