By Bob Larranaga
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is Subject of Civil War Novel During the war between the states, millions of people – soldiers and civilians alike – suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. "The Reckoning" is the first-person account of one man, who answered duty's call, despite suffering from PTSD. It's part history, part war-time romance and all non-stop action as army veteran Ed Canfield battles his own demons and deadly foes on every side. It’s 1861. Abe Lincoln has just won the presidency with only 43 percent of the popular vote. The South is threatening war against the North. In Florida, ex-army sharpshooter, Ed Canfield, and his hotheaded son, Jesse, are already at "war" with each other. Ed bars Jesse from joining the rebel army because Ed is haunted by what he saw and did during the Mexican-American War. The highly decorated veteran suffers from what doctors in the Civil War era called “soldiers’ heart” and what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But, when a Yankee warship attacks their harbor, Ed and Jesse must take up arms. In a daring escape, the blockade runners dodge the Yankee shelling and head for the “graveyard of the sea” with its deadly shoals, smugglers, cutthroats and spies. They race down the gulf coast looking for a refugee camp where Ed hopes his girl friend, Maureen, has sought safety. But, as they enter the steaming Everglades, the deadliest foe of all strikes.
About the Author
Bob Larranaga lives on Florida’s gulf coast, the setting for this fast-paced Civil War novel inspired by the Union blockade and the surprise attack on Cedar Keys during the War Between the States. Bob is the descendant of a Civil War soldier, a Key West shipwrecker and a Florida lighthouse keeper. He runs a web site and blog for civil war buffs, historians and civil war re-enactors at www.theuscivilwar.info This is Bob's first novel. He has written five children’s books, a book of daily meditations for business executives and a book on the spiritual benefits of gardening.
ISBN 978-1434866066, CreateSpace, © 2012, Paperback, 254 pages. $14.99Show More