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On the Eve of Conflict Paperback – March 31, 2016
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The story accelerates from a description of the rural setting in the South where Dee and his mother and father happily eke out a living on a small farm, helped by their brave, much-smarter-than-the-average-big-dog Ponder and cooperation with friendly neighbors. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Dee's Dad joins a contingent from his Arkansas small town to join the Rebels to protect their homeland from the Yankees. Tragedy strikes the Kinkaids, and Dee sets off to find his dad.
Mr. Moore writes clearly, cleanly, and correctly, describing the conditions of the time and bringing his characters to life, characters who, with the exception of a band of vicious, lawless raiders, are admirable and likable.
I purchased the Kindle edition, and experienced much of the book through its text-to-speech feature, much like having the author read the book to me; in an introduction, Mr. Moore noted that he himself would narrate such stories to the school boys he took camping with him. Volume one brings Dee through to a major change in his life, giving the reader some sense of completion but leaving open questions about what happens to him, to be answered in the additional volumes published already.
Parents and teachers who want students exposed to well-written, highly informed historical fiction can safely start them on this series, which I would expect continues on the worthwhile path started with volume one.