Saturday, June 26, 2010

Gettysburg Passage, a novel by John J. Callahan

Gettysburg Passage is a contemporary novel, taking place largely in the Washington, D.C. metro area around 2010-11. Much of the action occurs between Culpepper, VA and Emmitsburg, MD, locations all within easy driving distance of the federal district. The Gettysburg Civil War battle campaign also happens to be largely within this area.

If you are browsing on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or visiting a bookstore, you would look for such a book probably under Mystery & Thrillers. The book is largely complete, currently in final edit. It is an e-book and will initially be available from Amazon.

Gettysburg Passage is not a Civil War book and not a story of the battle which took place between July 1-3, 1863. Personal favorites that describe the campaign include Gettysburg, The Confederate High Tide, from Time-Life Books, ISBN 0-8094-4758-4, revised 1987; and Gettysburg, A Testing of Courage, by Noah Andre Trudeau, Copyright@2002, ISBN 0-06-093186-8.

I have told what Gettysburg Passage isn't. Then what is it?

Gettysburg Passage is a novel exploring very big "what ifs?"

For instance: 1) It is well understood that the building blocks of western civilization evolved with the migration of ancient peoples from the Asian steppes and thawing rolling hills of eastern Europe as they fled the dying ice age and eventually settled near ancient Greece and the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East. What if the survival of a key faction of those peoples and their basic, still-forming ideas depended on the leadership skills of a person or persons from present day America?

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