Introducing an exciting new novel in the series, "The Red Spoke"
The Red Spoke is a novel about Buck, a white Southerner and his former slave Isaac, who become secret abolitionist. Buck Jernigan, his wife Betty Gail, their twins, Norman and Mia and their two free Negros, Isaac and Sally, live in the small hamlet of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Unknown to Betty Gail and Sally, Buck and Isaac become abolitionists freeing nearly fifty local area slaves. Buck and Isaac become deeply committed and submerged in the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States in efforts to escape to free states and Canada. This was accomplished, in part, with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Buck and Isaac meet with Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave and a leader and worker on the Underground Railroad. She made 13 trips to the South, helping to free over 70 people.
"Buck, did you ever think about sin?"
Buck replies, "I think about it all of the time. Why do you ask?"
Isaac continues, "Sin is man-made. It sure would be a nice world if man did not sin."
The Red Spoke is currently on Amazon Kindle for $4.99. The 410 page print copy is available on Amazon for $14.99.
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Noted author Dr. George D. N. Coletti has some very exciting news. His masterpiece, Stone Mountain: The Granite Sentinel, is available from many eBook retailers and this opens up a world of enjoyment for those who love a story brilliantly told about one of the most tumultuous periods in America's history. Coletti's exciting 796 page historical novel of the Old South is a well-documented fictional account of life before and during the Civil War, and follows the lives of the Jernigan family and their friends as they face life, death, love and war.
George Coletti, whose own life is a worthy story, lives and works in the historic village of Stone Mountain, and his contributions to the city's cultural heritage are legendary. General Sherman's March to the Sea actually began near Coletti's home and it was largely through Coletti's efforts that a monument was dedicated last year commemorating what history calls "Sherman's Neckties," a destruction of railroad tracks that crippled the South's ability to supply food and soldiers during the final year of the Civil War
Dr. Coletti's monumental book is an eye-opener, awakening me to how little I knew about my ancestors. Prompted by these brilliantly told stories, I began visiting many of the places described in the book. The Andrew Johnson cemetery, holding the remains of a Stone Mountain founding family, the Stone Mountain Cemetery with the mass graves in the Confederate section, an uncomfortable experience as you think of the wartime tragedy leading to such impersonal burial, knowing how their surviving families likely never knew what happened to them.
Grown men make war and everyone somehow loses something, a life, a few years of youth, a healthy body or hope. There are magnificent heroes in The Granite Sentinel to be sure, but the overriding sentiment is that war is senseless, attacking the core of our collective humanity. That's not to take anything away from the brave soldiers who gave their lives-my own family shares a similar heritage-but more a personal lament that any of God's children had to die unnaturally.
It takes a mighty effort to bring a reader's interest back to the events of long ago, but Coletti is equal to the Herculean task. The characters seem to leap from the pages grasping for a heartstring. There is a message: "Never forget us."
All the elements of greatness are drawn together in The Granite Sentinel: romance and love, loyalty and duty, chivalry and generosity, and most of all, honor. Reading the debate between two of the South's finest statesmen-orators, Alexander Stephens and Robert Toombs during Georgia's Secession Convention in 1861, is a stunning example of the remarkable power of language, history, law and love of place. Two men destined to lead the Confederacy, one as Vice President, the other as Secretary of State. One opposed to Secession, the other in favor. Both were close friends and shared a love for the South that transcended differences.
That's just one of the powerful lessons Coletti leaves us. The Granite Sentinel is a profoundly important book that readers throughout the world can now enjoy.