The Sentinels of Andersonville - eBook  -     By: Tracy Groot
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Sentry Dance Pickett has watched, helpless, for months as conditions in the camp worsen by the day. He knows any mercy will be seen as treason. Southern belle Violet Stiles cannot believe the good folk of Americus would knowingly condone such barbarism, despite the losses they've suffered. When her goodwill campaign stirs up accusations of Union sympathies and endangers her family, however, she realizes she must tread carefully. Confederate corporal Emery Jones didn't expect to find camaraderie with the Union prisoner he escorted to Andersonville. But the soldier's wit and integrity strike a chord in Emery. How could this man be an enemy? Emery vows that their unlikely friendship will survive the war-little knowing what that promise will cost him.

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Publication Date: 2014
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  1. Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful and Haunting
    October 15, 2014
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Sentinels of Andersonville.
    The Sentinels of Andersonville is a book that will make the reader explore a variety of emotions. Tracy Groot writes a book so powerful and impacting, it should be in every history class across America. Until Id read the book, Id never even heard of Andersonville and now its a place in history, Ill never forget.

    Taking from actual historical events and combining them with a fictional story of several brave men and women, Tracy Groot tells the tale of Lew, Dance and Violet, just to name a few.

    When Emery Jones and Lew Gann find themselves at a standoff, they start talking. They talk themselves right into a friendship, although its quickly ending as Emery must arrest Lew and take him to Andersonville. Thinking the rumors cannot possibly be true, Emery is aghast when he delivers Lew over to Andersonville. Though a huge area, the ground is packed with starving, dying menthousands of them. At that moment, Emery regrets following his orders and vows to free Lew, somehow, someway.

    Dance Pickett is a guard at Andersonville Prison and the son of a prominent lawyer. Daily he witnesses things he must pretend not to know but those secrets are weighing on him and his only release is in being with Violet Stiles and her family. Being at their home helps him to face his daily torturous assignment. Dance finds himself drawn to Violet, not only for her beauty but for her strong spirit and conviction. In a powerful conversation between Dance and Dr. Stiles, the two discuss the huge task of fixing the horrible events at Andersonville and stopping the evil therein. Dance struggles to know where to begin with so many dying and so few people caring enough to stand up for what is right. Doctor Stiles gives a powerful statement and in it he says, It has nothing to do with a people rising up, but a person. One person, just one. (pg. 246)

    When Violet accidently comes upon Andersonville Prison, she witnesses the atrocities and vows to do something to change what is being done to the men there. Violet manages to draw her whole family into the fight including her father, a doctor at Andersonville. Before she knows it, shes managed to make her family the target of the authorities and they are accused of being traitors to the South. The people of Americus argue that to feed these enemies is to forgive them. (pg. 233)

    The Sentinels of Andersonville is a book that has forever changed me. It raises questions beyond my reasoning of how something so atrocious was allowed in America. But the story must be told and Tracy Groot does a fantastic job of doing so. This is an absolute must read. This book is so powerful no, its beyond powerful...it's haunting.
  2. Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What Will We Do to Help Others?
    October 13, 2014
    Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Sentinels of Andersonville.
    The Sentinels of Andersonville is Tracy Groots powerful fictionalized account of the rebel prison in Andersonville, Georgia during the final months of the Civil War. The reception those Union POWs saw could never be confused with Southern hospitality. Most of the Rebels assigned to work at Andersonville Prison cared little for the Union soldiers housed there. It was a job, an undesirable assignment. Yet some, whether clergy or healthcare workers, volunteered services that couldnt make a dent in the needs of thousands of injured, ill, and/or malnourished POWs and believed in their calling to do so. Those who spoke against the atrocities such as starvation and lack of any protection from elements were branded as sympathizers and risked themselves and their family members. Some refused to count the cost and did what they could to scrape together literally gauze for wounds, fruit, foods that were often turned away at the gates.

    A few of the guards began to see some of those imprisoned were just like them, men with families, perhaps wives and children, and the desire to one day return home to care for their family. The guards saw, and could not forget, the horrors from rotting flesh to victimization at the hands of fellow prisoners. And some vowed to do what they could to help, even if it was to save even one life from the thousands. Even if it meant treason, even if it cost their own life unless their loved ones were able to rescue them on time.

    Through her extensive research and clear, impassioned writing, Tracy Groot shows how the light of God is seen in those individuals willing to risk everything to return even one POW to his family. Her characters are outstanding and three-dimensional, men and women of courage and grit.

    This has educated me regarding the parts of the Civil War I had not thought about previously, whether there were POWs and how they were treated. I didnt expect the red carpet to be rolled out, but reasonable wound care and food I thought were the least they could be given until reading about the horrors of Andersonville. Where I tended to think of the prison in shades of grey, Tracy Groot brings colors to light through those who chose to give what they could to relieve one persons suffering. It is a historical work that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned, begging to be read again, and show future generations a piece of the past that should never be repeated.

    I highly recommend this work of literature to those who appreciate historical fiction of the Civil War era that presents well-researched facts. It is also for those who want to serve, and are trying to discover the lemon or the wagon load of lemons that they have to give. It is a rousing encouragement to each reader, personally, to do what we can for others, whether or not it is a popular or favored cause or the calling that the Lord places on our heart.

    I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great historical fiction, even if not your typical genre
    October 9, 2014
    Heather
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Sentinels of Andersonville.
    The Sentinels of Andersonvilleand excellent read! I told as many people as I could about this book as I was reading it. It took me a bit of time as I could only handle small chunks of it at first as there is so much to process. But soon, I couldnt resist and sped through to the end. I had the privilege in my younger days to do an intense research project on the prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, so I had the background knowledge going in. I was looking forward to seeing how someone could fictionalize the story. For those that dont know the back story, I expect they would think Tracy Groot took great liberty to over-dramatize the story. Sadly, she probably erred on the nice side of details. Andersonville was a place ignored by too many and suffered through my even more.

    I was tremendously impressed with the care she took in recognizing the intense emotions both sides of the Civil War held and how that skewed some into horrible decisions. The characters she developed were so rich, I could imagine enjoying being in the parlor or battlefield talking with them. At first, it seems like weve read through the entire war, but instead mere days have passed. The depth to which the plot is taken lets you believe you are fighting for the very lives just by reading through their story. The most difficult point with this was my inability to either help the prisoners, or take care of the generals making the decisions!

    What I like most is the care Groot took in telling the stories of the guards and prisoners alike. She includes quotes from Andersonville survivors and those that endured it to death at the beginning of each part. While I recognize that it is a fictionalization, I like to think she might have come close to telling someones story. And when we have these atrocities in our history, one of the greatest things we can do is to tell that story in the hopes that in not forgetting, we dont repeat it.

    This book was given to me by The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Important and Touching Historical Novel
    October 8, 2014
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Sentinels of Andersonville.
    It is one thing to know that war is terrible and quite another to experience it in its various forms of battle, inhumanity, attrition and suffering. In The Sentinels of Andersonville, Tracy Groot takes us back in time to the American Civil War, specifically to Georgia and the infamous Southern prison, Andersonville. From the perspective of both Union and Confederate soldiers, we experience the sights, sounds and even smells of this terrible place. But more than that, we witness the extraordinary heroism of ordinary people in a seemingly hopeless situation.

    While this book is ostensibly about Andersonville Prison, it is really about so much moreit is a slice of life during an extremely trying time and a vignette about how people cope with horrible circumstances. We are given a look at the plight of Union prisoners, starving and diseased; we see how the Confederate soldiers assigned to guard these men cope with the things they see every day. We are even allowed a glimpse of the civilian population: many of them when confronted with the atrocities occurring mere miles from their homes want to retreat into ignorance once more.

    One of the best things about this novel is that there are no easy answers. Hard choices have to be made and the consequences are literally of life and death significance. Some characters choose action and pay a hefty price for it. Others choose to ignore conditions at the prison and consider those who wont as traitors to the Southern cause and the boys who died defending their way of life. There are very few good or bad characters, but most people are a realistic mix of wanting to do the right thing while fearing what will happen if they speak against the evil within the stockade walls. While the characters are fictional, they are three-dimensional. They fear, overcome fear, are angry, feel bound by duty, despair at helplessness, mourn a lost way of life, and desperately desire a normal existence once more. We dont have cardboard cutouts of people, but on both sides of the conflict are just ordinary people caught in the horrors of war.

    There is a lot of hope and faith within these pages, despite the pain. It takes faith to do something in the face of insurmountable suffering, against even your own friends and countrymen, just because it is the right thing to do. And while what these characters are able to accomplish is so very little in light of the enormity of the problem, lemons and sweet potatoes in the face of thousands of starving men, they have done the best they could in the situation they found themselves in.

    This is not, however, an easy book to read. There are some descriptions that are painful, that I would like to un-see in my minds eye, but at the same time, this is an important story that needs to be toldand read. The history is invaluable. I appreciated that the novel included several actual excerpts from diaries of survivors as well as those who died within the prison walls before the end of the war. In her note opening the book, Groot tells us that the descriptions she includes are taken from source materials, firmly grounding the novel in historical realism.

    This book is an important work of historical fiction and I would recommend it to those interested in the Civil War and in historical fiction in general, though with a word of caution to some who may be disturbed by its more graphic aspects. While the author handles these details with sensitivity and tact, it can still be a heavy topic and one I would caution is for mature audiences from high school on up.

    I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for this honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A poignant novel!
    October 7, 2014
    Britney Adams
    This review was written for The Sentinels of Andersonville.
    Tracy Groot shares the stark reality of life and death in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. Brimming with historical details, this story and its characters lingered in my mind long after the last page had been turned. Well-researched and beautifully written, The Sentinels of Andersonville is a poignant novel and a recommended read for fans of historical fiction. I loved this novel and look forward to reading more from Tracy Groot!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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