Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Thirst for War by Raymond Gustavson

About the book

A Thirst for War gives readers a unique view of the Civil War. It tells the story of Professor John Ulysses Martin. He is idealistically anxious to serve. Accompanied by a couple of his students, he travels to join up and looks forward to seeing action. As he watches others killed and maimed one after another, disillusionment settles in on him.

A Thirst for War starts before Martin goes off to war. It shows his anticipation before he first sees action, then his immersion into the breathtaking action, and the sorrow of injury and death that surround the soldiers every day. This book gives readers a fast-paced glimpse into the past and the realities of war in those days as well as a good dose of beautifully crafted intrigue.

History buffs will read this eagerly to experience the war through this author’s eyes. Those who don’t generally read historical fiction will enjoy it as well as it is an exciting story that grabs the reader and hangs on.

About the author

Raymond Gustavson is retired from the VA Regional Office in St. Petersburg, FL where he was a rating specialist (RVSR) on the Appeals Team. He is a contributing editor to Vietnow magazine. He lives in Florida with his wife and a vivacious Labrador retriever they are teaching to sing barbershop.

Gustavson is currently writing a sequel to A Thirst for War, and also is working on a thriller based on a visit to Chartres Cathedral. Additionally, he is actively at work on a self-help book for veterans seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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