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The Light from Darkness: A Story of the Civil War (The Life and Redemption of Teddy Miller) by [John Bebout]

The Light From Darkness follows Teddy Miller who, after years of sending unanswered letters to his father, decides to break his father out of Fort Jefferson, a behemoth of a prison. Author John W. Bebout has written a fast-paced action-adventure novel with lots of sharp twists as Teddy gets himself into more trouble than he anticipated.

The Light From Darkness is a short novel but suspenseful historical adventure novel that captures the heart of the reader and guides them Teddy’s emotional turmoil. Readers are provided with a quick section at the beginning of the story to know what Teddy sets out to do and from there the adventure begins, many things open up to Teddy and challenge him which makes him feel guilty, unsure, and lost. Most of these moments will pull at readers heart, if not fully allowing them to empathize with the character.

This is a fast paced story of the Civil War that sets a quick pace early on that rarely stops for details. The charm and humor embedded within the story provides a nice contrast to the emotionally-charged adventure that Teddy sets out on. Numerous times I found myself chuckling or grinning. This made the atmosphere a bit more light-hearted and fun in contrast to some heavy moments. This all paired well with the prose which was simple and easy-to-read, which works especially well with short novels.

The author effectively made the setting both grounded and vibrant even with the tense undertones of opposing cultures and peoples existing. This was achieved through the side characters being fun and lively while also making clear how uncaring and, at times, destructive nature can be, especially when at sea for long periods of time. Even when Teddy was not at sea, he seemed to stay close enough which allowed for new characters to be introduced while still holding love for the ocean.

The Light From Darkness is a riveting historical fiction novel that follows an intriguing character on an unforgettable journey that readers will certainly enjoy.

Pages: 193 | ASIN:  B08SHTPCSP

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