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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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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
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2015 Christy Award winner!
ECPA 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist!
Near the end of the Civil War, inhumane conditions at Andersonville Prison caused the deaths of 13,000 Union soldiers in only one year. In this gripping and affecting novel, three young Confederates and an entire town come face-to-face with the prison’s atrocities and will learn the cost of compassion, when withheld and when given.

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.

As these three young Rebels cross paths, Emery leads Dance and Violet to a daring act that could hang them for treason. Wrestling with God’s harsh truth, they must decide, once and for all, Who is my neighbor?

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“It’s Andersonville. Men die for no meaning.” Such is the overwhelming impression felt while reading Tracy Groot’s The Sentinels of Andersonville (Tyndale House, $24.99, 368 pages, ISBN 9781414359489), which focuses on the evils both within and without the infamous Civil War prison. Yankee soldiers died by the thousands in squalid conditions that Groot describes with a deft accuracy, interspersed with historical accounts and journal entries from men who died and men who lived.

A privileged but well-meaning Southern belle named Violet Stiles discovers the shocking abuses at Andersonville. Aided by a possible suitor named Dance Pickett and a Rebel soldier named Emery Jones, who had to deliver his newfound Yankee friend to the prison, they form a society to bring the horrors to light. Their hometown of Americus, Georgia, is not far from Andersonville, but its residents wish to remain removed from the goings-on there, even when confronted with the sad reality. Groot ably captures the despair of prisoners and soldiers alike, as well as the divided emotions of the Southern townsfolk, who have lost sons to the cause and hate the Yankees but want to be “good Christians.” When told of the appalling cesspool that is Andersonville, many won’t believe, others believe but won’t act, and still more focus only on the technicalities and red tape involved. Groot truthfully renders the struggle between patriotism and Christ’s call to help the suffering regardless of their affiliation.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Civil War - Overcoming Imprisonment
    June 24, 2015
    j mcnutt
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I absolutely loved this book !While it is heartbreaking, it is also inspiring !

    The author has taken a very tragic period of history, and made it come alive for the reader.

    You can feel the squalor, death. and hopelessness that permeated the prison, and wonder how man can be so deplorable , yet at the same time, celebrate in the love these brothers in arms had for each other, not just to survive, but to hope against hope they would see another day.

    This is a wonderful, yet painful book to read , that befits the courage of the men who had to live and die through it. It is also a celebration of life that somehow by God's grace men lived to see another day and a time of peace.

    I received this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    intense
    March 26, 2015
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was hard to put down. What these men went through was horrific. If you are faint of heart you may not want to read. I knew how bad it was supposed to be but never knew it was that bad.it is hard to understand how people in a town right next to this place could let this happen. The characters in this from both sides of the war are well done. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    EXCELLENT READ
    March 13, 2015
    KayGee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book had me enthralled right to the end. From the way the characters were developed and the way they interacted with each other to the way the plot just kept getting better!!! Usually, halfway through the book, you can guess the outcomes, but this book had me guessing right to the end. Add to this some historical lessons that were presented in perfect detail.

    I can count on one hand the authors that have such a compelling way of telling stories that hook me and keep me turning pages well into the night. This is the first Tracy Groot novel that I read, but it definitely won't be the last.

    EXCELLENT READ!!
  4. Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Civil War prison
    January 11, 2015
    Heather
    Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Sentinels of Andersonville" was a great read. I was consistently horrified by the atrocities that one human will commit against another. The amount of men that died in prison during the war that was recorded in this book was so huge that I am saddened by the lives that were lost unneccessarily. What this book taught me is that no matter how much you are in the minority, as long as you are doing something right, you will come out able to hold your head up in the end. The Sentinels of Andersonville really made me take a different look at the war. I think for the most part, most men didn't want to fight, but they were forced into it by others saying they must do their duty to either the South or the North.

    I honestly enjoyed this book. I had trouble putting it down as I wanted to find out what happened not only to the men in the prison, but to the townspeople that were trying to help them.

    I recevied a free copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest review. I was not payed for my positive review.
  5. 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
    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.
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