The Law of Capture – Joe Totten

Thanks to the author for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

THE LAW OF CAPTURE – Joe Totten (out now!)


Book Description:

The Law of Capture is the unforgettable story of the multiple lives of Edward Valentine. Soon after the Civil War, sixteen-year old Edward Valentine rides out from the family farm to seek adventure in Texas. He is little prepared for the lawlessness and savagery that will transform him from reckless young outlaw to seasoned lawman to hired assassin. Escaping from a Texas chain gang, Valentine flees to the Wyoming Territory, only to find himself in the middle of a violent range war. Forced to decide between following the law or living outside it, Valentine manages to do both. While serving as county sheriff, Valentine operates covertly as a hired assassin for the territory’s landed elite. Told from the first-person perspective of several remarkable characters, this compelling debut novel is set against the casual violence and brutal landscapes of the West. The Law of Capture reveals the passions and animosities that churn just beneath the surface of the American soul.


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

If you’re looking for a new historical fiction novel, then look no further! THE LAW OF CAPTURE by Joe Totten transports you to the time period and straight into the Civil War era. We get a Western, some comedy, and just a solid historical fiction novel. I’m a big fan of the genre and Totten did a great job setting the scene and crafting the characters for us.

This was a read unlike any other I’ve picked up and I loved the journey. Chain gangs, war, going from an outlaw to a sheriff to assassin, Edward Valentine really grows and transforms throughout the book. With this being less than 250 pages in the Kindle version, it was a quick read and the author didn’t waste any time with too many unnecessary details. I always appreciate it when an author can perfectly capture the time period without drowning us in too much detail that can distract from the story.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the historical fiction genre, then I highly recommend you picking this one up! I think this is a solid debut and I will definitely keep an eye out for more from Totten in the future.


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