Last of the Dixie heroes

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Ballantine Books, May 29, 2001 - Fiction - 289 pages
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Roy Hill married the girl of his dreams, dotes on his eleven-year-old son, and is next in line for a big promotion in the Atlanta office of a global corporation. Then, almost imperceptibly at first, everything starts to unravel. He losing control of his life. When his best friend joins a Civil War reenactment group, spending his weekends in camps where the year is forever 1863, Roy finds the idea laughable . . . even though he is the descendent and namesake of a Confederate Civil War hero. But when he visits the regiment just to be polite, something unexpected happens, gradually opening Roy's eyes to the secret of a distant conflict that never endedand leading him down a path that grows more menacing at every turn. With his job disappearing in a way he could never have foreseen, his whole life slipping out of control, Roy falls deeper and deeper into the Rebel past. A strange and powerful idea takes hold: that his life went wrong long before he was born, in the fateful campaigns that preceded the burning of Atlanta. Among the men, a hard-core splinter group is formedwith Roy at its center. On an ancient battlefield, the once-clear lines between reenactment and reality begin to disappear. When his son is taken hostage is it real? When the old muskets fire will they still fire blanks? Or will a bloody history come stunningly to life? An extraordinary novel about the fate of men and women no longer in step with the rhythms of the modern world, marching back into Southern history to make things right,Last of the Dixie Heroesis Peter Abrahams's most dazzlingly original work yet.

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User Review  - Suzyn - Goodreads

Peter Abrahams has no bigger fan than me, but this wasn't his best work. Unusual and inventive, yes, fun to read, not so much. He gets an entire extra star for the fact that a couple of chapters ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Fuchs - Goodreads

Not a bad book. Not what I expected. It's a story of a man who gets involved in civil war re-enacting after life has been extremely rough on him. The main character becomes so separated from reality that re-enacting becomes his reality. Read full review

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Peter Abrahams is the author of ten previous novels, including Crying Wolf, A Perfect Crime, The Fan, and Lights Out, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife and four children.

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