The Race

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Follow the lives of the Fitzgerald family on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal as Tony and Thomas Fitzgerald race their canal barge against a train. If you enjoyed "Canawlers" and "Between Rail and River" by James Rada, you'll want to follow this adventure set a few years after the Civil War during the canal's heyday. Originally published as a limited-edition chapbook for CanalFest 2003. More

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About James Rada, Jr

James Rada, Jr. is the author of seven novels, a non-fiction book and a non-fiction collection. These include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River and The Rain Man. His other novels are Logan’s Fire, Beast and My Little Angel. His non-fiction books are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland.

He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer. Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.

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About the Series: Canawlers
Follow the Fitzgerald family as they struggle to make a living on the C&O Canal during the Civil War. They must not only deal with the typical problems on the canal (weather and the railroad), but now they are facing problems caused by both the Union and Confederate governments. Hugh and Alice Fitzgerald own and run their canal boat with the help of their three children David, Elizabeth and Thomas. They are helped in their efforts by a young orphan named Thomas and a Confederate deserter named David Windover. The war will not only test their loyalties to each other but their family bonds.

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Review by: David Galster on July 23, 2012 :
This novelette portrays a very amusing and charming situation, when young Tony Fitzgerald makes a bet using someone else's boat, with slim chances of winning. Set as mini-sequel to "Canawler," it takes place ten years after the Civil War and describes how the character's lives changed in that period. The main focus of the story is on the youthful folly of Tony Fitzgerald, and the eternal rivalry between the "Canawlers" and "Railroaders" along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Tony races the family canal boat against a freight train, and it has quite a surprise ending. This book is very readable, amusing, suspenseful, and often funny. You will especially enjoy it after reading the novel, "Canawlers."
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
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