War Cry

The Riverboat Series Volume 1

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
314 Pages
Reviewed on 11/17/2017
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Author Biography

Dave Lloyd is a 4th generation Montanan whose great-grandmother came up the Yellowstone on a steamboat to the head-of-track outside Miles City. She knew and told her family stories of the men and the women who lived at the time. Dave grew up listening to her and his grandmother, the first white baby born in the county, as they reminisced of that era's rowdy times.
As a young man, Dave was a working cowboy and became assistant ranch-manager on one of the largest ranches in the state, Western Cattle Company, with hundreds of sections of land and cattle numbering in the thousands. The harsh Montana winters gave Lloyd the incentive to leave the rigorous ranching life and get a higher education.
After attending college and becoming an educator, then school superintendent, Lloyd began to write of the early beginnings of the state he loves. He researches his books and tries to make them historically accurate, with their characters true to the times.
Now retired, Lloyd and his wife, Donna divide their time between Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Helena, Montana.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Up until now my favorite books on the subject of early American life were those of James Fenimore Cooper. The Leather Stocking Series is classic, and few books can compete with its detailed description of both Native American and European life in early America, until now. War Cry by David Lloyd is a good book, a great book even, and I can totally see it as a popular series rekindling interest in early American life. Every generation needs new material that speaks to it about our past. War Cry and David Lloyd are perfect for doing this for young people today. The series is called The Riverboat and if the other books in the series are as good as War Cry, it has the potential to become a classic.

Just as in The Leather Stocking Series, the best part about War Cry is the unique characters. Lord James Hamilton is already interesting as a somewhat disgraced and down on his luck English lord. After he decides to go to America and change his name to James Palmer, he becomes downright fascinating. James is the protagonist, but there are many characters as fascinating as him, both good and bad. David Lloyd is very good at creating and writing about great characters. He is also very good at describing early American life. When you combine these two things, and throw in a gripping plot, you have a book and a series that may very well stand the test of time and become a classic.

Divine Zape

War Cry is the first entry in The Riverboat Series by David Lloyd, a powerful historical novel that can be read as a standalone story. The reader follows the life of a disturbed British Army officer, Lord James Hamilton, a man who flees his home country after his life is threatened. He changes his identity and becomes known as James Palmer, settling on the wild American frontier. He lives among the warring tribes, trading fur for a living. He might have escaped threats on his life in his home country, but in this wilderness he has to fight for his survival. The question is how long will he continue to fight?

War Cry is a gripping story with a hero that readers will love to follow, a character whose backstory is well-explored, a deeply flawed character that readers will easily relate to. The prologue offers valuable information the reader needs to get into the heart of the story. The writing is awesome and it recreates the atmosphere and the setting in which the story takes place, allowing readers to get a powerful sense of the culture of the Indian tribes and their unique life. The prose is, in itself, tantalizing, and David Lloyd has a great gift for setting, making readers feel as if they are part of the world of the protagonist. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions and the way the author portrays the way of life in this historic moment. The plot is strong and the pacing measured. This is a deftly written story that will excite fans of historical novels with compelling characters.

Ruffina Oserio

War Cry is a stunning entry in the Riverboat Series by David Lloyd, a historical novel with strong elements of setting and well rounded characters. This is a book for readers who are looking for something with a flair of originality — and this book scores successfully on several levels in this regard. The reader is immediately transported into a historic moment where conflict is rife, and where survival takes more than the will to be alive. It is in this context that a cashiered Army Officer finds himself fighting to survive.

When Lord James Hamilton flees his home in England, he believes he can find a life of quietude in the wilderness at the American border. Changing his name to James Palmer and trading fur, he soon discovers that his new society is fiercer and less forgiving than what he had been running from. It is interesting to discover how he matches wits with the local Indians and takes challenging and risky actions to stay alive, but for how long?

I enjoyed a lot in David Lloyd’s novel. Apart from its originality in plot concept, the author has done a great job in researching the setting, bringing out interesting elements of the culture and informing the reader about the soul and the warrior spirit of the Indian tribes. The phraseology is unique, mimicking the manner of speech of the local people. His characters are real and one can vividly imagine how they look physically and their backgrounds, plus the role they play in the intriguing plot. War Cry will entice you and keep you turning the pages nonstop.