Jesse James and the Secret Legend of Captain Coytus A historical fiction comedy that packs as much heart as humor Michael Dadich award winning author of The Silver Sphere When a Harvard history professor receives a thesis paper titled Jesse James and

  • Title: Jesse James and the Secret Legend of Captain Coytus
  • Author: Alex Mueck
  • ISBN: 9781491710487
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • A historical fiction comedy that packs as much heart as humor Michael Dadich, award winning author of The Silver Sphere 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 balderdas A historical fiction comedy that packs as much heart as humor Michael Dadich, award winning author of The Silver Sphere 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 or less.

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    1. Review of Alex Muecks NovelTitle Jesse James and the Secret Legend of Captain CoytusAs a lawyer, I deal with contracts every day. A good portion of them are tedious and dull; so when I read a book for pleasure it has to capture my attention quickly. Alex Mueck’s novel caught my attention instantly. The author’s book is a story about an otherwise studious student, who is writing his thesis in an attempt to convince, or con, his professor into believing that there was more to the traditional t [...]

    2. Professor Gladstone, a Harvard history professor, has an agenda of becoming the next appointed department chair. One of his students, Ulysses Hercules Baxter, an under-achieving senior, has an agenda of acing his novel-based thesis on Jesse James. From the little bit the professor glanced at Baxter's quasi-mythical-titled paper, on which Mueck's novel is named, Gladstone is certain that Baxter's final year's work is totally bogus. Thinking that the faculty put Baxter up to a prank and not wantin [...]

    3. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book sounded very interesting to me and I just had to read it. I was not disappointed! I loved this book! It is so funny and exciting and interesting. I love the old West and I've always liked stories of Jesse James (it seems as though there are an abundance of them!). My grandfather's dad was supposed to have met Jesse James when he was a boy. The story goes that they were living in the middle of nowhere, and Jesse was trave [...]

    4. This is a great mix of humor and history. I thought this book was filled with so much originality, it was going to burst. I’m not really a big fan of Westerns, but I checked out this book anyway, and I’m glad I did! What an unexpected surprise! This book is a perfect read for anyone hoping to break out of the mold a bit, the main character himself is such a free spirit, and it just really works. You don’t often come across a comedy book, that’s steeped in a bit of history, and can really [...]

    5. In short this was a very cleverly written and entertaining book. I had read this author's other books and really enjoyed them. However, I will admit I was a little nervous starting in on this one for a few reasons.  First, I generally like books that are thrillers and have some supernatural or horror elements.  So when I saw that this was a historical comedy I did cringed a  bit. And I must admit I cringed a little more when I read the title.  "The legend of Captain Coytus". I was very nervo [...]

    6. Jesse James & The Secret Legend of Captain Coytus, is an imaginative tale by gifted wordsmith Alex Mueck with a cast of characters you won’t forget. Herein lies a Jesse James worthy of all the ink spilled in his name. This new scholarship comes by way of a final paper submitted by an “underwhelming” but privileged Harvard student with a grade that begins at “F” for obvious fiction but does not end there. Captain Coytus is a legend, oversized in all the right places. Without sacrifi [...]

    7. ***Received for free as part of first reads****I really enjoyed this book. Its very funny (though mostly a kind of dirty humor), and there were parts where I actually laughed out loud. Its a fantastical and humorous take on Jesse James and a character who calls himself Captain Coytus. While there are a lot of serious situations that take place in the book (war, scalping, rape, murder) as were prevalent in the time of Jesse James, the book is not too heavy and is actually really fun to read. It [...]

    8. This is a fantastic read. The book sets a student and professor haggling over the student's thesis paper, and every time they go back to this part - the dialogue between the two is hilarious.But the main part is the story of the Captain and how he infiltrates the bushwhacker posse and then his subsequent dealings with the famous outlaw Jesse James. There are so many good parts to the Captain's story that are mostly funny, but at other times sad. The author does a masterful job of delving into th [...]

    9. Jesse James and the Adventures of Captain Coytus is a comedy adventure that fires on ALL cylinders! The writing and characters are superbly crafted and the author's ability to weave humor into all of the relationships, situations, plots, and subplots, is second to no other author that I have read. Ever. I definitely found myself smiling, and yes, laughing out loud when I was reading it during my office lunch break. Underneath the plentiful comedy and great story telling, lay other elements, them [...]

    10. If I was asked to describe the book in only two words, I probably would choose amusing and entertaining. I found the book exceptionally well written and pleasant to read. The very extraordinary main character is nonconformer and free spirited. He made me smile, he made me laugh, he made me sad, and at other times, he made me angry. If any book can produce such a variety of emotions in me, I consider it worth of my reading time. I would definitely recommend The Captain”, but… it is not a book [...]

    11. This is a wonderful tale about a man on a mission to avenge his father’s death, and while his motivation is anger, his best tool is his use of humor and guile, rather than a gun. There is a love story that overarches the adventure, and there are some surprising twists in that regard that at first saddened me, but in the end, most everything works out. If you like to laugh, you will love this book.

    12. Jesse James & The Secret Legend of Captain Coytus is a ton of fun. The book is crisply written; the characters are well drawn, and the author stuffs in loads of humor and wit on every page. The details are exacting and I found it very addictive. It’s hard to write humor and Mueck delivers. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a fun read and willing to leave the cookie cutter universe for a rewarding quirky book.

    13. This book was hilarious and continually got better as the story progressed. Some great characters in this story, Frank James was perhaps my favourite. The unexpected touching moments made this a cut above the average comedy. If you like Christopher Moore, you would probably love this book, as this Jesse James book reminded me of something Moore might write.

    14. I enjoyed this book Made me laugh . Alex brought the characters to life and as a reader I was waiting for the next adventure to happen. The author wit is excellent and You really know the people in the story. I highly recomend this book

    15. “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 bal [...]

    16. So, “Jesse James and the Secret Legend of Captain Coytus” Say that three times fast! *chuckle*Anyway, “Jesse James and the Secret Legend of Captain Coytus” is a two part story, which is why the reader starts in the present day (versus the mid-1800s) with the meeting of a rather irate Harvard history professor. Apparently, the most recent assignment from Professor Gladstone was an essay based upon, yup, you guessed it, history. Factual history that is; or at least a believable hypothesis [...]

    17. The first thing about this book that caught my attention was the title: Jesse James and the Secret Legend of Captain Coytus. When I heard about this book, I really wanted to read the book simply for that reason alone, but it wasn't the only reason. The second reason is the whole concept sounded interesting, and this book was a combination of humor and historical fiction. I also liked how the story started out in the present with a student at Harvard giving his pitch to his professor for the end [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. As a lover of unique and off-kilter novels, I picked this up in the hopes that it would satiate my needs over a long weekend shut in. From the beginning, I enjoyed the writing style of the author; it was erudite without showing off, and creative without painting too broad of brushstrokes. This was a well restrained story with outstanding comedic timing that kept me up reading until late in the evening. The transitions between the professor and the story were seamless and I enjoyed how everything [...]

    20. It took me a while to understand what was going on in this book. However as soon as I figured it, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the book. This is a book about historical fiction with a mix of made up characters which was surprisingly interesting. I did not think that I would find a book about some historical character this interesting but the author skilfully wrote this book in such a way that I wanted more. The book was quite easy to read and amusing. I had never heard about the legend of [...]

    21. Professor Gladstone dismisses Baxter's submitted historical thesis work. This unassuming Harvard student's ludicrous thesis of revisionist old west history is quite preposterous. His paper incorporates facts concerning the famous outlaw Jesse James and his fellow Confederate Bushwackers. Baxter spins a yarn returning the reader to the rough, lawless days of the old west. Mueck delivers a romp of a story that propels the reader on an entertaining ride. At the center of the story is the charismati [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this book and each of the distinct characters as each entered into the story. It waseasy and fun to follow them as they made their moves and affected the others in different ways at different times. The hero, Captain Coytus, became very human when he met his true love. She rejectedhim initially and you had to wonder if that was the end of this couple. Further, he went away to dealwith a problem that was still bothering him and would that be the end of him? There are some extreme [...]

    23. How refreshing this book was! It was filled with humor, characters I knew nothing about, history of a time that is so different from what we live in now and great warmth. Personally I have been struggling this year so sitting down to a book that took me to a completely different time that kept me entertained from beginning to end was more than welcoming. When you read the title you think it is only going to be focused on the western time in our history but having the story told from Baxter gives [...]

    24. 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.I was not sure what to expect when I started this book. However it was not what I expected at all. This book is ver [...]

    25. So glad I did not quit on this. I had thought this was a historical fiction and while it is that, is more a comedy. So I was a little taken back especially with some of the silly humor. Once I decided to stick with it I really fell into this book so much so, that I re-read it when I finished and I never do that. The book is uniquely funny, with some of the funniest scenes I have read. I fell in love with the Captain, he is just so great, you wish you knew him. But the surprising part of this sto [...]

    26. A friend told me about Alex Mueck's books. I ordered Myth Math and have now read every book he has published since. I LOVE his characters. In each book I found myself rooting for the main characters, regardless of their obvious challenges. Captain Coytus and Jesse James were no exception. I was hooked after the first couple of pages, laughed out loud at the author's humor, inspired to research Jesse James and disappointed I have not read the last book Mr. Mueck has written. Fingers crossed that [...]

    27. The idea for this book was honestly really clever. I have to say that the cover didn't really have a "wow" factor for me, but the book summary caught my eye and I decided to give it a shot. It definitely did not disappoint! I love how clever it was, and I especially loved the author's seamless transitions between past and present. I also felt like this gave a "twist" on what I consider to be historical fiction. I love the genre, but most of it is really serious this one is humorous and quite lig [...]

    28. This book is crafted as a story within a story. While I didn’t quite understand how the author of the story in the story was going to convince his professor his thesis was true, it was quite entertaining. I enjoy it when an author uses different structures to build a story like that, especially with the funny footnotes. Part of me wished the professor was a little more blunt and just put the kid in his place, but then we wouldn’t have the story of Jesse James and Captain Coytus. I mean some [...]

    29. While I usually do not read books that are so called comedies, perhaps the only other one was Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I liked but did not really love. So I was a little hesitant to start this despite a recommendation. I am glad I did. I loved this book. It was extremely funny, and while there were parts that I found a bit over the top, the parts I enjoyed I loved so much that I was telling my friends about it as I was progressing through the story. This is one of the most origina [...]

    30. I am not much of a history buff, although I do like the Jesse James outlaw era which spurred my desire to read this book. I thought the premise to the story was good, and the characters seemed mostly true to what is historically written about them. However, I thought the book was about twice as long as it needed to be. I attributed my feeling to not enjoying historic details as much, as I can easily imagine someone saying the book isn’t long enough! The transition from Jesse James time to pres [...]

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