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Gone For a Soldier (Gone for Soldiers #1)

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Divided by loyalty to the King of England and the idea of democracy, the Van Buskirk family struggles from the Boston Tea Party to the Battle of Yorktown to preserve a way of life or forge a new nation.

This novel includes descriptions of major battles, transcriptions of letters from George Washington, John Adams, Benedict Arnold and many other prominent figures of the Ame
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Paperback, 804 pages
Published October 30th 2008 by CreateSpace
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Beth A Horsch
Feb 15, 2009 Beth A Horsch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Excellent view of the Revolutionary War, which follows the Van Buskirk family through the war. Where all the characters felt very real (showing both the good and bad sides that everyone has). In the beginning of the book I found myself wishing that some of the chapters (character development) would have been expanded, but I soon found that Mr Hepple develops the characters over time, which I enjoyed just as well. I also appreciated that while Mr Hepple did not shy away from the horrors of war ...more
Judy
Jan 02, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
A quote from the book - “To have the right to say what you believe in, you must give the right to hear what you do not believe in.” - something we need more of today.
War and politics have not changed since the revolutionary war.
Irma Fritz
Apr 07, 2009 Irma Fritz rated it it was amazing
A FAMILY HISTORY

As a school kid, I was never good at memorizing historical dates and names. Without a personal connection, they slipped quickly from memory into oblivion. However, any time I could read a book, see a movie or a play that accomplished the feat of bringing history to life, I not only loved but also remembered it.

And so it is with Jeffrey S. Hepple’s revolutionary war novel, “Gone For a Soldier.” His novel carries a double impact in that it is both our collective American--as well a
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Mike
Jan 23, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Mostly this was an enjoyable tale in a rich historical setting. It managed to bring out the human side of what was both a civil war and a war of liberation – the Buskirks fought on both sides of the conflict thus causing splits within the family.
The writer can tell a good tale but ultimately this fell between the two stools of novel and straight history. Often the historical detail split up the story instead of providing the background for events. For example many of the regimental dispositions
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Sheryl
Dec 18, 2012 Sheryl rated it really liked it
The book takes place in the early years of the Revolutionary War and follow the travails of the (fictional) Van Buskirk family. Nearly every other character in the book is real, though. Between my New England roots, my stint in Central PA, and my almost 13 years here in the DC area, nearly every location and every person had meaning for me. The story is alternately riveting and boring. There are a lot of very detailed battle descriptions that glazed my eyes, as well as full text reproductions of ...more
Beth A Horsch
Feb 15, 2009 Beth A Horsch rated it it was amazing
An Excellent view of the Revolutionary War, which follows the Van Buskirk family through the war. Where all the characters felt very real (showing both the good and bad sides that everyone has). In the beginning of the book I found myself wishing that some of the chapters (character development) would have been expanded, but I soon found that Mr Hepple develops the characters over time, which I enjoyed just as well. I also appreciated that while Mr Hepple did not shy away from the horrors of war ...more
Carol Dickey
Mar 15, 2015 Carol Dickey rated it really liked it
Interesting

This book has an interesting storyline that combines historical fact with fiction. It moves along well for the most part. There are occasional grammar issues that are a minor distraction. I would recommend the book to those who enjoy historical fiction.
Dwayne
May 29, 2013 Dwayne rated it it was amazing
Nicely written historical nobel. Even included the small part the maternal side of my family (Van Wart) played in capturing Major John Andre.
Therese
Sep 28, 2012 Therese marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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