The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War You've got to admire him. The former President writes decently about everything from hunting and fishing to Mideast politics. Heck, even his poetry is good.… The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War You've got to admire him. The former President writes decently about everything from hunting and fishing to Mideast politics. Heck, even his poetry is good.… 2003-11-11 Fiction
Book Review

The Hornet's Nest (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 11, 2003; Writer: Jimmy Carter; Genre: Fiction

You've got to admire him. The former President writes decently about everything from hunting and fishing to Mideast politics. Heck, even his poetry is good. (Okay, I may get some argument there.) And ''Nest'' -- the first novel published by a President -- is a pleasant surprise. Yes, it's a little formulaic. Yes, there's some speechifying. But Carter's really done his homework. Occasionally the book feels a little too much like a history lesson, but for the most part, this bloody era is brought to life. The main character, Georgia farmer-turned-patriot Ethan Pratt, leaps off the page, as do a host of minor characters, and subplots are woven together as deftly as the fabric on the loom of Pratt's wife, Epsey.

Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints