Title: The Sentinels of Andersonville
Author: Tracy Groot
One of the best novels I have read was also written by Tracy called, Flames of Resistance. Now readers can add The Sentinels of Andersonville. Here, without a doubt, is a heart-gripping, nonstop action story with suspense that carries readers back in time to a focus on Andersonville Prison. The characters are written with such heart, faith and thought it keeps readers engaged until long after the sun goes down.
Dr. Stiles and family are southern to the core, but once they begin to see the horrors of men not cared for life begins to take a dangerous turn for the Stiles. Then, Violet, the daughter, decides action must be taken. The guards of the prison just try to make it through their duty to get home in order to flee the sights and smell of the prison camp. One man decides he must act upon his conscience when a fellow southerner challenges him with coded bantering that others cannot understand. The desire to care for the men by those in the town of Americus is hard to conjure up when the townsfolk focus more on their losses than seeing the human aspect.
Tracy Groot has penned a wonderful, heart-compelling tale that shows the audience that while change may not happen from those in leadership, every character in the story faces the quandary in deciding to be a conduit of compassionate acts or not. The tension I mainly picked up was the battle within each character to face what was really happening and what needed to happen because the loss of lives at the prison was astounding. Overcoming their own losses of sons, husbands or brothers in order to allow love to come though so as to comfort those men who they could, was a big challenge for the people who lived a little over ten miles from the camp. On a windy day, they could smell the wretched odor or bad water from the prison where thousands of men lived without sanitation.
In the conclusion of the book, readers will be given some leads as to how to learn more about Andersonville Prison and those who left behind journals of their life there. I was also encouraged by the words Tracy leaves that are, I believe, a challenge to action that anyone can do something no matter who is in leadership. When it comes down to it, the government of any nation is a nonliving entity, but we who are saved and called by Christ can touch lives in any number of ways. Please grab a couple of copies, share the story and perhaps even see if there isn’t some way God speaks to you!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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