The Fiddler’s Gun
Here’s what people are saying about Pete’s debut novel:
“Peterson has lovingly crafted a work of historical fiction which begs the question, “Can this really be a debut novel?” With dogged fidelity, he captures the spirit, manners, and social conditions present during the American Revolutionary War. We meet colorful, credible characters who navigate the high seas of life and love, dependence and independence, war and peace, truth and consequence and despite forays into ostensibly dark places, The Fiddler’s Gun carries a steady pulse that is beautiful, lyrical, and redemptive.”—Curt McLey, The Phantom Tollbooth
“Peterson is a natural-born storyteller, and The Fiddler’s Gun is a sly, funny, soulful, instant classic.” —Allan Heinberg, Executive Producer, Grey’s Anatomy
“Redcoats, pirates, orphans—and Fin Button, a passionate and savvy young woman who is a treasure all by herself. Here is high adventure that feels like truth. Three huzzahs for A.S. Peterson: The Fiddler’s Gun is an achievement.”—Jonathan Rogers, Author of The Wilderking Trilogy
“A.S. Peterson’s The Fiddler’s Gun is an exciting, rollicking adventure - it will touch the depths of your heart as its characters wrestle with human frailty, failure, love, and the quest for redemption. You will love this book, and you’ll read it over and over.”—Travis Prinzi, Author of Harry Potter & Imagination
“Like a vivacious child, it grabs your attention and runs away laughing, urging you to give chase. Don’t start this book when you have something important – like sleeping – to do; I guarantee, it won’t get done.”—Paula K. Parker, BuddyHollywood.com
Revolution. Secrets. An Unforgettable Adventure.
America is on the brink of war with England, and Fin Button is about to come undone. She’s had it with the dull life of the orphanage, and she’s ready to marry Peter and get away from rules, chores, and a life looked after by the ever-watchful Sister Hilde. But an unexpected friendship forms between Fin and the fiddle-playing cook, Bartimaeus, which sets her on a course for revolution.
With Bart’s beloved fiddle and haunting blunderbuss as her only possessions, Fin discovers her first taste of freedom as a sailor aboard the Rattlesnake. She’s hiding some dark secrets, but there are bigger problems for the crew—they are on the run from the Royal Navy, and whispers of mutiny are turning the captain into a tyrant.
When Fin finally returns home, will she find Peter still waiting, or will she find that she’s lost everything she once held dear?
Comments & Reviews
This historical fiction is a beautiful tale of loss, love, action and pirates! The setting for most of the book is colonial Georgia, around the 1770s. It doesn’t take a historian to know that there is a lot of action to be found there, and Peterson finds it, to be sure. The protagonist is a young lady named Fin Button who is a stereotypical Tom Boy who is thrown into a set of circumstances that are very unusual. At every step of the plot, the scenes, feelings and conversations are so decorated with imagery, that the reader is not only taken to 1770s Georgia, but he enjoys every nuance of the surroundings. Not all of this book would be appropriate for young readers. There is death and slightly course language (though not nearly as much as one would expect, given the subject matter). The weaknesses of the book were in the action scenes. They meandered and were sometimes hard to follow. Other than those blemishes, the book flows smoothly and the story is very well-crafted. The Fiddler’s Gun is the first of a 2-book series and I’m anxiously anticipating my Christmas present: The Fiddler’s Green.
My eight year old daughter has her first violin lesson next week and, as she opened up the case for the second-hand fiddle she was given by an old friend, I couldn’t help but think of Fin Button. She is real, isn’t she? Maybe not in the flesh, but certainly in our hearts. Each one of us can relate in some manner or form, to the idea of being cast aside by one who was meant to do precisely the opposite.
And what a glorious tale to tell, at the other side of it all, when we find out who we are in the eyes of our Maker. When we find out that He has chosen us after all.
Thank you, Pete, for opening up your own heart and spilling out such a wonderful story. I don’t yet know you or your brother but your word craft is extraordinary. I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through the Rabbit Room and getting to know you another creators just a little.
Can you hear that? It’s the sound of my feet pacing the floor as I eagerly await December and the final release of The Fiddler’s Green!
Wow! I picked up “The Fiddler’s Gun” at my friend’s house and couldn’t put it down after skimming the first five pages. This book made me wish for subway delays and long waits in the dental office so that I could be whisked away into Fin’s world. I do not particularly like books about wars or pirates, and yet I was completely captivated by this story. Peterson hooked me with the initial subtle dash of Anne of Green Gables in the opening chapters. But really, it only took those first 5 pages for me to love and root for Fin. Fin is much rougher around the edges than Anne, of course, but the pledges she and Peter made to one another were enough to set me at sail on the Rattlesnake. I often didn’t like where Fin headed, but my frustration only pointed to my care for this character. Not only are the characters (favorites are Fin, sweet Peter, Bart and Knut) wonderfully drawn but the writing itself is stunning. I underlined favorite, poetic phrases along the way and caught myself swooning at the beauty of the words melded together. “Sometimes we got to look in the dark to see how bright’s the dawn.”
I don’t know how I’m going to wait months for the next installment. I will have to take up basket-weaving to distract myself. Seriously, it’s not often you have the opportunity to read a new author in his debut novel and anticipate his next works with such excitement. I will enjoy sharing this book with everyone I know until Part 2 arrives. I guess we’ll be weaving some beautiful baskets in the next months.
This review is going to almost completely devoid of any plot points. I enjoyed the story and loved the characters so much that I wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you. But I will start by saying this is not a kid’s book. It is violent and there is a bit of mild language, but neither is gratuitous.
It’s hard to believe this is the first book by A.S. “Pete” Peterson. It can sometimes take me months to get through a book if I don’t find it interesting. It has to grab me in the first few pages, or at least the first chapter, to keep my attention. If it feels like work to turn each page and is a strain on my brain to keep going it might not get finished. Not so with The Fiddler’s Gun. I became almost instantly attached to Fin Button. When she starts to trust and love people close to her I started to trust and love them too. Likewise when she starts to hate certain people I hated them too. The characters are portrayed with such realism that I started to think of them as real people that I either adored and wanted to hang out with or loathed so much that I wanted to punch them in the face. I haven’t cared about characters in a book this much in a long time.
There is a lot of swashbuckling action that reminded me of some of the great moments from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (so much so that I plan on watching them again soon). But there is also much heartache and grief. Fin Button is a flawed young lady and she has endured more suffering than most will in their entire lives. That endeared me to her from the start. And because of that attachment to her, certain events were so tragic that I had tears in my eyes. I felt the same sting of pain that Fin felt. But despite the tragedies endured by our characters there is much hope and laughter. I can’t count how many times these characters made me smile, and I could picture their faces as they laughed with one another. I felt like I was there laughing and smiling along with them.
I could say a lot more but I don’t want to spoil it. The story and characters are incredibly well written. It’s apparent that a lot of thought and care went into this book. Having participated in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) the last few years and finishing a 50,000 word novel in 2006 and 2009, I have a fresh appreciation for the time and energy it takes to create characters that readers will care about. Pete did an amazing job creating characters that I adore. Fin. Tan. Knut. Jack. Peter. These are names I won’t soon forget. I can hardly bare having to wait for the story to finish up in The Fiddler’s Green.
If you are a fan of any kind of fiction you absolutely must read this book. It’s a great mix of heart wrenching drama, swashbuckling action, young love and romance (yes, there is a love story) war and historical fiction. I’m glad Pete (at the prompting of his younger brother Andrew) put this story to print for us all to enjoy. I’ll be getting this as gifts for all my reading buddies and I plan on spreading the word to any outlet I can about this book.
I fought the urge to get this book at the BTLOG tour, out of hope that I would get it for Christmas. Ah, the Christmas wish came true!
I’ll start by saying this is a dark book. As a good portion of the book involves sailors, it includes their words and actions. They curse like sailors, drink like sailors, and fight like sailors. To be frank, I felt dirty at times just reading it. I believe that was the intention - Fin’s life is not candy-coated. She does and gets involved with “terrible things.” Her life reaches some really low points. This is not a feel good book as a result. I really had a lump in my throat as I finished. That being said, I couldn’t put it down. Opened it Christmas morning and finished reading it the following evening. It was so well written and as dark as it was, as fictional as it was, there was more truth to be found in it than some history books.
If you are of age (I would say no younger than 13), buy the book. You will be supporting a great author and getting a great story as a result. I hope this is the first of many Rabbit Room Press books. And if they are as good as this one, the brand will be as trusted as Pixar in the story department.
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I was pretty thrilled to see that it was for sale at the Behold The lamb concert in Montague, MI on the 19th. Despite a wife, 4 homeschooled boys and a FT job, I finished it this morning. First, let me say, excellent story. Captivating, thoughtful, purposeful, exciting, surprsing are some words to describe. The Phantom Tollbooth used the word “redemptive” in their review and I love the choice. Not your typical coming of age story. I was nervous thinking I wouldn’t get into an adventure story with a young girl as the main character, but this isn’t your mothers Pippi Longstocking. i was hooked from the prologue and couldn’t put it down. Thanks Pete. I really loved it. Also loved the note about a typo in acknowledgements, but I think I found one in the story. You probably already found it too.
BTW, not a childrens book. Haven’t seen that mentioned in these reviews. My oldest is 11 and an avid reader, but I think he needs to wait 2-3 more years.
Good Book! I am not a reader of fiction as I have always believed that fiction books involve too much work/time only to mine out a small nugget of truth. I appreciate it, I appreciate those who love it and dig out the nuggets for me, but it is not for me. So why did I read the book? I liked Pete’s approach, the guts to throw it out there, and the idea of publishing as he did. So, I bought the book, read the book, and am ready for the next. I finished it in a snap and ended up needing to apologize to my wife for not putting it down. It started off slow, laying the foundation, and then in the end it cranked up and came full force. So, I am not a book critic, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it. It is not a light and fluffy book. It seems as if the Peterson brothers have a penchant for stories that at first may appear as simple fun-loving stories, but in the end seek out themes of the heart that we may all prefer to ignore.
I’ve tried several times to sit down and write a review for this book, but I’m just not a writer. I AM a reader though, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so I’ll do my best. I read this book over a weekend, much more quickly than I intended, because I couldn’t put it down. That’s pretty typical for me with swashbuckling novels. This one was different. There were also times that I had to put the book down and couldn’t bear to pick it up again for a bit for fear of what would happen to these characters to whom I’d become so deeply attached.
In the story of Fin I found the story of us all. I found the search for a true home, a true belonging, and the sadness of a world that seems determined to keep us all from what we search.
Fin’s story is well written, imaginative, exciting, amusing, and all manner of other positive adjectives. Most of all though, it is true, in the sense that all the great stories are true. We see in them reflections of ourselves and our worlds.
I had high hopes for this book, since I have followed Peterson for a while now. I can’t say that it lived up to my expectations because it wasn’t what I expected. This book is not a light, entertaining read that you toss aside once finished and never think of again. It is so much more. There is depth, emotion and characters that you will care about. There is excitement, battles and mutiny. Though full of all these things, it also explores the simple yet universal desire to find a home, a place where you are chosen just for who you are. And that is something that anyone should understand.
- Published by Rabbit Room Press
- Recommended readers Young Adult - Adult