Book Feature: The Second Vendetta: Sequel to The Maxwell Vendetta

by | Mar 11, 2022 | Book Feature | 0 comments

Many people heard of stories wanting to take revenge because of betrayal, heartaches, disputes over a person, and many more. Feud and disputes are everywhere.

Author like Carl R. Brush is known for historical thriller books. His works center on family history amid the backdrop of political upheavals, social unrest, and changes unfolding, adding drama and excitement to his narratives. “The Maxwell Vendetta” occurs in early California in 1908.

What Happened Before This Sequel?

Andy Maxwell- the protagonist character, sets out to solve the mystery behind the death of his younger brother. He is sure the murder is part of a vendetta against his family. But frustration and suspense mount as he fails to convince authorities that the killing is more than the sad consequence of a brawl. The authorities- police, the U.S. army, and even his mother refuse to entertain the possibility that the murderer, Michael Yellow Squirrel, is one of those who intend to wipe out the Maxwells and their California Sierra Nevada ranch. The Maxwell Vendetta embodies themes as contemporary as political corruption, racism, and sexual exploitation. In essence, contemporary America mirrored a novel of early California.

About The Second Vendetta

Here comes Carl Brush’s book sequel, The Second Vendetta: Sequel to The Maxwell Vendetta. This continues where the first book, The Maxwell Vendetta, left off.

The Second Vendetta answers that question and many more with a tale-telling style that pulls readers into this thriller of a California history saga and doesn’t let them go till they’ve turned the last page, wishing there were more yet to turn. As a historical thriller, this book’s events happen near the start of World War I. The Second Vendetta is passionate, lyrical, and compelling—one of the best historical novels one may be privileged to read in many years. It features the same intense drama and emotions as its prequel, The Maxwell Vendetta, but it is set on a bigger stage now.

Carl Brush has delivered a notable novel chock full of edge-of-the-seat drama, history, and frontier politics, featuring one of the most ruthless villains. This is the brutal and vicious Indian Yellow Squirrel who is hell-bent on erasing his long-time nemesis, Andy Maxwell, in as painful a way as he can manage.

Why Join the Vendetta?

The story is violent and tender by turns. Once you open it and begin reading, you’ll suddenly realize it’s way past your bedtime. But you’ll want to read further until you finish it. The story continued when Andy Maxwell took two years in 1908-1910 to help his family recover from the vendetta. This nearly killed his mother, burned their Sierra Nevada ranch house, and unearthed some long-buried family secrets, including that his father was black. Then Andy thinks he can return to the University of California and pursue his history doctorate in peace. But discrimination is eminent during that time for being a mongrel in the Ph.D. program.

Just when he enlists the eminent San Francisco journalist to help him rectify that problem, it turns out that Michael Yellow Squirrel, his nemesis, is back for another try at eliminating every last Maxwell on earth. Moreover, success is on his side, and he runs for the California legislature and helps foil the railroad barons with the help of reform gubernatorial candidate Hiram Johnson. There will always be a love interest in every story, which will make the story interesting, involving women. The debutante beauty and the Arapaho princess. Andy faces many dilemmas. And this time, he may not have the focus and the energy to face his ultimate nemesis.

About Carl R Brush

Carl R. Brush is a short story writer, poet, and author. He grew up in Northern California and began writing at an early age. His works mainly tackle his roots, history, and the people. Carl is a history buff and an eclectic leader who lives in Oakland, California, with his wife. They love to travel and enjoy their grandchildren. Brush plays the saxophone with an amateur jazz band when he’s not traveling, playing with the grandkids, or writing. 

Three of his novels—BONITA, THE MAXWELL VENDETTA, and THE SECOND VENDETTA—track a fictional family from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the San Francisco area. His fourth novel, THE YELLOW ROSE, which he co-wrote with Bob Stewart, is set in Texas during the 1836 Texas Revolution.


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