Blake's Story, Revenge and Forgiveness

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

J. Arthur Moore is an educator with over 41 years experience in public, private, and independent settings. He is also an amateur photographer and has illustrated his works with his own photographs. A graduate of Jenkintown High School, just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended West Chester State College, currently West Chester University. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, where he met his wife to be, a widow with four children. Once discharged from the service, he moved to Coatesville, Pennsylvania, began his teaching career, married and brought his new family to live in a 300-year-old farm house in which the children grew up and married, went their own ways, raised their families to become grandparents themselves. 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, and time to guide his writings into a new life through publication. It also allows for the opportunity to participate in a local model railroad club as well as time for traveling to Civil War events and presenting at various organizations and events about the boys who were part of that war. He also shares the process of writing and readings from his work, and does book signings at a variety of locations.

Bryson Blake Brodzinski just finished his fifth grade year at Orchard Park Elementary School in Fort Mills, South Carolina. He is also an avid and talented soccer player with heavy schedules taking him to many games and tournaments. This year he received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award at his fifth grade awards assembly. On April 3, 2013, 10-year-old Bryson asked his great grandfather if he would write a story that he would be in and be able to help create. Pictures were taken and main character names were identified, and Bryson wrote a prologue and opening lines. His school and soccer schedules and distance between Fort Mills, South Carolina and Narvon, Pennsylvania, interfered with any further progress. In February of 2014, Moore went to his great-grandson’s for his 11th birthday, and they worked to get the story started. Bryson created the plot outline in a word document and wrote the opening letter for the story. A photo session took place at Historic Brattonsville Plantation in South Carolina. It was agreed that Moore would use Bryson’s plot and existing writing to research and create the story, sending pieces by email as they were written, for Bryson to review. Photographs of Bryson would represent the main character, Blake Bradford. Thus began Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness.

    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.