The Carroll Farm Fight
During the American Civil War, young Mel Carroll lives on a small, isolated Missouri farm which is taken over by Confederate troops from Arkansas. While they await the approaching Union Army, his farm is transformed into a fortified camp. Carroll is witness to the fighting between both armies. Mistaken for a Confederate soldier and captured by the Union, he manages to escape. Carroll then begins to travel overland through the rugged Ozark Mountains to the Adderly farm and the home of his girlfriend, Rochelle. What he finds upon his arrival will change his life. Covering a fictional Civil War skirmish in the Ozark Mountains, the novel describes the effects of war on the non-belligerent local people, as well as the cruelty inflicted upon them. I found the novel an entertaining read. Unfortunately there is little character development, although this did not take away from enjoying the book. I recommend it for Civil War junkies who like a story with plenty of action and suspense.