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Friday, January 9, 2009

Two Wars, One Man

Hallam's War
by Elisabeth Payne Rosen
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Unbridled Books (May 27, 2008)
Rated 5 stars of 5 Possible

At first glance, the reader might think Hallam's War is only another war story; but it very much is not JUST any war story. True, the novel does take place immediately prior to and at the beginning of the Civil War - or the "war between the states" as it was then called. Yet the Civil War quickly takes a back seat to the ethical struggles of Hugh Hallam, who has been forced to make some moral compromises due to being caught up in a maelstrom that leaves him no acceptable choices... so Hallam's War becomes the story of two very different types of war, both of which are fought by one resiliant and resourceful man.

While there is some romance involved, it is low-key, as befits a married couple with three children, one of them in his teens. Of far more prominence is the detail of the Civil War battles and the ethical and moral choices faced by the protagonist. Real historical figures make some brief appearances in this captivating and dramatic novel that grips the reader from the first page and doesn't let go until the last page is finished.

I can highly recommend this well-written and accurately researched novel to all readers of historical fiction from ages 18 and up. Due to some mature themes, readers under age 18 should check with their parents or guardians before reading this splendid novel.

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