Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Pilot Mountain by Robert Wall
Pilot Mountain is a work of fiction based on the life of Louis H. Wall as seen through the eyes of his great-grandson, Dr. Robert R. Wall. This work takes us from Louis's induction into the Army of Northern Virginia. It follows Louis through his exploits during several of the most horrific battles of that war. Finally, to his return home from that war, family strife and to the ultimate decision that would change his life forever. It is a story of family life in the old south and the war that changed the south forever. However it does not dwell on that horrific war. It instead tells stories of friends and the men and woman whose lives were changed by that terrible war. Dr. Wall has studied the genealogy of his Great-Grandfather and the history of his Great-Grandfather's regiment during the Civil War. From this he has extrapolated this work of fiction from his own mind as it could have taken place.
This is a work of fiction and has no basis in fact, other than the regimental history and the areas in which his Great-Grandfather lived and fought for survival. No knowledge of what actually took place between family members is known or implied.
Mr. Wall has an excellent imagination. This book is well written and interesting. Granted, it is fiction, but Mr. Wall did an excellent job of making his great-grandfather come to life for the reader! The character is well developed and easy to like. Using actual history makes the book even more interesting. Mr. Wall was able to create a plausible story about his ancestor based on what he knew about him that is incredibly real. I would give this book a 4/5. It is a good read!
Thank you to Mr. Robert Wall for providing a copy of this book for me to review. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.