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Author Karl Bacon has given readers a beautifully written, beautifully edited novel that richly describes the land and the mindset of southerners during the Civil War. Bacon is also strong in his characterization and masterfully fleshes-out Stanley Mitchell, who readers see change and mature into an honorable young man. Kristine Hall for Reader Views (10/15/15).

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Karl Bacon is going to get me in trouble. I read his book in just a few days and it was a great temptation to just turn off my computer and phone at work and read his marvelous novel instead. Well plotted, gracefully written, and completely engaging.  (Amazon Reader Review)

I loved this book! The characters are so human and yet thought provoking. (Amazon Reader Review)

I really loved this book! I want the next one! Kept me intrigued the whole time and now I wait! Please Mr. Bacon and get the next one done fast! (Amazon Reader Review)


Until Shiloh Comes has been recognized with several awards for excellence.

National Indie Excellence Awards

WINNER

Historical Fiction

Next Generation

Indie Book Awards

FINALIST

Christian Fiction

Foreword’s Book

of the Year Awards

TRIPLE FINALIST

Historical, Religious,

and Military Fiction

Independent Publishers

Book Awards

BRONZE MEDAL

Best Adult Fiction E-Book

Reader Views Awards

REGIONAL WINNER

USA - South

Reviewers Choice Award

Selah Awards

Blue Ridge Mountains

Christian Writers Conference

FINALIST

Historical/Biblical Fiction

Foreword Reviews Clarion Book Review

Reviewed by Billie Rae Bates
October 5, 2016


Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5


This wonderful wartime story set in a fascinating era is equal parts action and romance.


The South is torn by the Civil War in Prairie Dog Town, a story punctuated by shells blasting and the continual threat of Union invasion. This is a sweet and engaging addition to Karl A. Bacon’s continuing Shiloh Trilogy.


Teenage Union soldier Stanley Mitchell of Ohio, having been injured at Shiloh and taken in by a kind Southern woman in Tennessee, is delivered to a Southern slave trader, LaVache, who treats him miserably. LaVache sells Stanley into the service of a Confederate riverboat captain. As far as Stanley is concerned, he’s done with this war, and he just wants to return to Tennessee and the girl he has fallen in love with, Anna. The threat of Union invasion looms in the background.


Though this is certainly Stanley’s story, the narration is delivered in a neutral voice. Stanley’s point of view comes in a subtle fashion, and the book sometimes switches perspectives to LaVache and the object of his desire, Olivia. Stanley himself is in a complicated position, inhabiting a gray area in this devastating war: “I am a class of one,” he writes to Anna. “I belong to neither North nor South, but am caught between the two, almost a man without a country.” Stanley is innocent in many ways, but his strength and increasing maturity show through.


LaVache, in contrast, is an interesting villain, and is appropriately assigned some rather vile actions. His one redeeming quality is his fascination with a lovely, regal woman in Vicksburg. His violence and cruelty help to keep the plot moving.


The prose is very easy to read, with just the right amount of description illuminating the scenes. Strong research—the author visited some of the novel’s settings—is evident. Visual context is provided by a sketch of the Evangelina riverboat, a map of its Mississippi River route, and a map of the town where Stanley settles.


Woven throughout the text are themes of determination, overcoming extreme hardship, faith in God, and understanding those who are different. There is also requisite exploration of racial divides, serving to draw a contrast between Stanley and other characters who treat those of color harshly. Driven by his faith and compassion, Stanley sees the value in all human beings. He suffers much, but still maintains his faith and thankfulness for God’s provision—via a sympathetic doctor and a helpful slave—as his lot slowly improves.

Prairie Dog Town is a wonderful wartime story set in a fascinating era, with equal parts action and romance.


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At the 2017 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Prairie Dog Town was the winner of the Selah Award for Historical / Biblical Fiction and the Director’s Choice Award for Fiction.

Just like Until Shiloh Comes in 2016, Prairie Dog Town was a three category Finalist in Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards for Historical, Religious, and War & Military Fiction.