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Christopher Morin
The Rebel's Wrath

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

In a time when the nation is torn asunder, and north is pitted against south in a ferocious struggle, a young Union soldier finds himself in combat for the first time—during the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent. When the smoke clears, Private Sherman Jackson of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment is alive and unharmed. He has clashed with staunch warriors of the Confederacy and survived the deadly battle of Gettysburg. \tHis luck continues to the end of the war. Ready to muster out and make his own way in the world, Sherman receives an unexpected letter from home. The note is a plea from his ailing father, beseeching him to return to Maine and save the family business before all is lost. Bound by familial responsibilities, yet unwilling to return to a life he was determined to leave behind, Sherman reluctantly returns home to face many hard decisions. \tIn time, several trivial but damaging and unlawful acts are committed in the small community of North Scarborough. Gradually the felonious activity escalates causing boundless turmoil and suspicions that indirectly implicate Sherman. As things rapidly spiral out of control, it falls on Sherman to resolve the town’s ills, or face dire consequences. \t \tSurrounded by numerous suspects, fueled by countless motives, and immersed in a troubled past, Sherman must use all his resources to save both the town and himself from utter destruction.
The latest from Morin (after A Tale of Life & War) is a well-researched account of life after the Civil War. Sergeant Sherman Jackson survives the Battle of Gettysburg and in 1865 musters out of the Union army to return to his home town of North Scarborough, Maine, where he learns his mother has died and his father will soon follow. As was true for much of the country, the war has taken a toll on the town, and Sherman’s father has been unable to maintain the family store. Sherman had dreamed of continuing his education, but fate and circumstances lead him to rebuild both the general store and the town itself. However, problems arise when violence is visited upon the town by a mysterious perpetrator, and Rebel symbols begin to appear. The tension in North Scarborough rises as Sherman races to discover the truth behind the occurrences. Minor writing flaws—such as the occasional drift in point of view and an overuse of exclamation points—might bother some readers, but a good use of period language and charming descriptions of late-19th-century American life will please American history buffs. (BookLife)
George Smith

 I enjoy historical novels, so it was particularly pleasing to discover Maine resident Christopher Morin’s books. He’s written two novels and one short story, and I decided to begin with his new novel, The Rebel’s Wrath.

The Civil War has just ended, and Christopher neatly blends the history of that era with a compelling fictional story where tension builds throughout the book, culminating in an astonishing bunch of murder and mayhem in the small town of North Scarborough.

Having visited Gettysburg, I particularly enjoyed the fact that Christopher began his novel there, where his main character, Private Sherman Jackson, served in the famous 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, led by General Joshua Chamberlain. 

Jackson, lucky to have survived that battle, returns home to find that his mother has recently died and his father is now an invalid, unable to keep the family general store going. While he was hoping for much bigger and better things in his life, Jackson is compelled to stay in North Scarborough and revive the store for his ailing father, who then dies, leaving Jackson stuck there.

Eventually all hell – and I do mean hell – breaks loose, driven by a mysterious “ghost rider” who is still, apparently, fighting for the south, right there in North Scarborough.

There’s a lot more to the story but I don’t want to spoil it for you. You can learn more about Christopher Morin, and connect with him, on his Facebook page http://goo/gl/6AdFHz. And now, I’m moving on to his first novel!