Civil wars not only leave behind a ton of rubble but also permanent marks in the lives of those who take part in it and experience it firsthand. Farewell The Innocent is an amazing book written by a visionary writer,Steve Prince, that seeks to describe the harsh realities that soldiers go through in the battlefield on a daily basis by using a first-person account of a courageous soldier.
Wil Harleck, a courageous soldier, and son to a Shenandoah Valley preacher, is the main character in this book. He decides to join the army just like his older brother and take part in the War between States that took place immediately after Virginia withdrew its membership from the Union. Full of energy, courage, faith, and optimism, he puts on the uniform and joins the rest of the soldiers in the battlefield. Unknown to him is that he has a lot to learn about war, love, and life. The experiences that Wil and other soldiers go through paints a clear image of their personal attributes as well as how the war changed their perspective about life.
The genius author of this book worked smart to create a story that clearly describes each experience that the young and inexperienced soldier goes through. As you continue reading the book, you will get a vivid idea of the smells, sights, and sounds of Civil War. You will feel pity for him over his struggles and experiences.
Farewell the Innocent is an interesting book that will open your eyes to the harsh experiences that soldiers and their families go through during Civil Wars. The scenes are described in a simple and easy to understand language that will grasp your attention from the first paragraph to the last.
"Can't wait for your next book!" Big Di, Amazon.com
In this story, set in Civil War Era Virginia, the first person storytelling of young Wil Harleck makes us think that we are right there with him ! The descriptive and historically accurate battlefield settings enable us to be transported into the thoughts and feelings that he and his fellow soldiers are experiencing. It becomes a more personal story because of the strong and loyal relationships of these soldiers, who were boyhood friends of Wil. This makes the situations that they find themselves in a lot more poignant, yet humorous at times. You get a real sense of the horrors of this war, from the Shenandoah battlefields to the woefully inadequate hospitals used to treat the soldiers' devastating injuries.The characters are so well developed that you can not only feel their fear and loneliness on the battlefield, but you can also get a real sense of their passion and pride in their Southern traditions and way of life. This isn't just a book about war, it is also about the complex relationships between Wil and his family; and the developing relationship between he and his fiancé. The author uses letters between Wil and these characters to not only show us about Wil's feelings, but about the devastating effects that this war has on the families and villages left behind. Steve's historically accurate writing, and the use of authentic mannerisms and speech of the time, enable us to be placed right there with the characters, in a way that keeps you wanting more. Once you start reading this book, I can assure you that you won't want to put it down . Simply put, I didn't want to this story to end.....and when I finished it....I was left wanting to know more about how life turned out for Wil Harleck and his family ! Can't wait for your next book, Steve.
"A wonderful read" Aeronaut1100, Amazon.com
A wonderful read! A first-person account of a young man's coming of age in the harsh realities of the Civil War, interspersed with letters to and from home and informative historical synopses that set the stage of each chapter. I'm not an avid fiction reader, nor do I consider myself a Civil War buff, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story! Steve's passion for the subject and his utilization of the periodic vernacular helped me to hear the southern drawl in Will's voice as he recounted the hardships of wartime duty and joys of personal and spiritual triumphs. I highly recommend! Bravo Steve!
"I haven't read a book this good in a long time" Other_Daughter, Barnesandnoble.com
I haven't read a book this good in a long time. The author really goes out of his way to immerse the reader in the world of the Civil War and the hardships that all those involved endured. The characters are colorful and compelling, the story never stops, and the historical backdrop adds so much depth and richness to the narrative. Thematically, it explores faith and the human side of war in an incredibly real and honest way. History buff or not, I would definitely recommend!
"Very good book. Honest and heartfelt" J. Parrott, Amazon.com
Being a fan of civil war history I thought it would be nice to read a story about the time period and I wasn't disappointed at all. I had family who fought in the civil war, on both sides, and I often wondered what it would have been like for them. The research put into this book was well worth the read.
"Great first novel! Don't miss reading!" CLH, Amazon.com
What a great first novel! Steve Prince is a really good storyteller. The story is historically accurate. The characters are fictional but feel like your own family members. A war story that impacts your emotions. History fans will enjoy this read. I am not a Civil War fan but Civil War enthusiasts will feel like they are on the marches and camps. It is a truthful view from a young infantryman .... war hardship ... hope in the face of adversity ... friendship ... Family. Excellent read!
"Highly recommended" J. Proper, Amazon.com
This story of the Civil War is very well researched and very historically accurate, but the reader is quickly drawn into the fictional lives of the characters involved. It quickly becomes a book you don't want to put down, and I was disappointed when I found myself getting close to the end. For a first novel by this author, it is very well done and a very worthwhile and entertaining read. I look forward to his next book, and hope it doesn't take as long as the 10 years invested in the writing of this work!
"Great book" J. Zimba, Amazon.com
I'm not much of a civil war fan but Steve's book was very enjoyable read. This was an awesome book. Steve did a great job of crafting this story around the actual events of the civil war. We learn real quick about how bad things were for the soldiers of the south, like running out of supplies and simple things like shoes. Steve did a great job of bringing the characters to life and how the characters grew throughout the book. even if your not a civil war buff you will still enjoy this book! Well done, Steve!
"Loved this book" Deb25, Amazon.com
I loved this book. The author puts you right there. You can close your eyes and envision the sights, smells, and sounds of the Civil War. He puts you inside that Army Hospital and all the pain and horrors that go along with that. You feel those battles on the front lines that these soldiers faced. This is all through the eyes of young soldier Wil Harleck. You agonize with him over his struggles with himself and sometimes his own faith. You are constantly pulling for him and his beloved family he left back home. A true account of the human side of war. I look forward to more books from this author.
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