- Series: Children of the Storm
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Surber Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098971392X
- ISBN-13: 978-0989713924
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
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Storm Coming: A novel of the Civil War in western Virginia (Children of the Storm Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 4, 2017
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"Lewis's heroes all have heart and are sympathetic even in their flaws. The writing covers complicated scenarios with clear, strong wording. The book also has plenty of additional facts included as an afterword for anyone new to the subject, giving the reader all the information they need to know to follow the more technical details. And although the subject matter is at times bleak, the darkness is undercut with a dry but hearty sense of humor that even a humble layman such as myself can appreciate. I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about the history of our area, or anyone who's simply looking for a good yarn." - New Castle Record
"Storm Coming is one of the best historical novels I have read this year. The story was very well handled by Jack W. Lewis; the character development was wonderfully crafted. Alexander's journey was poignant and very believable, mainly because it is based on a true story and because Mr. Lewis brought the character to life with his sharp words and supreme handle on the story. This novel was truly tremendous." Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
"Storm Coming is a first-rate historical novel, well researched and delightfully perceptive. Jack Lewis has crafted an artful account of the early action in 'Western' Virginia--one of the most compelling and overlooked chapters of the Civil War." --W. Hunter Lesser, author of Rebels at the Gate
"A wonderfully detailed book that comes at the twisted, confusing history of western Virginia as a story teller would, following key historic characters, both Union and Confederate, as they negotiate the political and military realities of this civil war within the Civil War." --Matthew A. D. Borders, Civil War historian, in Banner of the Blue and Gray: Newsletter of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable
"...an immersive, well-researched novel. I'm looking forward to the next installment!"--Maria Sholtis, Curator, Pennsylvania Room, Uniontown Public Library
About the Author
Jack W. Lewis has had a forty-year career as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and a consulting marine engineer. He received his engineering degrees at the United States Coast Guard Academy and MIT. Throughout his adult lifetime, he has maintained a strong interest in Civil War history. His many writings have covered both engineering and historical topics. This is his first novel.
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If you enjoy reading American history you will certainly appreciate the story that Mr Lewis has woven here based on actual people and events. On the other hand, if you are not much of a student of American history, but enjoy a good human-interest story - this book will satisfy at least as well.
Mr Lewis has grounded this story firmly in historical fact (using personal correspondence, news accounts, and other contemporaneous sources) and then built upon it the edifice of an enticingly well-told story with themes that will draw you in: coming of age, youthful romance, military tactics and strategy, political intrigue, righting of injustice, race relations, re-birth of a nation, and more. As a way to help understand the people and events, he has included a very helpful appendix with information on military ranks and terminology relevant to the setting in which the story takes place. I found this appendix most helpful to a becoming properly immersed in the story.
The story-telling avoids the preachy tendency to insert present-day idioms and social/religious thinking into another time; thus it helps rather than hinders an understanding of the tone of the events portrayed.
My only complaint about the book is it would benefit from inclusion of a few more maps than it has, to help with understanding the progress of events.
Overall, a great contribution to the body of literature on this time period and well worth reading; highly recommended.