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Something Gray by [Hopersberger, Phillip T.]
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"Have read this.   As a lover of history... I love it.   As a screenwriter: I earnestly wish there were more like this. Tremendous script: if they don't make it it's a crime!   I read dozens of screenplays.   I arbitrate credits.   Yours is head and shoulders above."   
         --Michael Frost Beckner, Writer/ Executive Producer (To Appomattox, Spy Game, and CBS' The Agency)   
 
 
"It's a fine script.   The dialogue is extremely colorful, yet believable, and never over the top.   People in the Biz say it is a rule for screenplays that the action descriptions must be strictly colorless and clear enough for an imbecile. Yours are nearly literary, which makes it an enjoyable read.   I really enjoyed the script.   You're a terrific writer, Phil. Wonderful characters and brilliant dialogue." 
         --Brian Mallon, Actor (General Hancock in Gettysburg, Gods and Generals)   
 
 
"Gotta read the book everyone.   Excellent.   Read it while en route to L.A. from location in N.C.   Great script and story.   My father, whose middle name was 'Lee' gave me the same advice when I was forced to deal with bullies on a regular basis.   I was five years old and that advice has served me well over the years, and never proved false.   Congratulations.   I'm probably too old for Grumbles, but I love that role. Civil War followers are going to love this overdue accounting of Mosby, I sure do." 
         --Patrick Gorman, Actor (General Hood in Gettysburg, Gods and Generals)

From the Author

I recently offered this eBook for free on Amazon to commemorate Colonel Mosby's 180th birthday (December 6th).
  
To my surprise and delight, almost 4500 people downloaded SOMETHING GRAY, and it shot up to # 2...quite an achievement for just being a screenplay!

To all the readers who've said such kind things about the story, a mostly true recollection of The Gray Ghost, a heartfelt thank you for taking the time to read and praise it so warmly.
  
A very humbling experience for me.  Hopefully it will soon be playing not only in our collective imagination, but on the silver screen too.
Thank you!

Product Details

  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUDDSMQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By R. K. Smith on August 25, 2014
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Good: well-written, moves the action right along, no dull spots. Each character well-illustrated, easy to picture them. Touching moments between Mosby and several characters, interesting ending.

Bad: Unnecessary historical inaccuracies:
No such thing as "Klansmen" until after the war
The George Turpin-Mosby fight occurred in 1850
Mosby married Pauline in 1857 and they had two children by the time he went to war
William Robertson died in 1898 after a long and distinguished career
Big Yankee Ames (already pointed out by another reviewer)
Captain Jones was a Colonel by the time his unit "unelected" him, and he moved on to colonel of another cavalry unit
JEB Stuart died in May 1864, before the Petersburg campaign/siege began in June
Wat Bowie died in October 1864 - no evidence he had anything to do with the Lincoln kidnapping plot, or that he ever tried to kill Lincoln
Mosby's belly wound was in December 1864, not April 1865 as implied by the timeline here. He did not leave the house, merely hid his uniform coat, and the Union officer saw him, pronounced the wound mortal, and left. Mosby was back in action two months later.
By the time Lee surrendered, Richmond was evacuated and the government on the run, which would have included anyone in a "secret service headquarters."
At the same time Booth prepared to kill Lincoln, Powell was at Seward's house, not at Ford's Theater.
I'll stop now, but there are more inaccuracies.

Ugly: Having very highly educated men speak in uneducated accents (Jones, Stuart, Mosby, Smith). Stereotyping all Southerners as having "hick" accents is no longer acceptable.
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What an amazing story! Although I'm not used to reading screen plays, it only took a few scenes to get comfortable with it, then I didn't want to put it down. The characters were true to their era, and easy to relate to. It only took a few scenes before you loved Mosby and wanted to follow him on his journey. The characters faced many emotions on his journey, which took the reader on a roller coaster ride of their own. As I finished this story, I had tears in my eyes. That is how you know something is well written, when the author can evoke such emotion from his readers. Well done!
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This screenplay wonderfully captures the thrilling story of the "Gray Ghost" of the Civil War--John S. Mosby, a Confederate Colonel raiding northern assets behind enemy lines. Mosby, an anti-slavery, pro-Confederate soldier is a personality that confounds the stereotypes of both the North and the South in the Civil War. Want to think in new ways about old perceptions? Ready Something Gray!
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Forget everything you may have read on Col. Mosby, then read this story with a fresh mind. Learn more of him as a youngster, a soldier and a person with guts and bravery kindled with a true human spirit. This book is a must for anyone interested in The Civil War or just interested in how kind and soft hearted a hard fighting man can really be. This is among the best I've read this year. The ending is also very suprising.
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A very enjoyable historical read on the Civil War from the ambivalence of the Southern perspective. The barbarism of slavery versus the love of home, family and a way of life. Moseby tries to sort it all out with the help of his best friend who is also his slave. Never read anything before about the role he had with Lincoln. If true, amazing! I am not a big fan of the screenplay format, not real clear on some of the notations. But not really a significant barrier to a fine read.
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Clearly this is a marvelous screen play. I would be honored to be able to see it as an actual motion picture. The characters were crystal clear as was the action. I enjoyed every minute of my reading and cried at the end which so unexpected. It was history I have never heard before, so I was educated. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us your readers.
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This is a compelling story that hits all of the notes of a great story, and someday I hope a great movie. Love, friendship, loyalty, conflict, surprising twists and turns, and the literal and idealogical battles of the Civil War. It took me a few pages to adapt to the language and the format, but once I met the main actors in the story, I had to keep reading. Phil lays out Mosby's story in a way that leaves you hanging, and you have to read on to see how these things end.

This is also a pretty quick read. I can see myself going back and rereading Something Gray, to relive the adventure. Being that it's a screen play, I kept a visual in my mind in most scenes of what the film would look like, and there are many great scenes that weave together into a compelling story.

Thank you to Phil for writing this book and bringing The Grey Ghost's story to us. It's a wonderful story that needed to be told, and told well.
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I am not a Civil War history buff, but, this little book captures an ugly part of history that every American should review form time to time so we are reminded, or learn for the first time, how horrible things can get if we are not ever vigilant.

Should be required reading in every high school and college in the country.
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