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Specter of The Covington Fencibles by [Deen, William L.]
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Length: 53 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Exceptional
I loved this story. It held my interest from beginning to end, and it was spooky. I liked getting the creeps. Good imagery, too. Well done, thank you for sharing. Distracted23 May 18, 2011.
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Exceptional
You do an especially good job capturing the growing uneasiness and outright terror that L.B. feels as his life goes on. The story does an excellent job building tension. Gonzo032 5/18/11.
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Excellent
I wish I had a six to give you for this extremely well written story. I love family history, handed down through the generations. You have done a wonderful job of turning it into a fascinating story. Excellent job! dj  5/18/11 --Fanstory.com

Excellent
I like your attention to detail, as you carefully construct the story. The imagery, the character-depictions, the thoughts, dialogue and emotions are all well-crafted, and woven nicely into the fabric of the story. Andy --Fanstory.com

From the Author

This story is a combination of my families documented and oral history. The people, military history, event, and places are real. Of course, the ghost portion of the story is only oral history.

Product Details

  • File Size: 189 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Publisher: White Eagle Publishing (April 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X29SAY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a lover of history, I relish stories like this one. It was well-written and told the story as if it had come right out of the family bible. It would be a lovely tale to read in front of the fireplace on a cold wintry evening with the children all sitting around. Scary enough to have the little ones shivering, real enough to have the grown-ups glad L.B. isn't still around. The photos are a lovely touch and punctuate the fact that this is a true story.

Well done!
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Well, the old adage says that you can choose your friends but you can't choose your relations and I guess some families would like to bury the memories of any undesirables within their ranks. But not so with William Deen, for deep within the Deen family tree roots there lies a very unlikable man and an abhorrent act, and now he's been revealed!

Living in Australia, I'm not too knowledgeable about the American Civil War, but I found that the opening scenes enabled me to set the scene quite well and the overall feeling was like that creepy Clint Eastwood Civil War Movie 'The Beguiled'.

We follow the life of Deen's ancestor, through the civil war and into civilian life. Times were tough, and he was tough on his family, and the victim of the crime that he committed when fighting with the Covington Fencibles is waiting....waiting.... and you can only think that the real life L B McGrew must have been so terribly weighed down by his act for it to haunt him on his death-bed.

With one foot firmly planted within historical fact and the other tottering into the spectral realm I found that this was a nice tight creepy read before going to sleep. I was very pleasantly surprised.
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The Specter of the Covington Fencibles is a spooky little historical novella set during the Civil War. Fictionalizing a true story from his own family history, William Deen weaves the tale of L.B. McGrew, a rather unlikable figure who lives with a chip on his shoulder and murders a young urchin for stealing his food.

Following McGrew through the war and into his life afterwards, Deen does an effective job of keeping the reader in suspense, awaiting the murdered boy's ghostly return. He ends his tale with an interesting "Fact and Fiction" afterword that provides the reader with a glimpse into the "real" story behind the story.

There were some minor formatting quibbles, but nothing too serious, and certainly nothing that distracted me from the enjoyment of the book. There may have been one or two grammatical issues, but this is typical in independently published books and nothing worth worrying about.

Overall, the story is a good one, and well worth the 99 cents.
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This short story takes place during the U.S. Civil War in the mid-1800s. The main character, L.B. McGrew, is not a good man -- he enjoys killing -- just too much. He's part of the Confederate Army tagged with a group called "The Covington Fencibles," a motley group of men. This story contains many facts as revealed by the author's ancestral history. Entwined with the facts is L.B.'s life after he kills a young boy who follow the military unit seeking remnants of food. Such wrongs never leave the mind of an evil man. This is a fantastic tale, well written, and worthy to be read. It's the story of innocence getting revenge. A good read.
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The Civil War provides an ominous background in this well written novella, and author William Deen does a great job of providing fascinating, contextual facts of the time while still maintaining tension through the sporadic appearance of main character Leonard B. McGrew's chilling ghost. It's never easy to walk that line between fact and fiction, but this story achieves just that with excellent results. Includes biographical facts and photos at the end of the book that make the tale itself that much more compelling. If you enjoy ghost stories and/or historical, creative nonfiction, this is a quick read that I highly recommend.
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