A Good Soldier
Ulysses S. Grant as a detective? The greatest military commander of the American Civil War, and one of the worst presidents in American history, as the central player in a historical mystery? Obviously, this reviewer did not approach The Good Soldier without prejudice. Despite my clenched teeth, I nonetheless found General Grant to be good company as he searches for answers concerning missing gold and survivors of a Confederate prison camp in the quiet, small Ohio town of Bethel. The author has certainly done his homework in recreating life in the American Midwest in the late 1860s. Marks also treats Grant as a capable and concerned man anxious to do the right thing as he sails on uncharted waters. From unbelievable to enjoyable is the road taken by this repentant reviewer.