Up From Thunder

Up From Thunder

by Susan K. Salzer

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For 16-year-old Hattie Rood, Mr. Lincoln's War has brought nothing but death and hardship. She has lost one brother to a Yankee sharpshooter, another is away fighting with the Confederate army, and her aging father is barely able to keep the family tobacco farm going. One hot August night in 1864, Hattie's life takes another dramatic turn when rebel bushwhackers bring a wounded Jesse James to the Rood farmhouse, to recover or die. During the next four weeks, as she nurses 17-year-old Jesse back to health, Hattie learns about herself, the lawlessness of war, and— most importantly— the character of the wounded boy she comes to love.

Based on actual events, Up From Thunder explores the uniquely savage Civil War in Missouri —a conflict that pitted guerillas led by men like "Bloody Bill" Anderson and William Quantrill against Jayhawkers and often unscrupulous Federal forces. It also examines the ways in which these desperate events and personalities shaped the lives of young Missourians like Hattie Rood, caught in the crossfire.

The seed of Salzer’s novel was a short story entitled “Cornflower Blue,” for which she received the 2009 Spur Award (Western Writers of America) for Best Short Fiction.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012128836
Publisher: Cave Hollow Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 130 KB

About the Author

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Susan K. Salzer has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor for Mizzou, and freelance journalist. She started writing fiction in 1996, has published western fiction in literary magazines, and had a short story appear in Westward (Forge Books, 2003). Up From Thunder is her first full length novel. Salzer lives in Columbia with her husband and four children.

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Up from Thunder 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
comom More than 1 year ago
This is a reasonably good book, I think, though I bought it as a NOOK book and have not been able to read the final 30 pages or so of it. I would NOT recommend buying it as a NOOK book as it does not work properly as a NOOK book. The navigation functions are non-existant--you cannot do any searching, look at the table of contents, etc., you can just read the text and turn pages backwards and forwards--if you want to go back and find the first mention of a characer, for instance, you just have to page backwards until you find it. That did not bother me too much as it is a fairly short read. If you do decide buy it as a NOOK book, I recommend you read it all the way through without exiting from the book, or near the end it may quit opening properly and you will not be able to finish reading it. That is what happened to me about 30 pages from the end. I have tried re-downloading it, which did not help. I have also tried completely wiping the NOOK app from my device and reloading it, but this did not help either. (All my other NOOK books were and are fine before and after this latter maneuver.) Perhaps the book does work correctly on the actual NOOK reader, which I do not have. I have successfully read several NOOK books on my iPod Touch 4G (with all tools working correctly), but as detailed above, this one gave me problems, so beware. I am hoping to be able to finish the book on my PC when I get back home from my vacation, but it is disappointing to lose the ability to open it on my iPod when so near the end of the read. Maybe that is all one can expect for $3.99, but I would rather pay a bit more and be able to have a workable product.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. I found myself transported back in time to the dusty and dangerous civil war years in Missouri. Salzer did a great job of weaving an actual historic character, in the person of Jesse James, into her novel. I started the book one day and couldn't put it down till I had finished it. I had none of the problems experienced by another reviewer and hightly recommend it as a nook book. It's a GREAT book.