Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Review: The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

Book Review
Title: The Sentinels of Andersonville
Author: Tracy Groot

The Sentinels of Andersonville is a Civil War story. Emery Jones, a Southern soldier, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Lew, a captured Union soldier he is escorting to Andersonville, a POW camp. Upon reaching Andersonville with Lew, Emery is shocked to discover how inhumane the prison's conditions are and begins formulating a risky plan to get Lew out of there. Dance Pickett, a sentry at Andersonville, is also aware of the horrible conditions in the camp. Violet, a local southern girl, learns of what is going on in the camp and is determined to do something about it. Together, will Emery, Dance and Violet be able to raise awareness to the townspeople of what is going on or will they be seen as traitors to the South? And will Lew make it out of Andersonville alive?

I was really disappointed in this book. The description sounded great- strong plot, good characters- but the story just fell flat. Parts of it were really choppy and hard to follow and the characters just weren't believable enough. I felt like the story just wasn't written with enough depth to it to make a good-quality read. There were some parts of the book tha were good- the Golden Rule was an underlying theme, and this book will make you ask yourself the question "Who is MY neighbor?"- but overall, I don't recommend this book because I think that you'll be disappointed in it.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a free copy of The Sentinels of Andersonville in exchange for an honest review.

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Read the first chapter of the book here:

Cover: The Sentinels of Andersonville

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