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This Scorched Earth is an amazing tour de force depicting a family’s journey from devastation to rebirth following the American Civil War, from New York Times best-selling author William Gear. 

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.

©2018 W. Michael Gear (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • 06-22-18

Wow!

I wish I could give 10s!!!! This book is an incredible story. I was enthralled from page one and actually didn't want the book to end. The characters were believable and became so real. The narration was excellent. The storyline was not the usual and because it was unpredictable it is unforgettable! Please do yourself a favor and read this book!! You surely won't forget it.

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

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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Please fill in the gap between Coyote Summer and This Scorched Earth!

Excellent story! Well researched.
Loved the connection with Richard Hamilton and Travis Hartman. Please fill in the gap between Coyote Summer and This Scorched Earth. Take Willow, Travis, Batiste, and little Caroline back to Boston with Richard for a visit to meet his father. Tell us about Laura Templeton in St. Louis. Lay out the saga of the opening of the west through their lives.

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A Must Listen

Alex Hyde-White does a masterful job conveying the emotions William Gear so skillfully renders in this American Civil War epic. The Hancock family of Northwest Arkansas was experiences the gammet of Civil War trauma from major battles, caring for the wounded, prison camp, partisan raiding, lawlessness, and other, more personal atrocities. The story is a study in human ability to cope (successfully and unsuccessfully) with the trauma the characters experience. Human traits from hate to love, greed to sacfrifice, murder to healing are demonstrated through intricately woven descriptions of environments and human interplay. Alex Hyde-White brings William Michael Gear's tale to life in a manner that makes the listener a first-person witness to the action. The work is a Must Listen!

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