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The Long Road Home Characters ´ 108 They all looked like Joseph's coat of many colors from the Bible Food was scarce and it seemed they were always hungryTheir few family heirlooms had been packed into the old circus trunk and hoisted with great difficulty into the fork of a huge oak where it was disguised with branches and leaves to keep it safe from Yankee raiders She hadn't heard from James in over a year Each trip to town was filled with apprehension that she would find his name there posted on the window of the general store where all the war casualties were listed as they became known She had become so afraid to look that her sister had volunteered to make the weekly tripToday Randi sat rocking on the front porch of the old house mending clothes and occasionally glancing down the road toward town for the first glimpse of her returning sister Catching a sob in her throat Randi thought She ought to be back by nowTaking two deep breaths to hold back the tears she stepped down from the porch onto the hard packed clay and began to walk slowly toward town She would meet her sister on the road She couldn't wait any longer She had to know. A great narrative surrounding events of the Civil War It read easily and I think it would be enjoyed by both history nerds and the general public Would love to see a movie made out of this story

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The Long Road Home Characters ´ 108 A story of old friends caught up in the conflagration of the American Civil WarJames JohnstonJames had the dream again last night He was back on the road with the Great Southern Circus Randi was riding bareback on the running white horse her legs flexing smoothly as she balanced gracefully with her arms wide spread atop the speeding animalThe heavy beat of the circus band matched the pounding of the horses hooves Together they seemed to drum against his chest as he watched her speed around the ring Her beauty took his breath away same as always A sense of dread crept into his dream Something was wrongWaking with a cry and drenched with sweat he suddenly sat straight up in the little tent It took him several seconds to transition from dream to reality The jarring boom of cannon shook the earth and the flash of hundreds lit the sky around himThe circus was over Randi was home on Sand Mountain His old friends Miles and Duffee were fighting for the Union He was wearing the gray uniform of a lieutenant in the Confederate Army and sleeping here on the cold hard ground near a little Pennsylvania town called G. If ever there was an anti war book this is it This fictionalized account of the author s ancestors and their friends during the Civil War brings home the horror and futility of war Told from both sides the characters try to maintain their humanity despite being forced to kill and worse send others to their deaths They dread facing their friends in battle fearful of what might happen The story is well researched with explanations of the weapons used and the politics that drove the war Nick West puts the reader into the midst of battle witnessing the gore smelling the stench and railing against incompetent leadership I found myself in tears many times suffering with the characters But along with tragedy there is love and personal triumph I couldn t put this book down and highly recommend it to anyone interested in history or who just wants a good heart wrenching tale

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The Long Road Home Characters ´ 108 EttysburgWhile trying to remember if he finished his prayers he rose painfully to his feet pulled on his boots and limped down to the creek where he sat down on a large rock and splashed cold water into his face As he rubbed his eyes and rinsed out his mouth with the cold spring water Sergeant Smith walked up leading their horsesJames thought back to the dream and his old friends from Wisconsin I wonder what outfit that is up yonderSmitty beat his hat against his leg and spat Damned if I know From what I can see it's a bunch of blue bellies thick as ants at a church picnic I'm a feared General Lee has done shit and stepped back in it this time Lieutenant If we ever get our asses back to Virginia hit will be a miracleJames sighed and pulled on his hat Well Smitty I recon we are soon gonna find out Together they swung onto their horses and rode slowly toward the sound of the cannonRandi MadderraTimes were hard on the little Alabama farm The Union blockade had all but stopped the availability of dry goods from England She and her family had so many patches sewn into their clothes that her Momma joked that. The information about the Civil War was the best part of this book though the story line was OK too It is a continuation of the Great Southern Circus following the main character through his time serving in the Confederacy during the Civil War

  • Paperback
  • 438
  • The Long Road Home
  • Nick West
  • English
  • 22 April 2017
  • 9781432775889