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  • This Scorched Earth

  • A Novel of the Civil War
  • By: William Gear
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
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  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The American Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. To truly understand the madness and despair of such a horrendous conflict, one needs to pick a moment. Or see that war through one family’s eyes. In rural Arkansas, such were the Hancocks. Devastated by a cruel war, they faced down their personal hells and, in spite of it all, survived. Their survival is a testament to the power of love...and the American spirit. This is their story. And ours. 

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  • By Jo on 06-22-18

A remarkable tale of war, family, and the struggle of living.

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Reviewed: 05-25-18

Mr. Gear has written a masterpiece of the horrors of the U.S. Civil War. It’s destruction of families and the struggle to survive and live in the aftermath of the war. I loved the Hancock family, both the loving and the hating they endured. The reader was remarkable causing me to dwell in this story. This is a story for all to enjoy. I will miss the characters in this book with their battles for life after the war. Thank you, W. Michael Gear for sharing this story with us.

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