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The Brother Voice  (book-in-progress)

I have always been intrigued by the Civil War. It haunts my soul.Some of my predecessors fought in it. I lived in Frederick, Maryland for a time and while there discovered an old book written by a man who had, as a boy, witnessed the Battle of the Monocacy which took place there and at a short distance to the south. I researched the site of the battle, and became aware of its importance. 

I was intrigued by twin brothers who could read each other's thoughts, and still fight on opposite sides. An old black man selling peanuts on the streets of Frederick was the inspiration for the character, Old Nostradamus, a blind slave who walked as though he could see. Some of the folk-lore and Civil War stories in the novel fell from my own North Carolina family tree. 


 
The Brother Voice - Overview

Sel and Hol Danner grow up in Frederick, Maryland during the confusion of the impending Civil War. Identical twins, they have the ability to know each other's thoughts (think to each other).

Sel hates slavery and wants to fight against it. Hol loves the South and favors the Confederate side. As the war progresses, they argue, but Sel joins the Union army and Hol joins the Confederates. Slavery doesn't bother Hol until he falls in love with a slave girl, Minnie Lou, who some see as an angel. 

The brothers don't meet again until they oppose each other at the Battle of the Monocacy at Frederick. Hol decides to desert and go to Minnie Lou, but the battle lies between them. 

EXCERPT: The Brother Voice

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