This is the story of those men, the crew of the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a battleship. The Civil War mission came to a tragic end when the Hunley disappeared shortly after completing its task in the waters off the South Carolina coast in February 1864. The fate of the vessel and its crew remained a mystery until 1995.
The novel is also a love story that survived for one hundred forty years. Among the men who served on the Hunley on its last mission, was its commander, Lt. George Dixon. It was rumored for years that Dixon's sweetheart, Queenie Bennett, gave him a gold coin that saved his life at the Battle of Shiloh. After raising the vessel, crews discovered the $20 gold piece. It was bent, just as it would be if it stopped a bullet. The coin was inscribed:
April 6, 1862
My life Preserver
G. E. D
|Publisher:||Melange Books, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite "The Hunley: The Civil War's Secret Weapon" by Larry C. Kerr is a novel of historical fiction that tells the story of the H.L. Hunley, the very first submarine to sink an enemy ship. On February 17, 1864, Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley rammed and sank the Union's USS Housantonic in the Atlantic waters off of Charleston, SC. The story starts at the start of the Civil War with the construction of the first submersible and continues to the bitter end for the loss of the Hunley showing the trials and the costs, both in material and human life. I have always been a fan of historical fiction and felt this story would be right up my alley. I wasn't disappointed. While history fans will know the final outcome, they will find this story contains action, adventure, intrigue, and even romance. The characters of this story are pulled from both history and Mr. Kerr’s imagination. The history portion tells of Lt. George Dixon, the ill-fated Hunley’s last commander and his fiancee, Miss Queenie Bennett. The story also brings us Ben Crowder, a Union spy with conflicting emotions who secretly attempts to stop the construction and implementation of the vessel. All the characters were well-developed and the character of Crowder set the stage for most of the later action and intrigue. The setting is well done and later in the story the reader can actually relive the last voyage of the Hunley at least from the author's imagination. Very well done.