A family in rural Arkansas is torn apart by the Civil War and each member struggles to put the pieces back together in the aftermath, while separately heading out to the American West. It's a novel of the Civil War, but more so about the great American expansion of the 19th century and the struggle that it consisted of. People were made and people were ruined. Gear's characters move in and out of well-researched actual events and come into contact with factual portrayals of historical figures of the time. The history nerd in me appreciated this, as well as the no nonsense writing style with which Gear has portrayed what was a very violent moment in US history.— From Carl
This Scorched Earth is an amazing tour de force depicting a family's journey from near-devastation in the Civil War to their rebirth in the American West, from New York Times bestselling author William Gear.
The Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation.
In rural Arkansas, the Hancocks were devastated by that war. They not only lost everything, but experienced an unimaginable hell.
How does a traumatized human being put themselves back together? Where does a person begin to heal his or her broken mind...and does one choose damnation or redemption? For the Hancock siblings: Doc, Sarah, Butler, and Billy, the American frontier becomes a metaphor for the wilderness within--raw, and capable of being shaped. Self-salvation, however, always comes with a price.
Their journey is a testament to the power of love...and the American spirit.
This is their story. And ours.
About the Author
WILLIAM GEAR is an international and USA Today bestselling author who holds a master's degree in archaeology. This Scorched Earth is his magnum opus, a riveting family saga that combines his passion for the subject with his expertise in research and archaeology.