The idyllic boyhood shared by Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn has been just a memory. Time has passed and now, as adults, they are thrust into the worst sectional violence America has ever witnessed, a precursor of the Civil War, between abolitionist, activists, and pro-slavery proponents. A new time of mistrust, murder, and mayhem is the new norm.
In this atmosphere of division and chaos, one bad decision changes their lives forever. They must depend on each other now more than any other time in their lives, because everything they know and love has been swept away. As Confederate soldiers in this most trying time, loyalty to each other is all they have.
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Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Finn a few years later
Overall, this is an enjoyable book. I don't know that a lot is added to the story by using the fictional characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I would think that any random fictional duo would have allowed us an interesting peak at this time in U.S. history. But, if nothing else it helps get out attention to notice the book in the first place.
The personalities and idiosyncrasies of the main characters shine through in the story. The author does a good job with character development. Also, everything is described clearly and in ways that seem possible or plausible- something that many novelist don't do as nicely.
Mr Vickers delivered an expert performance. Changing pitch, tone and dialect with ease as the conversations jumped from one person to another, was done with expert aplomb.
The chief protagonists (on the Union side, as you might infer) are involved in some very memorable scenes. The author paints wonderfully realistic scenarios in these instances of high drama.
A good book accounting life in and around the Civil War. My biggest complaint is the end of the novel didn't let us step off at the end of some sort of resolution. Of course, we realize going in that this is Volume 1. I just prefer that my books and movies don't feel like they are cut-off in mid stride. However, I don't consider this a reason to miss this book.
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