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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
No war fascinates the American public like the American Civil War. A lot of books and movies have been written and made to tell the story of this pivotal moment in American history. I have read a lot of those books and watched a lot of those movies. Most of them are good. Some of them are great. But few authors tell the story as well as Curt Locklear does. Reconciled is a masterpiece of storytelling and it tells the story of a lot of different Americans and even some others whose lives were affected by this war. Reconciled is Book three of a series about the Civil War called Asunder. I have not read the first two books yet, but I will. Curt Locklear tells a great story and I want to go back and find the origins of some of the characters I read about in Reconciled. The writing was so good that I did not feel as if I had missed anything by not having read the first two books, but good enough to drive me to go back and read them anyway.
Most of the books I have read about the Civil War dealt with the generals and politicians. Curt Locklear writes about everyone who is involved or affected. This is a story about the foot soldiers and privates on both sides: Blue and Gray. It is the story of lovers caught in the chaos of war. It is the story of freed slaves and charlatans. It is the story of how the towns where the battles were fought were impacted by the constant back and forth of the army’s fortunes. The setting is handled perfectly. The plot is masterfully woven, and the characters are as real as a pen can make them. I loved this new addition to my Civil War collection of reading material, and you will too.