The Citizen Soldier: fearless in battle, industrious in peace.
(Inscription - Civil War Monument)
As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, we read much of what both sides experienced and we recall the enormous toll of lost lives.
An Eye for Glory, the Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier is the story of one man who answers the call of duty leaving his wife to raise their three children.
Many years later he recalls for his children and others what it emcompassed to be a federal soldier in this terrible conflict and this is indeed where I discovered Karl Bacon's magnificent talent for storytelling!
Michael Gabriel Palmer is a recruit in the 14th Connecticut Volunteers who will soon become a seasonned veteran and with him we travel through muddy tracks, fight minor skirmishes and major battles. Along the way we feel his pain when losing friends, we experience the frenzy of the bayonnet charges when locked in hand to hand combat and we hear the screams of the wounded laying on the battle fields. With him we experience the daily struggles of the federal army facing an implacable enemy, the challenge of holding on to his beliefs while killing as many confederates as possible.
But ultimately this is a story about faith, loosing it yet finding God is always there even in the cruelest of time.
Michael Gabriel Palmer's story is to be experienced as the author describes what happened to this Citizen soldier!
Karl Bacon skillfully involves the reader whilst weaving each character into actual historical events and has a true gift for writing. Brilliant, emotional but always inspirational, this is a must read for anyone insterested in the Civil War particularly Civil War buffs!
This is Karl bacon's first novel and a book I am sure I will return to time and time again!
It is nothing short of an amazing feat and deserves 5 stars!!
I received this book free from Zondervan Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.