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Silver Dagger, Feb 2003, 23.95
ISBN 1570722153

The Civil War has been over for six months but General Ulysses S. Grant remains the hero who won the war and preserved the nation. Everyone agrees that Andrew Johnson is a one-term president and that General Grant will in all probability be the next president. Grant tours the county, campaigning to win the presidency if he chooses to run. On his way to Cincinnati, he stops at the small Ohio town of Bethel where five of his childhood friends reside.
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All five of the men spent time in Andersonville, a horrible prison where federal inmates lived in horrific conditions. Grant attends one friend's funeral and before long two other pals are dead. His son finds gold coins in the home of the widow and it isn't long before one of the two remaining friends tell him they returned with gold that was part of the confederate treasury. The two survivors don't know where the booty is hidden and somebody else knows about the loot and will kill to keep the others from having it.

In A GOOD SOLDIER, readers observe Ulysses S. Grant, as a person who has known the horrors of war and still grieves for the men that were killed and the nation that remains divided in principle. The audience also sees an individual who adores his wife and youngsters. The audience also sees glimpses of the general who once committed to a cause sees it through to the bitter end. Though a strong historical mystery, the key character enables the author to make his mark as a gifted storyteller who makes history come alive.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   best friend Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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