Beginning aboard the U.S.S.
Blood and Iron is the first in a planned series of six books chronicling the adventures of Levi Rankin. Fresh from the wilds of Wyoming, young Marine Corporal Rankin is savagely tested in the Spanish American War (Battle of Manila Bay) while serving under Commodore Dewey. Rankin's courage is rewarded with a promotion, and he comes of age and learns the lessons of leadership and betrayal in the heat of the Philippine jungles, gunboat duty on the Yellow River, and finally during the brutal Siege of Peking during the Boxer Rebellion.
For Mature Audiences Only: Explicit language and situational violence. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.
I have listened to this book on satellite radio and have enjoyed it so much that I decided to purchase the audio book. It has great attention to detail as well as a diverse set of environs to test the main character (Levi Rankin). The sub plots that appear throughout the book allow the reader/listener to keep an interest in the growth of the character. I highly reccommend this book to any adult who loves historical/western fiction. This is not a book for children however, the battle scenes can be somewhat explicit and the main character does have a love interest that can be described in more detail than most parents would like for their young children to hear.