Revenge and Forgiveness

Often the back story of a book is as much of interest as the story itself. That is indeed the case here. Joel Moore is an author I have known for some time. He is an interesting man, his passion is the civil war, but with a twist. The war is viewed through the eyes of children. His four book series Journey Into Darkness is a great example. While factually correct, he also weaves some fictional characters into the books to help explain what that period of history must have been like. For Journey Into Darkness he uses a young drummer boy as his storyteller. It is a wonderful technique, history to many people is viewed as a dry and often boring subject. Joel Moore makes it an interesting journey of discovery.

Blake’s Story, Revenge And Forgiveness  follows the same path, but in a very unique way. In real life Joel is very involved in the subject of the Civil War and considered by many a serious researcher. I certainly would not want to debate him on any aspect of the subject. He is also very much a family man. His love of the Civil War period is infectious, two of his grandchildren are featured pictorially in Journey Into Darkness.

He has taken a further step with Blake’s Story, his co-author Bryson B. Brodzinski, is actually his 11 year old Great Grandson.

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Bryson in costume

It was Bryson who pitched the story outline to Joel. And Joel did the  research and editing. The original plan was to evolve the story via Email, but what 11 year old boy has time for that? Instead Bryson  took finger to keyboard and presented Great Grandfather Joel with an outline of his idea. Then the email started. I often ask authors where they get their inspiration from, but rarely is the answer an 11 year old boy.

It would be unfair and against my principles to share too much of the plot. However, I think it is only right and proper to share a snippet from the opening page.

Corinth, Miss.
April 9, 1862
Mrs. Micah Bradford
Bradford Plantation
Shelby, NC

Dear Madam,

During the battle at Shiloh our soldiers attacked a line of Union soldiers. Captain Micah Bradford was struck down by a federal soldier. He was struck in the head and died instantly. After the battle he was buried on the battlefield. We assure you that we will send his personal affects to the plantation.

 I remain yours,

David H. Cummings, Col., 19th Tennessee

This was written by 11 year old Bryson. He clearly has a gift for writing. If I was a gambling man, I think the world will see more of Bryson in the future.

It is this letter that sends teenager Blake Bradford into war. Revenge would be to kill the man who killed his father.

Blake’s journey proves to be an interesting one, I think it would be fair to say that rarely is there a clear winner in a conflict, merely an outcome. I rather enjoyed Blake’s Story for that very reason, the difference between good and evil is a very fine line.

You can get your copy of Blake’s Story, Revenge And Forgiveness by clicking on the Amazon link above.

Simon Barrett

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