This historical fiction novel takes place in modern times where archeologists have found the bones of a civil war hero near Antietam. The process of discovering the identity of the body leaves the finders with ethical questions about the nature and demands of history. The book is fascinating.
First, just so you know we like this story line, we are fans of mysteries, and are Civil War buffs, with Antietam being among our best loved sites to visit and contemplate.
This book does not rate even one star. There is not one single likable character in it. Not one. They are actually distasteful people. I thought it was just me, so without saying a word, I passed the book, unfinished, to my husband.
He got a fair way into it, said, No more! There isn't a single person in this book I can stand. A shame, too, because the story could be so good.
So, there you go...if the author weren't a big 'name' I don't think this would ever have gotten published.
On a hillside overlooking Burnside Bridge--the focus of the Battle of Antietam--souvenir hunters find the unmarked grave of an unknown Union officer.
Don Spaniel, an archeologist in the National Park Service, is called in to examine the remains. He soon discovers that the officer was murdered and that his identification disk could not possibly belong to him, since its rightful owner is buried elsewhere. So who was this officer? Where did he come from? And why was he killed?
I recieved this book as a gift and it was not my style.