December 1941, Pearl Harbor. A peaceful Sunday morning turns into a devastating attack on American soil. Naval officer Malcolm "Mac" Kelsey is severely wounded while defending his ship. A flawed man abandoned long ago by his alcoholic wife, Kelsey has been mired in despair and hopelessness following the accidental death of Lucy, the young daughter he considers the only redemptive aspect of his life. Near the point of death, Kelsey is brought to what he believes to be an afterlife where he is offered an opportunity to shed his past memories and embark upon an alternate path in another place and time. Eager to escape his torment and begin a more tranquil existence, Kelsey accepts, only to feel quickly betrayed as he soon finds himself back in the midst of battle, this time as a Union soldier at the dawn of the Civil War.
Through Antietam, Gettysburg and four years of relentless fighting, Kelsey attempts to cast aside his painful past while trying to survive the horrors of combat. He crosses paths with compelling figures on both sides of the conflict determined to persevere and return to those they left behind. Idealistic Ethan Royston, promoted from the enlisted ranks, believes in preserving the Union but is plagued by insecurity and self-doubt. His closest friend, West Point-trained Cal Garrity, remains loyal to his home state of Virginia despite his misgivings about the virtue of the Southern cause. The war will divide these friends, just as it will divide Garrity from his adoring wife, Emily, the charismatic and headstrong daughter of a prominent Norfolk shipbuilder, forced to face the onset of war alone.
Each will endure unimaginable hardship and brutality that will forever reshape their core beliefs and values. Each will find their strength and resolve tested as they search for self-purpose, humanity, and reconciliation. Most of all, Mac Kelsey will discover the very essence of life and death, and whether the new beginning he has long coveted will bring him the inner peace he has so desperately sought.
|Publisher:||Neverland Publishing Company, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.58(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.88(d)|
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Let me start by saying that this is not the sort of book you would find me reading on any given day. I read Stephen King and Kim Harrison. Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter, yes. I love a good scare, and I like a book with intensity. If I have a chance to figure out a good who-done-it, all the better. I didn't expect to fall in love with this book. BUT I DID. Kutler brings together several genres with a fluidity I've never experienced before. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, romance and a hint of the supernatural all flourish in a tale told in a vivid, historically accurate setting. I was invested in the characters from the beginning and found it difficult to put the book down. Do yourself a favor, and READ THIS BOOK. You won't regret it.
What an incredible journey through time! In vivid detail, the author took me back in history to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Civil War. He tied it all together so beautifully through the tragedy and travails of an intriguing and complex cast of characters. The story took me to the intersection of life and death, and caused this reader to ponder on a deeper level about the Other Side of Life. It was engaging from start to finish with a gripping adventure and a touching love story set against the backdrop of the horrors of war. I just loved how the story wove through actual historical events, bringing them to life. It is obvious to this reader that the author was expertly in command of his subject matter too. The characters were authentic to the time periods and believable. I would definitely recommend this book not only to history buffs but to anyone who likes action and adventure.