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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
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Author Peter Leavell forges an unprecedented tale of tragedy and triumph amid the backdrop of the Civil War through the story of Tad, a very clever slave boy who comes of age as Americas war reaches the sea islands of South Carolina. Tads desire to better himself is obstructed by the color of his skin, until Northern soldiers force the evacuation of white plantation owners, setting 10,000 slaves free in a single day. These circumstances seem like a dream, except that the newly freed slaves have no money, no education, and little hope for the futureunless someone rises up to lead them. Based on true events, Gideons Call is the dramatic tale of a young man who battles the shame of his past and faces the horrors of war and unimaginable prejudice to become the deliverer of thousands of freed slaves.
Peter Leavell graduated from Boise State with a degree in history in 2007. With his passion for historical fiction, nothing delights Leavell more than people turning the pages of a book, enraptured by the story. He is the winner of the Christian Writers Guilds best first novel 2012 for Gideons Call. He lives in Boise, Idaho.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An entertaining read for pretty much anyoneJune 12, 2013Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tad is a young slave boy who has just discovered just how different life is for him because of the color of his skin. Shortly after his first whipping, soldiers from the North descend on Fort Beauregard and destroy it. The southern plantation owners flee, leaving their slaves behind. Tad sets to work planting his field. He's going to need a corn harvest if they're all going to eat come winter. But when some men and women from the north show up to start a school, Tad starts to think he'd like to be a soldier and fight too.
This is a story that's based on true events. It also won the Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel Contest. Well deserved, I'd say. The story sucked me in from the start, as Tad got into mischief following his friend into trouble. I couldn't put it down. I found it fascinating and very engaging. I thought this was a unique take on Civil War events. I'm a big fan of the movie Glory, and some of the real people from that movie also appear in this book. This is an entertaining read for pretty much anyone. Whether you like history or are learning about it at school, this is a great book. I highly enjoyed it.
tigers fanhudsonville, michiganAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5good bookApril 23, 2013tigers fanhudsonville, michiganAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have read many, many books about the Civil War, both fiction and non-fiction but none from this perspective. This book appears to be well researched and I enjoyed reading it.
KatyTennesseeGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent First NovelJanuary 25, 2013KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gideon's Call is an exciting story of a young man, who will capture your heart and admiration. Tad's story is a testament of faith and indomitable spirit of one young slave boy growing into manhood during explosive change in the mid-1800's. Tad's faith in himself and his ability is only overshadowed by his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Gideon's Call is also the story of those who worked to help the newly freed slaves make a life for themselves--often at great personal sacrifice. The good that these people accomplished is contrasted with the heart-wrenching prejudice and cruelty of those without conscience.
The war scenes were vividly portrayed. I felt as if I were right there in the midst of the battles--though it was a bit difficult to keep up with all the major players.
I recommend this book to everyone, who is interested in the plight of the freedmen at the close of the Civil War. Gideon's Call is an excellent and interesting novel.
Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A sweeping storyDecember 29, 2012Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: femaleSweeping story of an intriguing sidebar of Civil War history. Leavell's impeccable research and excellent writing highlights some of history's quieter heroes.
Jocelyn Green, author of Faith DeployedCedar Falls, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful history brought to lifeNovember 18, 2012Jocelyn Green, author of Faith DeployedCedar Falls, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Thank you, Peter Leavell, for taking up the task of telling one of the most intriguing aspects of the Civil War: the Port Royal Experiment. Gideon's Call struck that fine balance between drawing us into the personal drama of individuals, and painting for us the larger picture of what was at stake during this time period: freedom and bondage, life and death, love and duty. Having studied this piece of history myself (but clearly only a fraction of Leavell's investment into it!), I was delighted to see so many historical figures in the novel, not just making cameo appearances, but as robust characters. The author adeptly carried the reader from Boston to Washington to South Carolina, presenting the drama from varied perspectives. Some books entertain. Some books teach. Gideon's Call does both.
~Jocelyn Green, author of Wedded to War
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