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.
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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.
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.
"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.
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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.