Kyzer's Destiny: A Novel of Historical Fiction Paperback – Sep 18 2009
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.