A young and penniless boy - Johnny Madigan - lies about his age to become a Union Soldier.
But after fighting his way through some of the most brutal conflicts of the American Civil War and surviving terrible wounds Johnny Madigan now faces an even deadlier battlefield.
He must fight on the Home Front.
Johnny has proved himself a skilled spy. His commanders send him back to
to New York to penetrate an underground counterfeiting gang supplying forged US currency to the enemy South.
As he infiltrates the deadly cabal of plotters, he is sent to Canada where a murderous Confederate spy ring is plotting an armed uprising to take over New York City and hold it hostage - and so win the War for the Confederacy.
But in Canada, it is impossible for Johnny to tell which side is which.
Suspected by some of the plotters, he is seduced by the beautiful Letitia – herself a key member of the gang.
Her orders are to expose him.
Johnny’s dream is to return to childhood sweetheart, Deidre, who kept him alive as a destitute youth in the city’s slums.
But Letitia is impossible for any man to resist.
At stake is Johnny's heart, his life - and the outcome of the Civil War itself.
'Home Front' is an immaculately researched and fast-paced historical thriller that plunges the reader right into the murky depths of intrigue, plot and counter-plot that became the dark underside of the War Between the States.
It is perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Charles Frazier.
"This is the Civil War in close-up, in all its fury and glory. A fantastic, captivating read." - Richard Foreman, best-selling author of 'Sword of Rome'.
John A. Bray served for seventeen years in the New York City Police Department and took early retirement with the rank of lieutenant in 1976. After admission to the Bar, he served for four years as a prosecutor in the Department's internal disciplinary system. After leaving the NYPD, John practiced criminal defense law on Long Island and in New York City for 30 years.
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