(Note: I have lowered the price of both books to $0.99 in hopes of reaching a wider readership. That is also true for the Kindle version at Amazon where Knoxville 1863 includes a map and a linked table of contents. The plain-Jane Smashwords version has neither.)
I've been writing fiction, poetry and journalism since third grade. I'm a retired, award-winning daily newspaper staff writer in Austin, TX. I have a BA in English from the University of Maryland and did postgraduate work in Journalism at Marshall University in West Virginia.
Born in Sumter, South Carolina, I grew up throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. I'm a former Army captain and an infantry combat veteran of the Vietnam war. My book "Leaving the Alamo, Texas Stories After Vietnam" is based on my own experiences and those of a few close friends, augmented by my imagination and used fictitiously.
My "Knoxville 1863" grew out of my lifelong interest in the Civil War. The novel is as much history as fiction---it is drawn from the few histories and the available memoirs, letters and diaries of the survivors of one of the war's least-known battles---the Confederate attack on Union-held Fort Sanders. The book is dedicated to my great grandfather, a private in the Thirteenth Mississippi Infantry Regiment, who survived the battle.
Jim Chambers, reviewer for Red Adept Reviews, concluded: "I've long considered Michael and Jeff Shaara's Civil War trilogy to be one of the benchmarks for Civil War historical fiction. Knoxville 1863 came very close to that mark."
Claude Cooper, a former professor of military science at Appalachian State University, had this to say about the novel at Amazon: "Other writers and historians have touched on this battle, but I'm not aware of any who have addressed it in this depth. For that reason, and because it is well written, I believe that this is an important novel that will be appreciated by civil war buffs and enjoyed by anyone."
Jim Miller, whose "Civil War Notebook" is a popular site with war buffs, concluded: "Mr. Stanley has certainly done his homework; his novel rests on a solid foundation of historical facts. It is well written & a joy to read."
Robert Redd, whose "Confederate Book Review" also is a popular blog about the war, decided: "Stanley has created a work that keeps moving while not getting bogged down in details the way a non-fiction work might. Be sure to read his interesting Afterword where he discusses the characters, true and fictional, and also goes on to discuss some of the sources he has used in his research."
Robert C. Ross, a Top 100 reviewer at Amazon, said: "Time after time in this novel I found myself cheering for one side, then the other, then regretting the horror and waste of the enterprise."
For more on the novel see its new civil war history book blog at http://www.knoxville1863.com
My current writing project is a non-fiction regimental history of the Thirteenth Mississippi Infantry Regiment, which is featured in "Knoxville 1863".
FYI, I'm also available for line editing and reviewing. I can be reached at scribbler at texasscribbler dot com.
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Gettysburg held. Vicksburg has fallen. Now Rebel flags ring Knoxville,Tennessee. Can the ragged and starving veterans of Gettysburg climb the icy walls of Fort Sanders, to wrench the railroad hub away from the occupying Union army? Inside are New York troops who have never won a battle, led by a young lieutenant. In Washington, President Lincoln awaits the answer, one more key to saving the Union.
Leaving the Alamo, Texas Stories After Vietnam
Three decades after the Vietnam war was lost, its aging combat veterans cope with the judgments of their stay-at-home peers and the fighting that still goes on in their heads. Here are sixteen stories of middle-aged Texans who are not in prison, panhandling or sleeping under bridges. They have learned to live with the dreams that stalk them at night and lurk in the background during the day.
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Smashwords book reviews by Dick Stanley
- Smashwords Style Guide
on April 23, 2010
It certainly worked for me. After following the guide, I had only one minor "printed in" error called and I fixed it quick and the file sailed through after that. Smashwords e-books even look better (much better) inside than Amazon Kindle at the moment. Despite submitting a nicely formatted book to them, all I got back was block paragraphs with no indentation at all. Very hard to read.
- Distant Cousin: Reincarnation
on June 01, 2010
I like this series. It's original, and entertaining. This one, in particular, is one of the few American English novels you'll find where large portions are in idiomatic Spanish. The meaning is usually translated or otherwise obvious in context. I also enjoyed the West Texas settings. Past is a talented writer with a gift for plotting and characterization. Recommended.