Blake's Story, Revenge and Forgiveness, 2nd editrion

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
186 Pages
Reviewed on 06/12/2015
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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. In addition to Blake's Story, Revenge and Forgiveness, 2nd edition, Moore has written Journey into Darkness a story in four parts, has released the four-book series version of Journey into Darkness and written an earlier novel titled Summer of Two Worlds set in Montana Territory in the summer of 1882.
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 Mill, 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. 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 and wrote the opening letter for the story. A photo session took place at Historic Brattonsville Plantation in South Carolina. Moore would use Bryson's plot and existing writing to research and create the story. Photographs of Bryson would represent the main character, Blake Bradford. Thus began Blake's Story, Revenge and Forgiveness.
It is now August-September 2015 and Bryson, now twelve has started a new school year in the seventh grade at Banks Trail Middle School, Fort Mill, South Carolina. This past summer he was up to visit his great grandfather and had the opportunity to meet most of the other boys who are in the photography of Blake's Story. He still plays soccer and continues to have a heavy commitment.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Blake's Story: Revenge and Forgiveness, Second Edition is a historical fiction novel written by J. Arthur Moore with plotline created by Bryson B. Brodzinski. In April 9, 1862, Mrs. Micah Bradford, mistress of Bradford Plantation and Blake’s mother received a letter informing her that her husband had died in the battle in Shiloh. The US Civil War rages and Blake Bradford, eleven years old, is now consumed with the desire to avenge his father. He runs away from home and becomes a Confederate soldier. Blake is eventually wounded in Perryville, but a young Federal soldier helps him and he is taken into the enemy’s camp to get treatment. The two opposing soldiers eventually become friends and Blake’s idea of war will never be the same again.

Kudos to J. Arthur Moore and Bryson B. Brodzinski for coming up with the second edition of the historical fiction novel, Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness. Blake Bradford is but a child when he comes face to face with the loss of his father who fought in the US Civil War. He joins the war as an eleven-year-old boy with revenge in his heart, and this makes him a remarkable yet naïve character. It is not surprising if readers will be moved by the need to protect and guide this child as he embarks on a mission to avenge his father. The plot, however, goes in a direction that is most unexpected and herein lies the real lesson of Blake’s Story. The novel also offers a refreshing perspective about war as seen through the eyes of young soldiers during this time. Well researched and informative, this book is an effective way for young readers to learn about an event in the past that has greatly influenced the course of US history and also to learn to look at war through the eyes of Blake Bradford.