This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
A young man named Bent comes from the farm fields of Minnesota and he survives the bloody battle of Gettysburg. Union Private Bent Nyhavn is the moral center of this epic tale. Kregg P.J. Jorgenson in Clubs Are Trumps: The Road From Plum Run writes 288 pages of action, adventure, bawdy fun, and heartbreaking loss. The motto of the Union Army's Second Corps is "clubs are trumps," which urges victory or at least survival. The men want the advantage on the battlefield as well as at the card table. Civil War armaments, from the fiery hit of a musket ball to the stab of a bayonet, cause pain and destruction. The small, brown bottle of laudanum may numb the physical pain but it won't heal the mental scars. After many more army duties, Nyhavn rides West to scout for railroad surveying.
Nyhavn and all the men of the Second Corps have a story to tell through their life, death, or injury. They fight with a heroic advance after the Third Corps runs back to the creek called Plum Run. Clubs Are Trumps is full of military and tactical description. The sight, sound, and smell of battle is graphic and sickening at times. The young private Nyhavn reacts to this sickening chaos in a brave way. He is kind when he can be and he is brutal when he must be. Plum Run is also named Bloody Run as heavy rain mixed with soldiers' blood. The winding plot, intricate settings, and multiple main characters make this book a bold achievement.