The Rebel Yank: Words Not Spoken by Steven Ostrega is a very dramatic and exciting novel about a young man who has high family values and a love for his country. He is an outspoken man before it is fashionable to be one. He believes in a cause and follows through with it. Paul Douglas is a man with a strong belief that causes him a problem with his family and the woman who was his intended.
But then there was the other problem that he faces. He is torn between a beautiful Chippewa squaw and the daughter of an iron ore Czar. He is duty bound to marry the rich girl and keep his family in the money but he is in love with the little Indian girl that has his heart.
It is a compelling story of a man who has a high patriotic loyalty, but also has a beautiful woman that he is in love with which interferes with his strong belief in family. His strong conviction pits him against his friends and family and puts his love life in turmoil.
Paul has to make drastic decisions that will affect his life and his family’s future for years to come. All this happening is dramatic enough; now add in the fact that the Civil War is raging on and you have the makings of an epic drama.
The Rebel Yank: Words Not Spoken was a good read; even with its 433 pages, it kept my attention from the first page to the last. Fast moving, exciting and well-researched, I considered it to be well written and an exciting novel.
I gave it a strong B on my scale and would recommend it to anyone who likes stories that revolve around the Civil War.