Echoes of Distant Thunder

Echoes of Distant Thunder

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by Frank Slaughter
     
 

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Twenty-year old Michigan farm boy Will Castor finds his life changed forever as he is thrust into the harsh realities of nineteenth-century combat on the last day of the battle of Chickamauga. Wounded physically and mentally, Will escapes the battlefield aided by a war weary Confederate deserter, but can’t escape the echoes of death and horror that will remain…  See more details below

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Twenty-year old Michigan farm boy Will Castor finds his life changed forever as he is thrust into the harsh realities of nineteenth-century combat on the last day of the battle of Chickamauga. Wounded physically and mentally, Will escapes the battlefield aided by a war weary Confederate deserter, but can’t escape the echoes of death and horror that will remain with him for the rest of his life.

Returning to Michigan after the war, Will deals with guilt and recurring nightmares from his war experience, finding relief in the numbing effects of a bottle of whiskey and the bawdy houses of East Saginaw. He joins the rough and tumble world of Michigan’s lumber boom as a land looker seeking the majestic white pine. Alone in the vast northern Michigan wilderness, he comes face to face with his demons and must make a decision—life or death

Echoes of Distant Thunder is a compelling historical drama vividly portraying Michigan’s rich history, landscape and participation in the Civil War. Author Frank P. Slaughter, a re-enactor with Battery D First Michigan Light Artillery, brings stark realism to the battle scenes with his knowledge of Civil War tactics and munitions. On this the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Will Castor’s story could be the story of veterans from all wars as they continue to fight the battles that can’t be left on the battlefield.

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Editorial Reviews

Doug Stanton
Frank P. Slaughter has written a beautiful novel about a man looking for peace in a chaotic world, almost 150 years ago. That the drama of this novel rings true about today's events, as it does for the men and women caught up in the Civil War is a testament to Slaughter's powers as an artist. This is pure joy to read; from the opening sentence and a campfire in Chickamauga, to the final scene overlooking northern lakes in 1970's Michigan, Slaughter writes with a historian's assured eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013230040
Publisher:
Arbutus Press
Publication date:
09/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
397,420
File size:
938 KB

Meet the Author

Author Frank P. Slaughter, a re-enactor with Battery D First Michigan Light Artillery. He produces a radio show at WIAA, Interlochen, Michigan and is a licensed pilot.

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