Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Last Confederate Battle by John J. Cline - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the publisher)
History records that the last battle of the Civil War was fought on the red clay soil of the Rio Grande River at Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas. That battle took place in mid-May 1865, more than a month following General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. There are factual accounts of skirmishes that took place long after Lee’s surrender. The historical attention to detail is highly accurate giving the reader a front row seat to life before, during and after the Civil War.

The Last Confederate Battle brings to light the perspectives from both sides, revealing the positive and negative natures of men. Conflict within our own country is remarkably described through the writings of John Cline; the main characters of this multifaceted story come to life as real historical experiences are interwoven into each page.

My Thoughts:
"I see now, that the battle for justice and freedom is a never-ending individual battle."

The Last Confederate Battle is an intriguing combination of historical, mystery and the truest kind of romance - that romance that exists between a man and wife deeply in love. If you like an anthentically written historical novel that captures the essence of the time, this is a book you will enjoy. If you like a good mystery with lots of plot twist, you will enjoy this book. If you like a book with well developed characters that grow and mature over a period of time, you will like this book.

In short, this is a story contains a wonderful blend of many elements that will appeal to a broad audience. There is a smattering of profanity in the story, but it isn't gratuitous and fits with the characters from whose mouths the words are ejected. The story also captures the horrors that were committed against mankind on both sides of the battle. Indeed the battle for justice and freedom IS a neverending individual battle. One that the author has fought well in the context of his own life. Cline captures the true meaning of what it means to be an American! May we ever fight for our freedom!

I am happy to reccomend The Last Confederate Battle to readers!

About the Author:

Following a twenty five year career in both the enlisted and officer corps’, John Cline retired from the U.S. Navy as a Limited Duty Officer (Mustang) in July 1993 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was the director of the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services until he retired in 2005.

He has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Workforce Education and Curriculum Development from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Art degree (M.A.) in National Security Studies; Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (140th Session), and was nationally certified by the National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management and the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is an avid Amateur Radio Operator with the call sign W5USN. John and his wife Pat have three children and four grandchildren.

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