A Confederate guerrilla and a Union captain discover there’s something more dangerous in the woods than each other.
Jimmy Rawlins is a teenaged bushwhacker who leads his friends on ambushes of Union patrols. They join infamous guerrilla leader Bloody Bill Anderson on a raid through Missouri, but Jimmy questions his commitment to the Cause when he discovers this madman plans to sacrifice a Union prisoner in a hellish ritual to raise the Confederate dead.
Richard Addison is an aging captain of a lackluster Union militia. Depressed over his son’s death in battle, a glimpse of Jimmy changes his life. Jimmy and his son look so much alike that Addison becomes obsessed with saving him from Bloody Bill. Captain Addison must wreck his reputation to win this war within a war, while Jimmy must decide whether to betray the Confederacy to stop the evil arising in the woods of Missouri.
Length: 95,000 words
This is the first in the House Divided series of Civil War novels. Each book will be a standalone novel.
Sean McLachlan is the author of numerous books on Civil War and Missouri history, including American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics and Ride Around Missouri: Shelby's Great Raid 1863.
About the Author
Sean McLachlan is a former archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he specializes in fiction, history, and travel. Projects for 2016 include two more installments in his Trench Raiders WWI action series, an action novel set in the Apache Wars, a mystery set in 1920s Cairo, and a mainstream novel set in contemporary Tangier. Some more goodies will be coming out too, so stay tuned! Sean spends much of his time on the road researching and writing. He's traveled to more than 30 countries, interviewing nomads in Somaliland, climbing to clifftop monasteries in Ethiopia, studying Crusader castles in Syria, and exploring caves in his favorite state of Missouri. This photo shows him at one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Sean is always happy to hear from his readers, so drop him a line!