Thirteen year old Cory Cromwell from a small town 20 miles rth of Philadelphia is angry about his deceased father, and frustrated by a school bully. He convinces his distraught, widowed mother to approve his joining the Union Army as a drummer boy. Cory discovers his nemesis, the bully, follows Cory into army life and continues to torment him. Cory soon learns that a far more serious foe is stalking him. A cat and mouse game emerges with Cory as the prey. A mysterious, dark soldier from his father's past becomes an ever present danger to threaten Cory's very survival. This fate combined with the mortal dangers of the battlefield put ermous pressure on Cory. Crushed by indecision and grief for the loss of a friend, Cory breaks down. With much soul searching, Cory begins to understand his father's failings and hidden values. Cory pulls himself up with a renewed spirit only to meet the dark soldier in a final struggle for survival.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thomas F. Linehan, Jr., known as Tim, was born and raised in rural Connecticut. He holds a Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Tim has accumulated over thirty years of technical and managerial experience in engineering and computer science with major corporations in the Northeast. He has also pursued several other interests and is a black belt martial artist, musician, sports car enthusiast and student of history. Tim is an active board member and Past President of his local Civil War Round Table and has been studying the war for over ten years. He has two adult children and lives with his wife Doreen in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has written numerous children's short stories and is currently researching the Holocaust in preparation for writing another children's historical novel.