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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I am a big fan of the American Civil War. The courage and tenacity of both sides is a testament to the American spirit. As a former military man, I am proud of the innovations and new techniques created by both sides in their determination to win. I have read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies about the strategies used, the politics involved, the performance of generals, the families torn apart, and the racial reverberations. When I say a lot, I really mean a lot. So, I was surprised to find a true story, a fantastic story, that I had never heard of. A story that eloquently highlights all the conflicts of interest and divided loyalties that many citizens, especially military men, faced at this pivotal juncture in American history. I want to salute Henry Nary for the work, time, and dedication that I know it must have taken to bring Allred’s Deed to life, so that myself and others like me, who are fascinated by this war, can read and enjoy this tale.
The thing that I liked most about Allred’s Deed is that it is a true story based on the life of a real American. This made me appreciate the tale so much more. Next, I admired the amount of research that Henry Nary so obviously had to do to tell this story as accurately and in as detailed a manner as he did. This is dedication. This is love. As I said earlier, I have read a lot of books about the Civil War and every word Henry Nary has written here is true to the many volumes I have read before. The plot is the result of the chaos of the times. The characters are taken straight from the pages of history and both their virtues and their flaws are a result of that time. I loved this book because it gave me a story, a glimpse of the war that I had never seen before.