This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This Scorched Earth is an amazing tour de force depicting a family’s journey from devastation to rebirth following the American Civil War, from New York Times best-selling author William Gear.
The American Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. To truly understand the madness and despair of such a horrendous conflict, one needs to pick a moment. Or see that war through one family’s eyes. In rural Arkansas, such were the Hancocks. Devastated by a cruel war, they faced down their personal hells and, in spite of it all, survived. Their survival is a testament to the power of love...and the American spirit. This is their story. And ours.
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|Listening Length||25 hours and 22 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 03, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #71,971 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,068 in War & Military Fiction
#1,666 in Military Historical Fiction
#4,044 in War Fiction (Books)
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by William Gear
William Gear is not a new name to historical fiction and with connections to his more famous historical fiction books Coyote Summer, and the Morning River, this is a magnum opus of stories. The dynamic characters bring these controversy to prominence, drawing the reader into changing their mind of the history we learned in school. He dives right into the conflict and controversy of the Civil war. Not from the Northern or the Southern opinion but from the good men and women affected by a war they did not want to join the battle for ideals. He defines his characters as a family that does not agree with slavery. Yet they find themselves forced to rationalize it in defense of their home. His characters are affected profoundly by the politics, and effects of the war. William Gear looks at so many parts and controversies of the turbulent history connected to this battle for freedom, life and choice. The Civil War was a battle of wills, ideals, and controversy that made men fight battles against violent, diversive ideals that tore at the fabric of America. Its repercussions have not yet dissipated in the waves of the world history. William shows the brutal reality of the battles, with the repercussions of technological developments of weapons and tactics that are devastating in their effect. He looks into the medical developments before and after the war that changed society, from surgical practices, to the care and maintenance of prisoners. Particularly the mental health changes that have repercussions with our military today like PTSD and other war time affects. The later half of the book looks into the personal changes that happened to those who survive not only the battles but prison camps, and jayhawkers, and other war atrocities. This family is torn apart limb from limb by the war, as all parts of it is divided and devoured by the evil brought from both sides of the conflict. And just surviving is not an option. This book will bring a new light to an old conflict and show men and women today how the whitewashed history books got it all wrong. War is not glory, it is not fame, it is not ideals but a touch of insanity in a world without reason.
Thank You my friend William Gear
Sincerely - Tess Cole
One lesson is that the brutality of war begets even more brutality. The deep scars of war often last well behind truces and surrenders and that the signing of peace treaties does not always bring peace. In the long run, there are very few winners, but those who eventually come to grips with the brutality can begin to put it behind them and can persist to at least be survivors.
Many accolades have been bestowed on Mr. Gear's masterpiece and I will not try to top those, other than to say This Scorched Earth is A Must Read, no matter what your preferred genre is.