» » The Shenandoah Spy

Download The Shenandoah Spy eBook

by Francis Hamit

Download The Shenandoah Spy eBook
Francis Hamit
Thrillers & Suspense
Brass Cannon Books; trade pbk edition (May 9, 2008)
433 pages
EPUB book:
1642 kb
FB2 book:
1531 kb
1695 kb
Other formats
lrf lit lrf doc

The Shenandoah Spy commands your attention immediately and does not deviate from intensity until you finish Belle Boyd’s episodes. Francis Hamit’s captivating style takes you on a journey of fantasy which is embedded with historical facts about the war between the Yankees and the Confederates.

In The Shenandoah Spy, Francis Hamit has cast into brilliant light a character from history any actress would kill to play-Belle Boyd, who served as a spy for the Confederacy. The novelization of pure history is difficult, and Hamit pulls it off with grace and style, filling in and smoothing over until it reads like the very best historical fiction. -Jacqueline Litchenberg. The adventures of Belle Boyd, real-life Civil War scout and spy, come alive in this blend of fact and fiction that takes readers for a ride on the Confederate side.

Francis Hamit's historical fiction about real-life Civil War spy, Belle Boyd, is being turned into an audiobook narrated and produced by Gail Shalan.

Written by Francis Hamit, Audiobook narrated by Gail Shalan, John Zdrojeski. The Shenandoah Spy. By: Francis Hamit. Narrated by: Gail Shalan,John Zdrojeski.

Francis Granger Hamit, American Freelance writer. With United States Army, 1967-1971, Vietnam, Germany. Marlowe: An Elizabethan Tragedy: Screenplay )

Francis Hamit's exciting, fact-based novel about Confederate Army spy .

Francis Hamit's exciting, fact-based novel about Confederate Army spy and scout Belle Boyd at the time of Stonewall. Francis Hamit is creating Various forms of narrative Patreon.

Historical fact-based fiction about the famous spy who played a key role in Stonewall Jacksons Valley Campaign

Historical fact-based fiction about the famous spy who played a key role in Stonewall Jacksons Valley Campaign. Historical fact-based fiction about the famous spy who played a key role in Stonewall Jacksons Valley Campaign. This narrative take place between July 1861 and July 1862 and is the first in a series about the Confederate Secret Service and the women who were its most effective agents. Belle Boyd was the first woman in American History to be formally commissioned an army officer.

Was the notorious teenage Confederate spy Belle Boyd a heroine or a charlatan? . Opinionator The ‘Siren of the Shenandoah’. Writing Books Very Few Will Read. When a family commissions a work, they’re more interested in stories, lessons and values, rather than in sensation.

Historical fact-based fiction about the famous spy who played a key role in Stonewall Jacksons Valley Campaign.  This narrative take place between July 1861 and July 1862 and is the first in a series about the Confederate Secret Service and the women who were its most effective agents.  Belle Boyd was the first woman in American History to be formally commissioned an army officer.
  • Frosha
When we read, we look for ourselves in the words. If we are unable or uninspired to find ourselves there, the words remain meaningless to us. The stories they convey become “throwaway” experiences, never to revisit our minds, never to summon our memories. But if we “become” the old man in Hemingway’s sea; if we “are” Daisy to Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, then literature “is” who we are, or at least, points to whom we might have been, or can be—it is the indelible yardstick against which we measure ourselves. Author Francis Hamit’s “Shenandoah Spy,” a novel of historical fiction based on the true story of Belle Boyd, a legendary female spy for the Confederacy during America’s Civil War, was one of those stories that metamorphosed into a subjective experience for me, and to such an extent that it was surprising to me—surprising and satisfying. Let me tell you why.
Although I often read and write about history, the Civil War of the United States is not high on my list of subjects; not because it isn’t fascinating in its own right, but rather that it holds less weight for me than other histories such as that of America’s native people, the Great Depression, and World War II. My interest in “Shenandoah Spy,” however was sparked by a social media interchange with its author, an informed and shrewd interchange on his part in response to a posting I submitted on Facebook on the 35th anniversary of the Kent State Shootings in protest against the Vietnam War. I looked him up and discovered that he has an extensive background in military intelligence and espionage, a résumé I thought he might put to good use in the stories about which he writes. I ordered the book because of its “first-born” chronology in his body of work rather than its subject. But somewhere deep inside me, I also wanted to be “swayed” by a good Civil War story; I wanted to be brought into the fold. Hamit did not disappoint me on that point in “Shenandoah Spy.”
How is it that in 2015, a reader in the senior years of her life (me) can be transported to a time a century-and-a-half ago and relate to a heroine of only seventeen-years-of-age (Belle Boyd)? The answer is found in Hamit’s presentation of Belle Boyd’s story. He makes room for the reader in the words. He writes with such intimacy and immediacy that it invites the reader to wonder how he/she would have behaved in Boyd’s stead. The reader suffers Boyd’s vulnerabilities; staggers in her exploits; quakes in her boots. And just as importantly for me, this author instilled in me a desire to pay closer attention to this era of my country’s history.
Despite my delight in “Shenandoah Spy,” conversely, an aspect of it niggles at my consciousness. Given that it takes place during, and in response to, the “slave-era” of America’s story, a supporting cast of African Americans is to be expected. There can be no such story absent that body of humanity. Hamit isn’t shy about offering a view of the Civil War as one less about “freeing the slaves” and more about other factors, though. The following conversation between characters Brodhead and Strother in the book illustrates this point: ‘“Not for freeing the slaves?” [asks Broadhead]. Strother had to think about it. “In time, on some abstract level, I might be, but this isn’t the way I’d choose to do it. Most people in the South don’t own slaves. They’ve been seduced into this thing by radical elements that wanted to break up the country, and seized upon the activities of the Abolitionists as an excuse.” “And those Abolitionists have stirred up the war fever on this side. Radicals on both sides have pushed this war into being. It could have been prevented.” Brodhead gestured with his hands as if to illustrate the futility of it all. Strother nodded. “The rich and privileged wanted a war and the rest of us will pay for it.”’
In an excerpt further on in the story, Strother states. ‘“…Most Negroes [in the south] ain’t that displeased with their lot in life. ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ was a masterful load of horse manure when it came to representing the usual situation. You don’t abuse slaves, any more than you would a horse or a cow. It’s not good business and people frown on it. House servants especially have an easy life. They become a part of the family.”’ In that vein, Belle Boyd submits that the Yankees “…exaggerate the colored folks capacity and desire for freedom – those that want it find a way to buy themselves free.”’ Her personal slave Eliza is depicted as one such happy “servant.” Not only does Eliza aid and abet Boyd willingly in her daily life and her spying missions, she is depicted as a personal “friend” rather than as a slave of her mistress. Of course, Hamit puts forth the then self-serving point of view of southerners in his treatise. Following Solomon Northrup’s true story of cruelty suffered at the hands of a slave-owner in “Twelve Years a Slave” that found light in recent times, the portrayal of the master/slave relationship in “Shenandoah Spy” is difficult to reconcile. I suppose, as in any other human enterprise, the minutiae of America’s Civil War ranged every possibility available at the time. Many of those fine points are to be found in “Shenandoah Spy.” It is good reading.
  • Heri
Francis Hamit brings Belle Boyd to life in this thrilling historical novel of the lady Confederate spy. While it based on well researched facts, the book reads like a great novel with discriptions and dialog of all the characters. There are many books filled with facts of her exploits, but Hamit makes her come to life as no other author has done thus far. Great read.
I met Belle Boyd this past weekend, thanks to Francis Hamit, and was thrilled to meet and spend all my time with her! This first book in a series starts with The Shenandoah Spy: Being the True Life Adventures of Belle Boyd, CSA, "The Confederate Cleopatra."

"Belle Boyd was a real person, and became world famous as a spy for the Confederate September, 1862, [she] became the first woman in American history to be formally commissioned an Army officer." (Foreword) The book centers on her role as a scout and spy for the Confederate Army. If only a small percentage of the story were true, Belle gutsy woman! I am thankful that Hamit is publishing her story, for she is a woman to be much admired and embraced by all Americans and especially our younger generation!

Belle was a true Southerner but she was not the typical "belle" as we think of most women of the south. True, she might have worn the big-hooped gowns, learned how to flirt with gentlemen as part of her training, and had her first "season" in Washington with the intent to find a suitable husband. However, when the war began, she was just 17 and she automatically sought to find ways to support the south.

Her first major role was to assist and then nurse at the hospitals. Perhaps it was her required intimacy with those men that first started her reputation. Or perhaps it was her shooting a drunk Yankee soldier who had attacked her mother. But it was her scouting and spying efforts that firmly established Belle's as a spy that could easily flirt and then finagle from the Yanks to learn and gain information to pass on to H. Turner Ashby, her immediate commanding officer, Jackson and other Confederate officers.

Hamit has created an exciting story of the civil war against which he tells Belle's story. Through extensive reading and research, he presents the major players and battles of the war, and includes his characters that effectively supplement actual soldiers and officers. He also considers the political issues as to why the war was started and by whom, whether slavery was a major or minor point and highlights the role of the professional soldiers who moved from war to war, fighting for pay rather than through dedication to the people and the cause they supported.

Two other points of interest for me were the drinking, theft and lack of courtesy shown by the majority of Yankee soldiers and the role of the slaves/servants as they chose to support their families (owners) rather than their supposed liberators.

As the author stated in his foreword, he wrote the novel to entertain readers. Whether or not he took license with the truth in telling the story, I for one believe he did exactly what he said he was doing! This is truly an entertaining, fantastic tale of the past and provides all the excitement, intrigue, action and suspense that readers expect and enjoy!

Francis Hamit has the knowledge, experience and interest to have picked a remarkable character from our historical documents upon which to build this series. I highly recommend that you get the first book, The Shenandoah Spy, now and watch for the next one coming, hopefully soon!

G. A. Bixler
  • Nnulam
  • Thohelm
Having not lived in the USA, this gives me good insight into the detail. Family relations and behaviors are well treated. All in all a good read. Wilhelm
  • Bolanim
Just finished The Shenandoah Spy and found it an enjoyable read. I liked the character development. Each character spoke with his or her own distinctive voice. Having studied the American Civil War myself as a youth, I especially enjoyed your skillful interweaving of historical facts throughout the storyline. I recommend The Shenandoah Spy to anyone interested in historical fiction involving the American Civil War.
  • Bad Sunny
I had to give two stars for historical detail. It's an R-rated book that I cannot recommend--and it just stops in the middle. Not that I'd read a sequel.