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Kyzer's Destiny: A Novel of Historical Fiction Paperback – Sep 18 2009


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Sept. 18 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440172862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440172861
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,523,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A good storyteller will help his readers escape the reality of present day by taking a simple plot, adding a few memorable characters, and weaving their actions altogether onto a grand illustrative stage. Ever since I could remember anything about America's early history, I have always been intrigued about life during the time period of 1840 in the deep south before the war between the states. The characters in the novel, many based upon the physical resemblances of actual persons, lived and breathed together within me for several years. I felt I could talk with them, and at times, longed to share in their joys and sorrows. I continued to write because I wanted to find out what happened to my characters. As a man who loves history, I present my work to the best of my ability after many travels and much research. Personal visits to Andersonville, several battlefields, numerous antebellum homes, and former plantation sites were valuable to me, being both inspring and rewarding. Based upon moral Christian beliefs and principles, while living in this great and wonderful land of opportunity, it is my utmost desire to share in a Hemingwayesque minimalist style the story of Kyzer. Jon Howard Hall lives in St. Clair County, Alabama. KYZER'S DESTINY is his first novel.

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A Must-Read for Civil War Enthusiasts! Jan. 13 2015
By T. Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of the history of the American Civil War. In fact, I live near one of the most famous battlefields of that conflict. For that reason, I knew that I was going to enjoy Kyzer’s Destiny. When I began reading the book, it became obvious that it was incredibly well-researched--especially for a novel. It makes certain battles and places of the American Civil War come alive. It also makes some social challenges of that era come alive, such as: racial tension; slavery; and, man’s inhumanity to man.

One of the main tragedies of the Civil War was the fact that families and individuals were torn apart by conflicting value systems and allegiances. Brother fought against brother and former military school classmates fought on opposing sides of the war. This theme is explored in Kyzer’s Destiny as well. In the book, families are torn apart as family members make difficult decisions about which side to support: the North or the South.

The part that I found most fascinating was the scenes that took place in Andersonville, Georgia. The author absolutely portrayed the horror of the South’s most infamous prison camp well. I could smell the stench. I felt horrified by the violence, disease, torture, and starvation.

There are some things that I might change: I felt that some of the descriptions could have been shorter; and, I would have liked to see some less dysfunctional relationships.

All in all, Jon Howard Hall is a gifted writer who knows how to blend historically documented fact with fictional characters and places. This isn’t easy! I recommend the book to all lovers of history and historical fiction. However, please beware: This book is accurate in its portrayal of the brutality and racial discrimination of its time.
Fun and riveting Jan. 29 2015
By ShemmyShem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This great read in small town Georgia is fun and riveting, since I've spent a lot of time myself traveling in Georgia and have seen the old plantation towns. The writing is good, character dialogue is real and heartfelt. Families were torn apart from the Civil War. There scenes are graphic, tense, and will bring you back in time. Kyzer's Destiny reminds us that over time, people are people, and human nature is at the core of our fight for survival and freedom.
KYZER'S DESTINY BY JON HOWARD HALL Oct. 1 2012
By SAM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A GOOD READ TO CURL UP WITH ON A COLD WINTER'S DAY. THE CHARACTERS WILL DRAW YOU IN ONE BY ONE, TOUCH YOUR HEART AND LIVE ON IN YOUR MIND LONG AFTER THEY ARE GONE. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE BOOK AND AM EAGERLY LOOKING FORWARD TO JON HOWARD HALL'S NEST NOVEL WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE A FOLLOW UP OF "KYZER'S DESTINY". JON HOWARD HALL IS AN EXCELLENT AUTHOR WITH A TRUE SOUTHERN HEART.
Kyzer's Destiny Oct. 6 2012
By Rhonda A. Sublett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this genre and Jon H Hall is a natural for this era. He has obviously made every effort to be historically correct. His writing is very readable and he makes you want to know the characters even better - hope there's a sequel!
A Great Read!!!! Oct. 2 2012
By Bess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kyzer's Destiny was a great read. Author, Jon Howard Hall, made me feel as though I knew Kyzer personally. It was hard for me to put the book down because I could not wait to find out the things that life held for Kyzer - the good and the tramas of this period of time. I hopefully await a sequel of Kyzer's life to be written.

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