From the Publisher
“With a diligent handling of the primary sources and a creative approach, David Jones has crafted a fine story of Maryland brothers who are Civil War soldiers, one in blue the other in gray.” —Rea Andrew Redd, associate professor, Waynesburg University, and interim director, Eberly Library
“I can recommend David H. Jones’s Two Brothers to readers new to Civil War fiction and to those for whom the story of the war—no matter how familiar—bears repeating. Both groups will find profit in the book, less for its portrait of Whitman than for its attention to what the poet-nurse treasured above all else: the humanity that both shaped and cursed America’s most costly war.” —Craig A. Warren, assistant professor of English & professional writing, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Penn State Erie
“A wonderful read that will appeal to history buffs on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.” —Michael Aubrecht, historian and author, Pinstripe Press
Read by Kirsten Beyer with sensitivity . . . a heartfelt reading . . . yet she delivers action scenes with a sense of urgency and tension.
Former U.S. Navy officer Jones structures his dynamic Civil War novel around the experiences of two real-life brothersWilliam Prentiss, a Confederate soldier, and Clifton, a Union officeradding a smartly conceived dramatic narrative hook by imagining how poet Walt Whitman's well-documented wartime experiences might have figured into their lives. Jones's solid research and fictional flourishes illuminate the tumult and the tragedy of the war, while actress Kirsten Beyer's passionate inflection befits these 19th-century characters and brings the war to an even more intimate level for listeners. While this title will appeal to Civil War reenactors and fans of the novels of Michael Shaara and his son, Jeff Shaara, it should also interest those less informed about the war and perhaps inspire them to seek out nonfiction accounts.Dale Farris, Groves, TX