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This Scorched Earth

(2018)
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This Scorched Earth is an amazing tour de force depicting a family's journey from near-devastation in the Civil War to their rebirth in the American West, from New York Times bestselling author William Gear.

The Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation.

In rural Arkansas, the Hancocks were devastated by that war. They not only lost everything, but experienced an unimaginable hell.

How does a traumatized human being put themselves back together? Where does a person begin to heal his or her broken mind... and does one choose damnation or redemption? For the Hancock siblings: Doc, Sarah, Butler, and Billy, the American frontier becomes a metaphor for the wilderness within - raw, and capable of being shaped. Self-salvation, however, always comes with a price.

Their journey is a testament to the power of love... and the American spirit.

This is their story. And ours.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Thoroughly engaging." - C J Box

"William Gear's This Scorched Earth offers razor-sharp prose and an epic plot that make it impossible to put down... Through every page Gear gives us an intensely personal look at human weakness, pure evil, and more important, the boneless resilience that is possible after unimaginable tragedy." - Marc Cameron

"A dazzling accomplishment. This Scorched Earth is more than an epic novel of the Civil War; it is a thrilling and haunting experience. William Gear writes with the elegance, compassion, and attention to historical detail that transports you..." - Margaret Coel

"William Gear is one of the finest crafters of historical fiction writing today. This Scorched Earth is fascinating. A page turner you can't put down. ...This book is a hold-tight keeper." - Heather Graham

"This Scorched Earth will keep you reading till the last page is turned." - Kat Martin

"William M. Gear has written a sweeping epic of our time, the Lonesome Dove of our decade.It's an epic of the Civil War, beautifully illustrating not just the brutality of the Civil War but also how the war changed men, women, and families as they fled nightmares and memories. If you don't mind tasting coppery fear, feeling blood seep through your fingers, and being shocked by the roar of cannon as friends fall around you, pick this one up." - L J Martin

"This Scorched Earth is William Michael Gear's most ambitious and meticulously crafted novel in a long career of ground-breaking work that spans past and future." - Lucia St. Clair Robson

"William Gear has written a powerful and breathtaking fiction drawn from a host of fields, including the Civil War, the frontier, and prehistory. A reader ends up not just absorbed, or fascinated, but also educated, and This Scorched Earth catches the human condition in all its glory and sorrow." - Richard S Wheeler


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Used availability for William Gear's This Scorched Earth

Hardback Editions

April 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: This Scorched Earth (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): William Gear
ISBN: 1-4328-4604-3 / 978-1-4328-4604-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West
Author(s): William Gear
ISBN: 0-7653-8236-9 / 978-0-7653-8236-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West
Author(s): William Gear
ISBN: 0-7653-8237-7 / 978-0-7653-8237-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War
Author(s): William Gear
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War
Author(s): William Gear
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War
Author(s): William Gear
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West
Author(s): William Gear
Publisher: Forge Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA