Scarred (Paperback)

A Civil War Novel of Redemption

By Michael Kenneth Smith

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781530379743, 194pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2016

List Price: 13.99*
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Scarred "packs in more history and raw emotion than a 600-page epic" notes Kirkus.

For Union soldier and expert rifleman Zach Harkin, taking another man's life is as simple as aiming and pulling the trigger. He's a war hero, known for his acts of skill and bravery at the Battle of Shiloh, and now he has a Confederate sharpshooter in his sights-a soldier who killed Zach's best friend. All Zach has to do is squeeze the trigger to exact his revenge, which he does.

A quick search of the man's belongings reveals a photo of the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, and suddenly, war hero Zach Harkin doesn't feel so heroic anymore. He feels guilt. This killing isn't an act of war but an execution.

No longer able to pull the trigger, Zach finds himself discharged from duty and unable to sleep, as visions of the dead man haunt him. This drives him on a redemptive journey to find the man's family and pay his penance.

Packed with adventure, imprisonment, and romance, Zach's story reveals that no matter what the time period or circumstance, the human need for love and forgiveness perseveres.

About the Author

Michael Kenneth Smith is a retired business owner, who has always had a knack for telling stories. In 2013, he published his first book, Home Again, which-like Scarred-is a story set within the American Civil War. Smith trained as a mechanical engineer, and in the early eighties, he opened an auto parts business. After making it successful, he sold it in 2000 and retired. In addition to writing, he enjoys fishing, golfing, cooking, and playing bridge. He has also edited a local newspaper and is a self-proclaimed oenophile.