Blake's Story, Revenge and Forgiveness

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
184 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2014
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Author Biography

J Arthur Moore is an educator with 42 years experience in public private and independent settings. He is also an amateur photographer and has illustrated his works with his own photographs. Retiring after a 42-year career Mr Moore has moved to the farming country in Lancaster County Pennsylvania where he plans to enjoy the generations of family, time with his model railroad, participation in a local model railroad club, and time to guide his writings into a new life through publication. It also allows for traveling to Civil War events and presenting at various organizations and events about the boys who were part of that war.

The concept for this story was first suggested by Bryson Brodzinski, the 10- year old great-grandson of author J. Arthur Moore, on April 3, 2013. Pictures were taken, a character name was selected, and on the following day, Bryson began the prologue for the story. The two planned to email the story back and forth as it was developed. But Bryson’s busy schedule prevented this from happening.
On a trip to North Carolina in February 2014, which was to include a photo shoot at a historic plantation, Bryson laid out the story’s plot line, typing his thoughts in a word document. It would open with a letter, which Bryson wrote, then continue according to the created plot outline. Acknowledging Bryson’s heavy schedule of school and soccer, Moore would take this material along with the previous material, research the history, and draft the story.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

When the Civil War broke, Blake Bradford’s dad volunteered to go to war, but he was killed by a young Union soldier. Blake, grieving, decided to avenge his father by going to war himself and killing that Union soldier. Lying about his age, he joined the army to be their drummer and started his quest to find the youth who took his father away from him. What Blake didn’t expect was the humanity and kindness of the soldiers who were in the war. When Blake finds this soldier, will he still be able to kill him in Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness by J. Arthur Moore.

Blake’s Story is a wonderful tale of compassion and sympathy in a time when kindness is a costly commodity because they are at war. The scene where Blake and his dad’s killer figured out each other’s identity was the best scene in the whole book. The characters, especially Blake and the soldiers he made friends with in the Union army, are nice and likable people. They were portrayed and described well and were convincing. From the beginning, I wondered how Blake was going to find the young soldier who killed his father and what he was going to do once he found out. The conclusion of the story was not what I expected, but it was even better and I liked it very much. Viewing the war from a child’s perspective, a member of the army no less, gave me a new understanding of what really went on during the Civil War.