The Alabama Rebel: A Novel of Courage Amid Conflict

The Alabama Rebel: A Novel of Courage Amid Conflict

by R. Thomas Roe

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BN ID: 2940015695243
Publisher: Signalman Publishing
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 804 KB

About the Author

R. Thomas Roe resides in Florida and the Mountains of Colorado. He served 26 years as a pilot with the United States Air Force. He is an avid reader and writer and enjoys his associations with various USAF groups. Col. Roe graduated from St.Thomas University and William Mitchell College of Law, both in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The Alabama Rebel: A Novel of Courage amid Conflict 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
River Hunter is an unusual character, the son of a Scottish father and Cherokee mother who has been raised to live by Native American Indian or Cherokee morals and values. His father disappeared when River was a young boy but he knows he was a good man. His mother and sister live with a slave and her son who are treated as equals in their home, a most unusual state in this pre-Civil War times. River is mocked because he is proud of his Indian heritage and dresses in animal skins that he has sewn into handsome suits. Moreover, his behavior unnerves those who would normally persecute and malign him because he is so well-mannered and goal oriented. He values getting ahead and makes careful plans one step at a time to get a college education and eventually attend law school, all of this without any money to support him but with the audacious get-up-and-go plans that help him obtain the finances to obtain his dreams. River is a superb hunter who never kills for sport and always respects the lives of the animals; his favorite spot seems to be a sacred one where animals observe and even come close to him but never harm him. Life becomes dramatic when he falls in love with the daughter of a plantation owner in Alabama. She remains his friend but must marry someone else for reasons to do with the family fortune. The Civil War then begins with River demonstrating great courage and skills for which he is repeatedly promoted. The War changes him forever as he has now seen death in its most grisly form and actions that do far from show the noble nature of men. Later he will marry and become an adopted father to his former love’s son. The actions of victors after the Civil War again show the base nature of men who won the war but not the will to keep things the way they’ve always been. This novel is a bit of an enigma. It dramatically succeeds in spite of somewhat stilted language and the fact that River comes across as a character too good and perfect to be credible. At other times the author uses language clearly not of the times in which he is writing. Yet even with these limitations, The Alabama Rebel is a fine work of historical fiction depicting perilous times in which men and women sought to remain dignified in the midst of terrible prejudice, to get ahead when the lines between prosperity and poverty were huge, and when it was easier to fight than give up political positions that caused suffering for so many human beings of a different race or political party.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite Our tale begins in the years before the Civil War. River Hunter is the son of a Cherokee mother and long-disappeared and probably dead Scotch-Irish father. Despite his Native American looks, he pursues reading and an education in Alabama. River's goal is to become a lawyer. When Native Americans were forced from their homelands his family moved from the Carolinas to Alabama with its cotton belt. River is attracted to Sarah Condon, daughter of the owners of the nearby Rose Hill plantation, but her parents discourage the relationship as River is a half-Native American and dresses in buckskins. The awfulness of the Civil War descends upon this country with the election of Abraham Lincoln as President. River joins the Confederate Army and is soon known as a killing machine in battle. He rises to the rank of Colonel and when the war ends, returns to Alabama where he finds Sarah Condon to be a widow with a small son and her family's plantation burned to the ground. "The Alabama Rebel" by author Thomas Roe is the well-written story of a man, River Hunter, who succeeds despite his heritage. River Hunter, his family and friends are all well-developed characters and the plot line accurately follows history as River's story plays out. The recounting of Civil War battles could use more dialogue and less straight recounting which history buffs will know quite well. However, "The Alabama Rebel" tells of the South in those years before the Civil War and makes the reader know that not everyone living back then in the deep South was an extremist. Blacks, whites and Native Americans lived in relative peace with each other and River's ability to stand up to bullies and bigots and succeed, even making friends with them, is well-worth reading. "The Alabama Rebel" should go onto reading lists everywhere.