|Trace Edward Zaber: Sins of the Father|
Books (CD-ROM), ISBN 1-929034-98-9
Or to be more in keeping with the magnificence of Mr. Zaber's elegantly presented and carefully researched prose, I should couch my observations in the style of his times:
Gentle readers, this excellently written, masterfully executed tome depicts the sweep and grandeur of an era vanished into the mist of history. Sins of the Father will give you incredible insights into the horrors of the Civil War, the maturation and growth of two strong and worthy people, and the patriarchal dictates of what constitutes truth, honor and right.
Gone With the Wind revisited? Absolutely, positively not.
Sins of the Father explores new territory, and does it vividly and well. Every one of the book's 165,000 words leads the reader deeper and deeper into the lives of the believable characters, allowing the reader to accompany them on their road to discovery, growth, and final resolution. The power and excellence of the style makes this reader want to read it again -- if only to savor the marvelous prose.
The North, symbolized by Faith Bradshaw, and the South, by General Jebediah Ellsworth, meet when the wounds Jeb received at Gettysburg require hospitalization. Faith's home must fill that need because the local hospitals can't accept any more patients. Strong in their respective and opposing beliefs -- instilled by their fathers -- the plot follows the pair as they experience Sherman's march, Lincoln's assassination and their own gradual awakening to new truths.
An incredible debut novel, one that should be express-mailed to every movie producer in the world, Sins of the Father gives new meaning to the word "history." Zaber and his muse -- probably Calliope, the muse of epic poetry -- should be toasted in the vintage of the times -- all times. This book will be thoroughly enjoyed and long remembered and should give Zaber the fans he deserves.
Patricia White is the Sapphire Award-winning author of A Wizard Scorned. Her current book, the contemporary PS, I've Taken a Lover, is available from Lionhearted Books . The Wandering Troll, an electronic magazine, began serializing her novel Prophecy Be Damned in April 2000.
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