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Title:
This scorched earth
ISBN:
9780765382368
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
704 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Forge Book."
Summary:
The American Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. To truly understand the madness and despair of such a horrendous conflict one needs to pick a moment. Or see that war through one family's eyes. In rural Arkansas, such was the Hancocks. Devastated by a cruel war, they faced down their personal hells and in spite of it all survived. Their survival is a testament to the power of love ... and the American spirit. This is their story. And ours.

1860s. In rural Arkansas, the Hancocks-- three brothers and their sister-- do not believe in slavery, but believe in their farm, their land, and their family. As the war proceeds-- as the Hancocks are pulled into the conflicts-- they must face down their personal hells. Devastated by a war, having survived the atrocities, these ordinary people must continue to fight carpetbaggers, mental and physical breakdowns, madness and despair as they face the future. -- adapted from jacket and book text.
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This Scorched Earth is an amazing tour de force depicting a family's journey from near-devastation in the Civil War to their rebirth in the American West, from New York Times bestselling author William Gear.

The Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation.

In rural Arkansas, the Hancocks were devastated by that war. They not only lost everything, but experienced an unimaginable hell.

How does a traumatized human being put themselves back together? Where does a person begin to heal his or her broken mind...and does one choose damnation or redemption? For the Hancock siblings: Doc, Sarah, Butler, and Billy, the American frontier becomes a metaphor for the wilderness within--raw, and capable of being shaped. Self-salvation, however, always comes with a price.

Their journey is a testament to the power of love...and the American spirit.

This is their story. And ours.


Author Notes

W. Michael Gear was born on May 20, 1955 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received a master's degree in anthropology from Colorado State University in 1979. He married Kathleen O'Neal Gear in 1982, and they have collaborated on a series of books for young adults. The theme of these books is ancient civilizations, and the titles include People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, People of the Sea, and People of the Lakes. They own Wind River Archaeologist Consultants, which is a private research firm. He has also written several books by himself including the Forbidden Borders Trilogy, Morning River, and Dark Inheritance.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gear ventures into new territory, taking a break from the Native American series he coauthors with his wife, Kathleen O'Neal Gear. Fast-forwarding hundreds of years and tackling an entirely new subject, he spins the saga of a frontier family caught in the throes of the Civil War and irrevocably changed by the twists and turns the hostilities wreak upon their individual and collective lives. As the Hancocks of western Arkansas wrestle with moral, physical, and spiritual hardships and dilemmas, Gear paints a gritty, often brutal portrait of the war and its aftermath. Though the four Hancock siblings Philip, the doctor; Butler, the scholar; Billy, the hothead; and Sarah, the resilient beauty all have ringside seats to the horror show that is the Civil War, they each deal with their experiences and the ensuing physical and psychological battle scars in radically different ways. Gear, an archaeologist and historian, brings one of the saddest chapters in U.S. history vividly to life and invests the gripping narrative with identifiable characters and enough authentic detail to satisfy dedicated Civil War buffs.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

On the eve of the American Civil War, Philip "Doc" Hancock, a newly minted surgeon, travels home to his family in Arkansas: his Paw and Maw; his brilliant scholar brother, Butler, a rising in influence in the state government; his beautiful teenage sister Sarah, eagerly waiting to be introduced into Little Rock society, and his youngest brother Billy, a hunter. But the war changes the dreams and fates of the Hancock family. In alternating chapters the siblings provide a perspective on life before, during, and after the Civil War. Seeking escape from the horrors they experienced during the war, they all eventually move west. VERDICT Through vivid scenes of combat and dynamic characters, best-selling author Gear (writing as W. Michael with his wife, Kathleen O'Neal Gear) has penned a gripping and epic historical novel. Civil War buffs will eagerly follow the -Hancocks from the battlefields and homefront to the bars, brothels, and railroad towns of the West.-Emily Hamstra, Seattle © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.