- ASIN: B07B2FL39H
- Publisher: Monday Creek Publishing (24 Feb. 2018)
- Language: English
- Print length: 221 pages
- Genre: American Historical Fiction
The BookViral Review:
Vivid, evocative and moving. It would be a hard heart that remained untouched by “Chauncey’s Blood: A Hiram Robinett Story of the Civil War” as Curt J. Robinette entwines the history of a nation with that of an extraordinary friendship in a powerful fact-based historical novel.
It’s a story of strength, faith and resilience that spans just eight short years and yet tells of the sorrows and joys; hardships and successes of best friends Hiram and Robert. A story that has been meticulously researched to give us an impassioned, edifying portrait of two remarkable young men.
The civil war has a central place in American literary history but as a subgenre of historical fiction, the American civil war is generally a macho, antiquated one, with accuracy overpowering narrative verve with few novelists seeking to uncover stories that step outside this dominant narrative mode. But Robinette is certainly one of them.
Written with familial warmth, there can be no doubt about the quality of Robinette’s prose. His ancestors are wonderfully observed and so personal it’s like he has opened a window to their souls. Each one is recalled with the utmost care and consideration and the indisputable depth of each must not be overlooked.
If Robinette’s sole aim in writing “Chauncey’s Blood: A Hiram Robinett Story of the Civil War” had been to educate his readers then on that level alone he has certainly excelled with a treasure trove of facts that relate to battles and prominent historical characters of the period. But Robinette goes far beyond that to give us a rich narrative that is alternately inspiring and a horrifying reminder of a bygone war whilst being an enlightening and entertaining tribute to heroes too long forgotten.
Powerful and compelling, “Chauncey’s Blood: A Hiram Robinett Story of the Civil War” makes for a wonderful fact-based historical fiction novel and is a highly recommended five-star read!