In an Alaskan bar, Creighton Roane watches a TV news story about multiple, gruesome murders that have occurred in a mountainous region of Tennessee. He is stunned when he recognizes the murder scene as the Findhorn River and the rugged Arn plateau, his childhood home. Memories stirred by the newscast develop into recurring nightmares as Creighton becomes aware of his own needs to see the mountains of his childhood and of reconciliation with his father.
But the Findhorn valley hides whiskey-making murderous clans and revenge killings that span generations. An ancient stone fort sitting on the Arn plateau houses its own mystery of the massacre of the moon-eyed people and of the mentally unstable killer who gives his victims an amulet for their trip to the hereafter. Wrapped around all this is the gut-churning rapids of the Findhorn and the effect it has on those challenging its treacherous waters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering East Tennessee, August 31, 2013
By Suzanne W. Brunson (Brentwood, TN USA) – See all my reviews This review is from: The Sixth William (Hardcover)
Historical fiction can come at a reader from all directions. There are the medieval tales where intricate research is required and conveying that information is crucial no matter how good the storyline. It is accomplished in this story. Davis has an easy going style – that gift of telling a story that isn’t uncomfortable or rushed. His empathy with the land and those who live there is astounding. Then he writes a poetic phrase and you find yourself reading it twice because it is such a pleasure. This is one of those period stories that represents the very best of its genre. The reader makes new friends in the mountains and looks forward to the next visit. This author is as good as Robert Morgan is with Cold Mountain, as unique as Karen Russell’s breakout novel, Swamplandia, and as fun to read as Beverly Swerling’s huge series on New York City – including City of Dreams, City of Promise, City of God, City of Glory.
Every man has his demons and, sooner or later, they must be faced. Creighton Roane’s demons catch up with him in Alaska and continue to pursue him when he returns to his home in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee. Some demons can be dismissed; others are unconquerable. The Sixth William is a story of one man’s struggles against himself.