Good morning, readers! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Edward M. Erdelac's Andersonville. There is a tour wide giveaway on this one courtesy of the folks over at Hydra, you can enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
Barclay Lourdes was trying to run when he accidentally fought his way onto the train going to Andersonville prison. Or at least that's what he said.
In fact, Andersonville is exactly where Barclay wants and needs to be.
It seems something fishy is going on at the prison camp. Something beyond the conflict of war. Something truly evil.
It might not surprise readers to learn that Andersonville was a very real place and that there were horrors aplenty there.
Erdelac weaves a story of supernatural horror around the very real events and people of Andersonville; the raiders, the regulators, Father Whelan, and Big Pete are all taken from actual history. Henry Wirz, the commander of the prison, was also real and was convicted of war crimes as a result of the heinous treatment of the soldiers imprisoned there.
Military horror is kind of hard to come by, but it is a natural combination (I think) and one that amplifies all of the scary bits in a lot of ways. Nothing is more horrific than war and the Civil War is one that's still a sensitive topic for many. Erdelac combines the sentiments of the day with the very real Andersonville history (as mentioned above) and other fabulous aspects of the time as well - the First Lady's fascination with otherworldly issues, Pinkertons, Union/Confederate spies... throwing in a main character whose roots make him the perfect hero for this particular story.
Because Barclay is there under false pretenses, his own story is revealed to the reader in pieces as the tale progresses. Through his eyes we witness the awful atmosphere of the prison as he investigates the true cause behind it all. He's an interesting character both because of his skills and because of he is a free man from New Orleans. Erdelac does go into some of the politics of the war - how could he not - especially where Barclay is concerned. It makes Andersonville a more layered read than one might expect. And honestly, it was a welcome experience.
To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.
For more on Edward M. Erdelac and his work you can visit his blog here. You can also like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.
And now for that giveaway. Again, this is tour wide so you can enter via any of the stops on the tour. Good luck!
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