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A Thirst for War Paperback – August 26, 2010
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Young college professor John Martin longs to enlist in the Confederate Army. A boyhood injury has left him lame and rejected for service. Eventually, he says goodbye to Lydia, his lovely friend, goes east, finds Southern forces, and is sworn in on the battlefield.
When he returns to his Tennessee home, wounded, he finds Lydia infatuated with a Union Army Lieutenant. The plot soon accelerates to a gallop with forbidden romance, sabotage, murder, heroism, intrigue and love. It's a well-told tale, worthy of a place in the annals of good period novels.
Q. Your descriptions are easy to visualize. Any comment?
A. I feel as if I'm actually there when I'm writing. I walked the Cornfield at Antietam early one morning, and had the strange feeling of seeing men thudding down after they were shot and crying out as they died.
Q. What was your favorite aspect of writing this novel?
A. The revision process. It gave the opportunity to think about revisions that were needed. My editor would weigh in and point out what I'd ignored or dismissed. In the end, this process tied the whole novel together.
An excellent first novel thats shows promise from a new writer who knows how to tell a story.
Gene Hull is the Author of the award winning music memoir "Chasing the Muse"
With the possibility of a second U.S. Civil War looming here in the early years of the 21st Century, "A Thirst for War" gives us not only a look back at the first Civil War, but possibly a look ahead into the near future. Neighbor against neighbor, and friend against friend. Gustavson's first novel brings it all home. Start turning the pages of this good first effort, and you will soon find yourself immersed in a time when slavery and brutal warfare were more than just far-off ideas.