Trained in the prosaic fields of economics and law, and earning his living in the corporate bowels of an enormous aerospace company, in his spare time he stretched his mind by studying the wonders of astronomy on the one hand, and the glories of American history on the other. Sonia, his wife of twenty-seven years, was possessed of a brilliant practical business mind; yet she greatly enjoyed Martin’s stories of the American past, and encouraged him to write them professionally. She especially enjoyed his speculation about a “secret history of the United States:” incidents and turning points so vital to our future yet so potentially terrible that knowledge of them was withheld from the American public. With her prodding, he has created a series of novels involving the character of Alphonso Brutus Clay: a Civil War Union officer who will find himself deeply involved in several such incidents that will never find their way into the history books.
Sonia passed away on Christmas Eve 2009 after a brave four-year fight against ovarian cancer, and therefore did not live to see the first of the books that she inspired. However, Martin is convinced that somewhere, she knows. John Brown’s Body is the first of the Alphonso Clay Civil War Mysteries. If you enjoy it, please try Battle Cry of Freedom, Marching Through Georgia, Battle Hymn of the Republic , and newly released, Hail Columbia!
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Hail Columbia!, Alphonso Clay Mystery: In 1869, four years after the Civil War has ended, Southerners bristle under the authority of a military government. Embittered Confederate veterans secretly form the Ku Klux Klan to fight what they perceive as their unjust oppression by the North. However, President Ulysses S. Grant views the Klan as a dangerous organization, using arson and murder to destroy the newly won rights of former slaves and sabotage Washington's authority in the South. Seeking to break the back of the Klan without returning the country to the destruction of the Civil War, Grant turns to his most trusted agent, Major Alphonso Brutus Clay, to find a solution to end the clan's violent activities in the South.
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