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Peter McKenna has been a professional writer in the technical and academic field. Now he is an amateur in the historical novel. He is a native of San Francisco, where he still lives. However he has seen a bit of the world, as a naval officer and as a wanderer on the face of the earth.
on July 01, 2012 :
It Can't Happen Here!
Imagine a raid on a bucolic Vermont town by a wayward squad of Confederate Cavalry. Imagine "The Mouse That Roared" and "The Russians and Coming..." Imagine what it might look like if General Sherman invested Mayberry and Andy and Barney's great-grandfathers held him at bay with pitchforks. Absurdity is the beauty of this fictionalized account of a true event wherein a band of seasoned Rebel soldiers, at the instigation of John Wilkes Booth no less, capture a small town near the Canadian border and are resisted by carpenters, hostlers, bankers and boys.
Rebel Gray, Mountain Green is a fabulous tale written in a superb clean and honest style, meticulously researched and richly illustrated with period images. Peter McKenna excels in character development and dialect. This is a story after my own heart and I'm green with envy that I didn't write it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)