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Chase The Wild Pigeons: A novel of the Civil War Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 852 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065RPY3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John J. Gschwend Jr., born 1961, lives in Marvell Arkansas with his family.

John has always loved history--not the boring stuff we learned in high school, but the rich stories that move people, stories that bring history back to life and make you want to know more. These are the stories he tells in his books.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edwynne on May 21, 2012
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Gifted author John Gschwend has written an exceptional novel of historical fiction about the Civil War in 1863, set in Helena, Arkansas, including the Battle of Helena at Fort Curtis and an important journey to the Shenandoah Valley. Two young adolescent boys, one white age 12, and one black age 16, become indelibly imprinted on your mind. Because this is a character-driven story, you laugh and you cry, you love and you hate, you react and you reflect. Gschwend's heart and soul resonate on every page. The story is action-packed. The description is superb. True factual history comes alive as the story was extensively researched at the Library of Congress, through slave diaries, studying Yankee topographical maps - the author has a long list of his research references. The author himself traveled the journey he wrote about, standing on the battlefields, closing his eyes and imagining that he were there. Gschwend's foremost goal was to present the truth of the times as he incorporated all the elements of a memorable story. John Gschwend's passion is writing. He does not disappoint!! As a former high school English and composition teacher and now a librarian, I believe this book would be an excellent choice for students to read about the Civil War. Students would
enjoy this exciting book and they would remember the history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By donna Zimmerman on March 30, 2012
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A fast moving insight into life of both Black & White teens & adults caught up in the Civil War. Both sides of the conflict are portrayed truthfully. This book is hard to set down. I was interested because it covers a Battle at Helena Arkansas, that Union troops from our area in WI were involved in. The Battle at Vicksburg overshadows it on the same
time period. From the civilian populations prospective neither side is helping them survive the War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lenny on February 19, 2012
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I normally dont read books. I was told by a friend about this book so I bought it. I found it hard to put the book down. I could visualize the scene like being there. This book was written about an area close to where I use to live. I was not aware of the types of battles that really happened during the civel war era. I was amazed by how many passenger pigeons were present back in those days to only be extinct now.

I strongly recommmend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DW on March 31, 2012
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'Chase the Wild Pigeons' is the story of an epic journey made by two boys, one white, one black, from Arkansas to the white boy's home in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, during the height of the American Civil War. We see both sides of the bloody struggle through the boys' eyes and feel their confusion and divided loyalties. Gettysburg has just been fought as the book begins and the tide is turning in favour of the North, but the South is still far from ready to capitulate. All this is so much incidental detail to Joe and Peter as they pass from farmstead to farmstead on their long, weary journey, all the while hunted by the murderous former slave, Lucius, who believes that a necklace in the boys' possession is his pass to a kingdom back in Africa.

John G. Gschwend fills the book with period detail, even to the extent of apologising in advance for using terms that would be considered offensive today, but were in common use at the time. You can almost smell the deep south as they make their way through it.

A well-written. well-paced book that charts the developing relationship between two young minds caught up in a horror, not of their making.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Granny on March 22, 2012
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Never written a review before--but if you like stories about the Civil War
you'll love this one! When I purchased this book there was no review
written(and I always read the reviews) but decided to take a chance and
what a story it was!!! Have told all my friends about it. It would make a
wonderful movie--
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Haaser on October 6, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book, i wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. It brought back a lot of history of that period in time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Ford on August 9, 2012
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I love historical fiction. This was a very well written and interesting story. I would reccommend it to anyone. I have a 13 year old Grandson that loves history - I think I'll buy him the book version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Myers on July 5, 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much. I am a history lover - and so the subject was right up my alley but I enjoyed it for other reasons as well. I think the characters were very well developed. I feel as if I know Joe and Peter - and feel as if I have met them in person. I fell in love with Peter and the man he became. The language/dialect did not bother me at all and I think it was necessary to be true to the period the book depicted. I wish it did not have to have such violence depicted - but then again it was about what war does to people. You would not have understood what the boys faced if the violence had not been included. As a Christian I was refreshed by Peter's faith - I feel as if our Lord was saying "Well done!" to both he and the author. I am going to recommend it to my book club.
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