"Gideon's Call" has been sitting on one of my bookshelves for 3 years! When packing for vacation I grabbed the book, looking forward to a good Civil War novel. This is not only a good Civil War novel, it's a powerful and unforgettable one! An in-depth account of the atrocities that slaves endured is agonizing. My heart broke for Tad as he was mistreated because of the color of his skin. An authentic portrayal painted through words gives credibility to a people who suffered like nothing we can begin to imagine.
Civil War details are well researched and documented in this historic telling of a monumental time in our nation's history. The characters portrayed in this epic novel are described in detail, creating personalities that bring them to life. Freedom's advantages evolve into disaster and defeat in a matter of time once slaves were declared freedmen.
The landscape comes alive with trees draped in moss, muddy marshes dark in the canopy of the forest. Alternately, the battlefields are crimson with blood and fallen soldiers litter the earth. These visions will live in my mind long after absorbing this book. The mistreatment of an entire group of people is heart wrenching.
I highly recommend this book. It is earthy, genuine, perceptive and humanitarian, written with compassion. A powerful and memorable book! This is an author to follow.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
I was really enticed to read this book and found that the author had researched the events and I loved the view of the slave side of the story. I love History and Civil War was needed to free our black people. Abe Lincoln really had a difficult duty as our president to get the North and South to become the United States.
Tad 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.