Gideon's Call

Gideon's Call

by Peter Leavell
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Gideon's Call 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Peter Leavell, for taking up the task of telling one of the most intriguing aspects of the Civil War: the Port Royal Experiment. Gideon's Call struck that fine balance between drawing us into the personal drama of individuals, and painting for us the larger picture of what was at stake during this time period: freedom and bondage, life and death, love and duty. Having studied this piece of history myself (but clearly only a fraction of Leavell's investment into it!), I was delighted to see so many historical figures in the novel, not just making cameo appearances, but as robust characters. The author adeptly carried the reader from Boston to Washington to South Carolina, presenting the drama from varied perspectives. Some books entertain. Some books teach. Gideon's Call does both. ~Jocelyn Green, author of Wedded to War
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having come from a home rich with love for our American heritage and having spent many loving moments with a parent who adored Civil War *anything*- I consider this novel to be an accurate picture of the time as well as being an entertaining read. The characters are all fleshed-out beautifully, making them easy to love, forgive, and even despise. In my opinion, this book could have comfortably been a companion to the 1989 historical blockbuster film "Glory". Excellent, vivid descriptions of the South combined with all the above assets make this a keeper in our home, to be enjoyed by the whole family.
JacksonJWJW More than 1 year ago
It is amazing this book is a first time novel. It is written very well and blends the historical events into an accourate description of what the lives of the fictional characters would be like as the Civil War breaks out. The struggles of the young boy Tad and the other characters in the book are very real and adventurous. The descriptive manner of the book draws you into the events that take place. It is not just a story. You feel like you are actually there.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
"Gideon's Call" has been sitting on one of my bookshelves for 3 years! When packing for vacation I grabbed the book, looking forward to a good Civil War novel. This is not only a good Civil War novel, it's a powerful and unforgettable one! An in-depth account of the atrocities that slaves endured is agonizing. My heart broke for Tad as he was mistreated because of the color of his skin. An authentic portrayal painted through words gives credibility to a people who suffered like nothing we can begin to imagine. Civil War details are well researched and documented in this historic telling of a monumental time in our nation's history. The characters portrayed in this epic novel are described in detail, creating personalities that bring them to life. Freedom's advantages evolve into disaster and defeat in a matter of time once slaves were declared freedmen. The landscape comes alive with trees draped in moss, muddy marshes dark in the canopy of the forest. Alternately, the battlefields are crimson with blood and fallen soldiers litter the earth. These visions will live in my mind long after absorbing this book. The mistreatment of an entire group of people is heart wrenching. I highly recommend this book. It is earthy, genuine, perceptive and humanitarian, written with compassion. A powerful and memorable book! This is an author to follow. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
This novel of the Civil War provided me with a fresh point of view on the conflict.  It is not the story of a Northern soldier fighting to free the oppressed nor a Confederate soldier fighting to protect his home.  It is the story of a group of slaves who suddenly found themselves to be freedmen.  Peter Leavell shows us the struggles of the freedman community of Port Royal, South Carolina through the eyes of one of the former slaves and one of the Northerners who has come to fight for their place in society.  Port Royal is not just the backdrop to the story...the fate of the community and its inhabitants IS the story.   The author has clearly done his research and focuses on the political, social, and religion difficulties that these men and women faced.  This book does not fall into the trap of offering preachy pat answers or trite idealistic solutions. It is an honest look at the difficult situation in which these people found themselves. The book's writing style is very readable (despite a few awkward scene changes) and kicks up a notch from "good" to "very good" in several deeply emotional scenes.  A few romantic scenes made me roll my eyes a little (because I'm a guy), but the romance never overshadowed the main story.  Overall: this is a great debut novel, and I enjoyed learning about an aspect of the Civil War that I didn't know about before.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Tad is a young slave boy who has just discovered just how different life is for him because of the color of his skin. Shortly after his first whipping, soldiers from the North descend on Fort Beauregard and destroy it. The southern plantation owners flee, leaving their slaves behind. Tad sets to work planting his field. He’s going to need a corn harvest if they’re all going to eat come winter. But when some men and women from the north show up to start a school, Tad starts to think he’d like to be a soldier and fight too.  This is a story that’s based on true events. It also won the Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel Contest. Well deserved, I’d say. The story sucked me in from the start, as Tad got into mischief following his friend into trouble. I couldn’t put it down. I found it fascinating and very engaging. I thought this was a unique take on Civil War events. I’m a big fan of the movie Glory, and some of the real people from that movie also appear in this book. This is an entertaining read for pretty much anyone. Whether you like history or are learning about it at school, this is a great book. I highly enjoyed it.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Sweeping story of an intriguing sidebar of Civil War history. Leavell's impeccable research and excellent writing highlights some of history's quieter heroes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago