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Fire In The Water Hardcover – November 15, 2015
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About the Author
James Alexander Thom's personal interest in the disaster was sparked by his years as a lecturer on the Delta Queen steamboat, and by his great grandfather who was a survivor of Andersonville Prison. He is the author of Follow the River, Long Knife, From Sea to Shining Sea, Panther in the Sky (for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel), Sign-Talker, The Children of First Man, The Red Heart and Saint Patrick s Battalion. Thom is an inductee of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. His thoroughly-researched historical novels have sold more than two million copies. He was the inaugural winner of the Indiana Author Award in 2009. Two of his novels were made into television movies, by Hallmark and by Ted Turner. A Marine veteran, Thom lives in rural Owen County with his wife, Dark Rain, with whom he co-authored Warrior Woman. He is now at work on another American Indian novel, and a memoir.
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"Fire in the Water" is one of the best novels I've ever read. It was a moving and emotional story, with a unique cast of characters. Mr. Thom did a brilliant job in researching and writing this story. It's one of his best.
Thom expertly weaves together the destinies of Paddy Quinn, a one-armed war correspondent with a penchant for whiskey, and Robbie Macombie, a former Union soldier and prisoner at the infamous Anderson prison camp. Through the eyes of both we experience soldiers and civilians trying to make sense of life after war in the wake of President Lincoln’s assassination.
In the aftermath of the disaster, Paddy’s and Robbie’s friendship, but really their commitment to attend Lincoln’s funeral, become the lifeblood for their survival. “Fire in the Water” gives us a fascinating glimpse into a harrowing time and leaves us in awe of what men must have endured.