This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West By William Gear

    Interesting theme tracing three brothers and a sister from western Arkansas through the Civil War. Story concludes in 1868 Denver. This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West Epic 4.5 star novel. This book is billed as a novel
    of the Civil War but it is much more. The first half follows an affluent family in northern Arkansas through the prelude and actual fighting of the war. The writing is excellent and the Arkansas perspective was especially interesting as this region is rarely covered in Civil War fiction. It seems well researched as every aspect I did further research on supported the novel. The author, rather than presenting a heroic battle fighting story, focuses more on the impact of war on individuals. The reader of course knows the war’s outcome but the detailed descriptions through the eyes of his characters makes the experience so vivid it is not for the squeamish. The second half of the book is where I was completely drawn in though. Very little is written about the impact of the Civil War on westward expansion. This book ties together the trauma and related pathology to individuals and how many of those severely damaged people went West. They did so because they no longer had homes or more likely because they were so damaged,hurt, disillusioned by the war they left the East. These individuals and their pathos fed the Indian Wars, the gambling houses, the brothels, the competition for resources and the outlaw mentality of the late 19th century Wild West. This thesis the detailed exploration of individuals through the experiences of one family was masterful. If you enjoy history and psychology and are comfortable reading a graphic exploration of war and its aftermath, or if the HBO series Deadwood hooked you, you will likely appreciate this novel. I check Arkansas off my 2019 50 state challenge. For more states to get to.

    This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West I thought the details about life at the time were interesting. The characters seemed more like caricatures than real people. This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West I was at the airport waiting for my flight when I realized I'd left the book I was reading at home, so I picked this book from the store shelf and started reading it! I should confess that I really enjoyed reading the whole thing during my whole trip. This is a must-read Civil War epic, in my opinion. I couldn't stop reading it and I think the realistic view of William Gear makes it truly intriguing. War can ruin anyone and anything as we all know, but, unfortunately, what it does to the survivors is another world to explore. The main characters are interesting and the plot by itself is inviting. You can get connected to the characters and feel their extent of challenges in a realistic way. Gear put lots of effort into creating this work and I am pleased to give this story 5 stars! This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West I liked the story of this family. The description of the war is very disturbing but true. What I didn't care for was that the story could probably have been told in half the words. This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West


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    The Hancocks of Arkansas were true American pioneers: tough, enterprising, eager to make their own destinies.

    Then came the Civil War, the deadly, murderous conflict that sundered the bonds between brothers, destroyed most of a generation, and cast the Hancocks to the winds...

    Against this bloody backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the struggle to rebuild, William Gear draws his readers irresistibly into the hopes, dreams, and despairs of the Hancock siblings: Philip, the doctor whose life is destroyed upon his return home; Butler, the teacher whose path leads to mysticism and insanity; Billy, who fails to protect his mother and sister and, in his guilt, becomes a monster; and Sarah, the stunning beauty who flees West to reinvent herself after surviving a brutal attack.

    Through the tragedies and triumphs of a single family, this sprawling epic shows how ordinary people deal with unimaginable devastation, and how the bonds of family can never truly be broken. This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West

    This Scorched Earth
    by William Gear
    William Gear is not a new name to historical fiction and with connections to his more famous historical fiction books Coyote Summer, and the Morning River, this is a magnum opus of stories. The dynamic characters bring these controversy to prominence, drawing the reader into changing their mind of the history we learned in school. He dives right into the conflict and controversy of the Civil war. Not from the Northern or the Southern opinion but from the good men and women affected by a war they did not want to join the battle for ideals. He defines his characters as a family that does not agree with slavery. Yet they find themselves forced to rationalize it in defense of their home. His characters are affected profoundly by the politics, and effects of the war. William Gear looks at so many parts and controversies of the turbulent history connected to this battle for freedom, life and choice. The Civil War was a battle of wills, ideals, and controversy that made men fight battles against violent, diversive ideals that tore at the fabric of America. Its repercussions have not yet dissipated in the waves of the world history. William shows the brutal reality of the battles, with the repercussions of technological developments of weapons and tactics that are devastating in their effect. He looks into the medical developments before and after the war that changed society, from surgical practices, to the care and maintenance of prisoners. Particularly the mental health changes that have repercussions with our military today like PTSD and other war time affects. The later half of the book looks into the personal changes that happened to those who survive not only the battles but prison camps, and jayhawkers, and other war atrocities. This family is torn apart limb from limb by the war, as all parts of it is divided and devoured by the evil brought from both sides of the conflict. And just surviving is not an option. This book will bring a new light to an old conflict and show men and women today how the whitewashed history books got it all wrong. War is not glory, it is not fame, it is not ideals but a touch of insanity in a world without reason.
    This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West 3.5 out of 5. A VERY thick novel, in which I was so engrossed I devoured it quickly. A fascinating look at the nitty-gritty of the Civil War and its effects on a simple farm family from Arkansas. Each of the siblings reacts in their own way and afterwards, the siren call of the West pulls them there. I don't think I'll ever look through rose-colored glasses at the Civil War again. They all make new lives for themselves there. I wondered how authentic the author's descriptions of the Indians were later in the novel, when one brother lives among them. Too much sexual description disgusted me in the last half.

    Recommended. This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West Gripping. Brutal. Loved it. Not since Lonesome Dove was I moved by a piece of historical fiction so much. Now off to re-read Gear's Spider trilogy!! This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West This is a big book with a big story to tell. Following a prominent Arkansas farming family from 1861 through 1868, the Civil War is the centerpiece of this novel. This is not a sugar coated portrayal of the Civil War. The butchery, madness, murder, violation and starvation of both sides (civilian and military) are quite sobering. Butler furnishes a “you are there” view of the battles at Shiloh and Chickamauga which eventually push him over the edge of sanity. There’s a little Carlos Castaneda present in Butler’s story. Philip (Doc) tries to save as many people as possible on and off the battlefield. The carnage is beyond imagining. Their sister, Sarah, does everything she can do just to survive and many of the things she does would never have entered her mind prior to the war. The youngest sibling, Billy, unable to cope with what he felt was a tremendous failure becomes the devil incarnate. In short, all are deeply scarred by their experiences. In some ways, this grand tale is a timely novel. The impact of the Civil War can still be felt today as cities across America debate, remove and relocate symbols of the Confederacy. This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West William Gear's This Scorched Earth is a terrific novel of the Civil War and post-Civil War period. I meant to provide this brief review after I finished the novel in January or February of this year, but failed to do so. He focuses on a family from Arkansas and follows them through that tumultuous time. Gear and his wife have collaborated over the past twenty some odd years on a series of novels focusing on the settlement of North America by Native American peoples and their research and historical accuracy are renowned, and Gear brings that same attention to detail and accuracy to this novel. I really enjoyed it. This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West