During the bloody American Civil War, the stark reality of death leads one young man on a course of revenge that takes him from his quiet farm in northern Alabama to the horrific battlefields of Virginia and Pennsylvania.
On Christmas Eve 1862, David Summers hears the dreaded news: his father has perished at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Reeling with grief and thoughts of vengeance, David enlists and sets off for Richmond to join the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
But once in the cavalry, David's life changes drastically, and his dream of glamorous chivalry becomes nothing but a cold, cruel existence of pain and suffering. He is hurled into one battle after another, and his desire for revenge wanes when he experiences first-hand the catastrophes of war.
A haunting look at the human side of one of America's most tragic conflicts, A Beckoning Hellfire speaks to the delusion of war's idealism.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much. Through the eyes of David Summers I got a really good feeling of what it must have been like during the civil war. From the harsh realities of the battlefields to the everyday life of a young solider away from home for the first time. It put a face on the enormous number of causalities beyond death that happened not somewhere else but right here in our own backyard. A great read.
I really enjoyed the pacing of this book. The progression that protagonist, David, goes through from a small, Southern farm to the chaotic battlefields is really intense. The novel was also really nice because it taught me some new stuff about the civil war a topic that is widely written about and studied. However, at the same time it wasn't horribly dry like a text book or something. Very enjoyable read and great for anyone who loves war or historical fiction novels.
Oh man!!! At first, I wasn't sure about the book, but then when I started to read it, I discovered the age old saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover"! I LOVED IT!!! I can't wait until the next one comes out so I can snatch it up!!!! I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!!!