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

John J. Gschwend Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There was more to the Civil War than famous, glorified generals--much more. In this well-researched historical novel, you will see how the terrible Civil War affected the folks on the home front, too. The story is Civil War fiction. This history is real.

The Civil War South in 1863 is desperate and dangerous. For Joe, a 12-year-old boy suddenly alone and 600 miles from home, it's a nightmare come true. But for this rascal of a boy, it's also the adventure of a lifetime. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have nothing on him when it comes to adventure.

This a story of a special friendship that only comes along once in in a lifetime. Joe, who is white, and Peter, sixteen and a free Black, become unlikely friends and learn to depend on each other as they try to escape the desperate Confederate South.

Follow these two as they trek through a war-torn countryside and witness war at its worse. They travel through a landscape decimated by brutal battles, and encounter people--black and white--who have suffered the extreme hardships and depredation of three years of war. All the while they learn to depend on each other, and they grow a binding love as special as any two brothers. They will need each other more than they know--unknown to them, they are being pursued by a deranged killer.

What others are saying:

"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..."--Edwynne, Librarian and Retired English Teacher

"Set in the deep south, Chase The Wild Pigeons is a historically accurate novel that transports the reader back to the Civil War. The reader finds himself pulled into life on the Mississippi River, Southern culture and even Civil War era flora and fauna. Mr. Gschwend paints a vivid picture of the effects of war on a nation, especially from the stand point of a child. Chase The Wild Pigeons does a fine job of illustrating racial tensions across the South without being offensive, and tells a lovely story of two young men who have only each other to rely on. Entwined into this entertaining story is adventure, one that makes it difficult to put down. I read this book into the wee hours of the night! I highly recommend this book!"--JennBryant

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  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1105182479
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065RPY3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Civil War comes alive and will be remembered! May 21, 2012
By Edwynne
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Chase the Wild Pigeons March 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of period detail March 31, 2012
By DW
Format:Kindle Edition
'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
5.0 out of 5 stars Chase The Wild Pigeons March 22, 2012
By Granny
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about the civil war and the civil war ways February 19, 2012
By Lenny
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Understanding December 9, 2012
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One hundred years after the setting for this book, I experenced many of same feelings described therein. After another half century, reading this book was real to me. A great understanding of relationships of Americans 150 years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chase the Wild Pigeons 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story - Well Written August 9, 2012
By S. Ford
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
they compared it to Gone With the Wind - not even close
Published 15 days ago by Carol Reeth
5.0 out of 5 stars very educational
It was interesting to see the Civil War portrayed through the eyes of two very different young boys. Exceptional writing.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
No depth.
Published 25 days ago by BARBARA SANDERSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
frustrating at times, wanted to smack that kid!
Published 29 days ago by deedunbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment as the story goes from adventure to another
Very will written. Never a dull moment as the story goes from adventure to another. The author captures the atmosphere of the civil war and the hardships the civilians endured.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Halter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good! The story kept me in suspense throughout. I recommend it highly. Herb
Published 1 month ago by herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars but it is a pretty good read
The title doesn't have a whole lot to do with the content,but it is a pretty good read.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen M. Valant
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern Pilgrim's Progress
You really have to read the whole book and then think about it a while in order to realize that it is a version of "A Pilgrim's Progress. Read more
Published 2 months ago by margaret cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Chase the Wild Pigeons, A novel of the Civil War
I cannot even imagine how cruel that war was and it was fought in my hometown. John has made the characters in this novel so real as to how they coped in an occupied town during a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeannie Turley
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat slanted towards the abolitionist movement, I thought.
Excellent tale of the times in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia during the war between the states. I felt like I was living back then.
Published 3 months ago by William E. Guy
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More About the Author

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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