In Freedom's Shadow

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
347 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2024
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Author Biography

Robert Hilliard has written on sports, history, and the outdoors for over three decades. Rob started as a reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and has since written articles for outlets such as Upland Almanac, Pennsylvania Wildlife, and Pittsburgh History Magazine.

In 2000, Rob was asked to contribute to his first book project, a history anthology entitled 'Rivers of Destiny.' In 2012 his first individual book, 'A Season on the Allegheny,' was published. It quickly hit the Top 10 in two Amazon categories and has garnered national attention since its publication.

Rob has now finished his first novel, entitled 'In Freedom's Shadow.' The historical novel is based on the true story of slave John Scobell, who escaped the Confederacy during the Civil War, only to return to the South as a Union spy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

In Freedom's Shadow is a work of fiction in the historical drama, sociocultural issues, and slice-of-life subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Robert Hilliard, the plot follows the gripping tale of John Scobell, a courageous African American who risks everything to escape slavery during the Civil War, only to find himself thrust back into the heart of Confederate territory as an undercover Union spy. As he navigates the perilous landscape of espionage, Scobell faces the constant threat of capture by ruthless Confederate spy hunters, all while grappling with the moral complexities of his dual identity.

Author Robert Hilliard has crafted an intricate and compelling tale that weaves together historical accuracy and narrative tension, bringing to life the heroic true story of a man caught between two worlds, striving to break free from the shadows of oppression and secure his rightful emancipation. I was really impressed with Hilliard’s flair for character and attitude, conveying complex emotions in easy-to-access moments of dialogue and action where readers can explore between the lines and get to know Scobell and those he clashes with on his journey. There’s a natural warmth to the narrative flow that offers comfort even in the most difficult moments, with a kind of quiet confidence that lets us know we’re in safe authorial hands no matter where the tale takes us. The novel delves deep into themes of courage, sacrifice, and the enduring quest for freedom, offering readers a poignant exploration of one individual's journey amidst the tumult of war and injustice. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend In Freedom's Shadow to fans of poignant historical fiction packed with realistic and emotive detail.