This is the story that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster film, Go Tell the Spartans. It's 1964--early days in South Vietnam--and the U.S. Army Raiders have garrisoned a town that the French abandoned ten years before. The Viet Cong attack; the Americans reinforce. They're not about to repeat the mistakes of the French! "'Sad, bawdy, and compelling," wrote the Detroit Free Press. Prophetic, too, of how the larger war would end. Revised 2015 edition.
As the Paris Commune is destroyed, a Communard searches the embattled city for his missing fiancé in this prize-winning novel: “an astounding epic” (L’Express, FR).
Paris, 1871. The Paris Commune has taken control of the French capitol, but the Communards now face a savage conflict against the French Armed Forces loyal to Versailles in what will come to be known as The Bloody Week. Amid the shrapnel and chaos, while the entire west side of Paris is a field of ruins, a photographer fascinated by the suffering of young women takes “suggestive” photos to sell to a particular clientele.
Then young women begin disappearing, and when a seamstress who volunteers at a first aid station, is counted among the missing, her fiancé—a member of the Commune’s National Guard—scours the city for her. Joined in the search by a Communal security officer, their race against the clock takes them through the shell-shocked streets of Paris, and introduces them to a cast of fascinating characters.
Winner of the French Voices Prize
During the Civil War, Lewis McCormack has to return to his regiment’s training camp, leaving his wife Eliza to tend to their homestead. Rearing children, surviving a declining economy, and paying the family debts leads to intolerable hurdles and even more difficult decisions. Amid the chaos of war, Lewis just wants to stay alive—to make it back to his family.
Meanwhile, Private Davey Morris is detailed as courier and travels through war-torn Pennsylvania to complete his mission, while Private Tandy Strider uses his thirty-day wounded furlough to search for the young prostitute that he has deemed his soulmate.
As the war progresses, Lewis realizes that his soul has hardened—and deep inside, he only feels emptiness. Will Lewis make it through the war? And when he returns, in what state will he find his family? Will they even survive?
In a raw, realistic narrative, The Roads of War exposes the authenticity of battle—the hardships, the struggle, and the yearning for tranquility. John Cameron weaves a true-to-life quilt of human emotion, universal tribulation—and the power of love.
Praise for The Roads of War". . . down-to-earth prose, enthralling characters, and vivid descriptions . . . An up-close and personal immersion into Southern life and history on par with Gone With The Wind." —Mike Krentz, award-winning author of Dead Already and Angels Falling"Dr. Cameron transports the reader back in time. His authentic tenacity for showcasing and highlighting the little details, makes The Roads of War an intelligent read. A highly recommended Civil War exploration!" —David Cascio, Author of FrogFlyer“. . .an engaging novel that blends historical fact and fiction to take us into the lives of North Carolina Confederate recruits and their families. . . . Cameron provides us with important insights into the motivations of these men and women in this remarkable work” —Robert Archer Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Eastern Virginia Medical School
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