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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite
It was two years in service for the Whitlow brothers in the Union army and the war was not over yet. This was since the secession of the Southern states of the US in 1861, which saw the outbreak of the Civil War between the Northern states (the Union) and the Southern states (the Confederates). James Whitlow and his younger brother Solomon had enlisted with the Nineteenth Indiana regiment which was fighting in Virginia. The Union army had been forced to move toward Maryland following speculations that General Lee of the Confederate army was on a mission to invade Pennsylvania. The Union army encountered General Lee’s men at Gettysburg. Both General Lee’s men and the Nineteenth Indiana regiment had a formidable reputation on the field. What will happen to the Whitlow brothers and the Nineteenth Indiana regiment? Will the Union or the Confederates win the war? Find out more in Michael Eisenhut’s Brothers of War.
Michael Eisenhut shows great imagination with his demandingly engaging plot. He has a unique style of writing. He gives very vivid depictions of his scenes and characters. The narrative made me feel like I was right there in every scene, watching every character’s move. This especially came in handy for the action scenes. I felt like I was a Union soldier in the Civil War and it thrilled me. There is so much adventure in the plot. Reading the book felt like watching a movie. I could feel the tension, frustration, loathing, satisfaction, and despair among other emotions of his characters. His quite subtle way of aligning his ideas gave the storyline a feeling of suspense. I loved the level of character development; simply amazing. The conversations were lively and witty. I looked forward to Private Hawk’s banter with Private Henry or any other member of the Whitlows' squad. Michael Eisenhut laces his long and twisted sentences with the military vocabulary of the nineteenth century, giving his story a perfect period setting. Enthusiasts of historical fiction books of the Civil War will love Brothers of War. I loved it.