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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Load and Fire: A Soldier's Story of the Civil War is a work of fiction in the historical, military, interpersonal drama, and Christian fiction subgenres. It is suitable for both older teen and adult readers owing to its military themes and was penned by author David Ekardt. In this captivating and historically rich novel, we follow the journey of a young man and his friends as they lie about their age and join the Union Army during the Civil War. Ekardt paints a vivid picture of their experiences, from running away from home to enduring rigorous training and surviving the harsh conditions of winter in the mountains of Virginia.
Author David Ekardt expertly weaves real historical events into the narrative, providing readers with an authentic and immersive reading experience. The battles are brought to life with accuracy and detail, filled with vivid cinematic descriptions but also visceral, physical moments that go beyond the mere cinematic to make you feel as though you’re really there. Ekardt's meticulous research is evident throughout the novel, as he incorporates emotive and frank explanations of the soldiers' experiences during the conflict. The book is a testament to the resilience and sacrifice of those who fought in the war and will particularly appeal to Civil War enthusiasts and lovers of historical fiction. Whether readers are well-versed in the details of the war or simply enjoy immersive stories from history, this highly accessible volume gets you straight into the action and detail. Overall, this emotive and realistic account of the realities endured by soldiers makes Load and Fire a compelling and worthwhile addition to the genre that mustn’t be missed.