An excellent beginning to a promising career.
For a first book, this is a remarkable work. The characters are well-written and "feel" like real people. They have weight and depth, a feature that many readers and writers on this forum have decried as missing in most of modern literature. They speak in dialect that is easy to read and does not take much decoding (as opposed to some of Twain's). I am a Civil War buff, and I can testify that the historical aspects of the story ring true.
I can do this book no further praise than just quit writing about it.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War
Reviewed on June 8, 2006.