JESSE JAMES AND THE SECRET LEGEND OF CAPTAIN COYTUS
WRITTEN BY: ALEX MUECK
When a Harvard history professor receives a thesis paper titled Jesse James and the Secret Legend of Captain Coytus, from Ulysses Hercules Baxter—an underwhelming student—he assumes the paper must be a prank. He has never read such maniacal balderdash in his life. But after he calls a meeting with the student, Professor Gladstone is dismayed when Baxter declares the work is his own. As he takes a very unwilling Professor Gladstone back in time via his thesis, Baxter’s grade hangs in the balance as he attempts to prove his theory.
It is 1864 as philanderer and crusader Captain Coytus embarks on a mission to avenge his father’s death and infiltrates the Confederate Bushwacker posse looking for the man responsible, Jesse Woodson James. Accompanied by the woman of his dreams, Coytus soon finds himself temporarily appointed to be the sheriff of Booneville and commissions his less-than-loyal deputy to help him carry out his plan.
But when tragedy strikes, the Captain is forced to change his immature ways and redefine his lofty mission—more or less."
REVIEWED BY: APRIL EPLEY
This was a great book. I really enjoyed the college boy humor in it, but more than that, I loved the way it was delivered. This is fiction/historical comedy and Alex Mueck did great.
Professor Gladstone is a Harvard Professor and working on grading his students Thesis papers. Since he has recently been promoted, when he comes across the Thesis written by Ulysses Hercules Baxter, he thinks it must be some type of initiation prank. Imagine the poor Professors anxiety when his student insists this is his own work and then goes on to lead Professor Gladstone through the whole paper trying to prove himself. Ulysses Baxters grade depends on this thesis, however he is determined to prove his case, much to the Professors anguish. The Professor even at times tries to bribe the student with a B if he will just stop and leave. Ulysses will have no part of that as this is A+ material in his mind.
I really loved this book and loved how it felt like two stories in one. You are going to have to read it to see what happens with the Professor and Ulysses. You are going to laugh at the antics involved with Captain Coytus! What a funny book.
I am giving this book 5 stars. It kept me interested and smiling when I was not outright laughing. I will be looking forward to more books by this author. Keep up the excellent work and thank you for the smiles, laughs, and outright insanity!