I was skeptical. As an avid reader - a woman - who loves thrillers and historical fiction but has never been a fan of military or war novels, I must admit I was less than thrilled when a friend first handed me a copy of The Gettysburg Conspiracy.
I thought, "Gee thanks, yeah, sure... whatever," and I put it on the shelf...until one weekend I found myself stranded with an injured foot and nothing new to read. Nothing, that is, but Will Hutchison's story of a British soldier and the American Civil War. I was pleasantly surprised to find in this book a captivating plot with complex characters and skillfully woven. I could not put it down.
From the first page, the author told an intriguing tale and kept my interest, imparting just enough detail to inform but not bore. He provided clear insight into the personalities of actual political and military figures of that day, as well as the complexities of its fictional hero, Ian Carlyle. He dazzled me with each element of the dress of the period and enlightened me with the intricacies of the social mores of that time.
But as a woman, I must say I was most impressed with the author's ability to capture, and keep, my attention with sexual tension, passion, tenderness yet dare I say it - unbridled lust - that is timeless and in the case of this story, not at all gratuitous.
Word has it that the author has another book in the works. I can't wait to see what Ian, the hero, the loyal Englishman, the ardent lover - does next. And I won't have to be stranded to find out!
If you're a history buff, military maven......or a hopeless romantic - expand your scope, treat yourself, and be held captive by the Gettysburg Conspiracy. You'll be glad you did!