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About Michael Kenneth Smith
"This lean sequel packs in more history and raw emotion than a 600-page epic. Smith knows the Civil War in his bones, and his novel will leave readers emotionally drained but grateful."—KIRKUS REVIEW
"History buffs and scholars alike will appreciate Smith’s dedication to historical accuracy."—The Civil War Monitor
"Historical fiction and Civil War buffs will wish SCARRED were closer to the epic length of GONE WITH THE WIND, simply because the subject never grows tiresome. Both will find Smith's solidly written novel an engrossing, moving read."—BLUEINK REVIEW
"SCARRED rated 5 stars. An eloquent tale told through vividly fleshed-out characters...and is enjoyable historical fiction with a romantic twist."—FOREWARD CLARION REVIEW
MICHAEL KENNETH SMITH trained as a mechanical engineer and began a successful auto parts business in the 1980's. He sold his business in 2000 and retired. Since then, he spent time fishing, golfing, cooking, and playing bridge. He's become an oenophile, socialized, and even edited a local newspaper.
Throughout his journey, Mike had one thing that always came easy to him; telling stories. And so, in 2013, Mike decided to share his stories with the world.
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Scarred “packs in more history and raw emotion than a 600-page epic” notes Kirkus.
For Union soldier and expert rifleman Zach Harkin, taking another man’s life is as simple as aiming and pulling the trigger. He’s a war hero, known for his acts of skill and bravery at the Battle of Shiloh, and now he has a Confederate sharpshooter in his sights—a soldier who killed Zach’s best friend. All Zach has to do is squeeze the trigger to exact his revenge, which he does.
A quick search of the man’s belongings reveals a photo of the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, and suddenly, war hero Zach Harkin doesn’t feel so heroic anymore. He feels guilt. This killing isn’t an act of war but an execution.
No longer able to pull the trigger, Zach finds himself discharged from duty and unable to sleep, as visions of the dead man haunt him. This drives him on a redemptive journey to find the man’s family and pay his penance.
From the award-winning author of Home Again and The Thin Gray Line, Scarred is a novel packed with adventure, and romance. Zach’s story proves that no matter what the time period or circumstance, the human need for love and forgiveness perseveres.
The nation is divided, and a bloody Civil War looms on the horizon in this award-winning historical fiction debut from the author of Scarred and Home Again.
Two young men, whose life paths will cross again and again, enlist to fight for their country—each with very different reasons for service.
While their respective journeys put them on opposing sides of the battlefield—Zach fighting for the Northern cause and Luke for the Southern—each young soldier learns invaluable lessons about honor, human nature, and the horrors of war.
Home Again is a rare piece of historical fiction that recounts Civil War experiences in strict compliance to recorded historic detail. Yet as historically accurate as it is, it is also incredibly insightful and compelling, and is sure to entertain both your heart and your mind.
In 1940, Andrée “Dedee” de Jongh, a twenty-four-year-old Belgian nurse, is horrified by her country’s quick surrender to Nazi Germany. Every week she observes Germans inspecting the infirmary for injured Allied soldiers to ship off to work camps. Every day she witnesses new atrocities in the streets, such as Jewish countrymen being brutally beaten.
Outraged at the injustice, Dedee devises a strategy with her father to aid in the resistance effort against the Germans. They hatch a plan to help downed Royal Air Force fliers escape Belgium and France and return to England, where they can rejoin the fight. It’s a dangerous endeavor and guaranteed death sentence if they’re caught, but Dedee is determined to do her part to defeat the enemy.
Over time, the secret organization becomes one of the most successful wartime escape lines, saving more than eight hundred Allied fliers. Dedee manages to outwit the Nazis for a time, but with German soldiers hunting for the group and its leaders at every turn, will she be able to escape with her life?
Smith takes readers on a (historically accurate) wild ride through the end days of the American Civil War with Luke coming-of-age while exploring themes of addiction, love, and self worth. As the Civil War draws to a close, so does Luke's lifetime of searching. Ultimately, he finds redemption in the least likely of places.
“Veteran author Michael Kenneth Smith has spun another unique tale…offer[ing] thoughtful and sometimes direct commentary on issues of inequality and racial injustice, drawing a hopeful picture against a dark historical background…This is a historical novel for our own challenging times.”—Civil War Monitor