An enthralling coming-of-age story set during the last year of the Civil War.
“This was one of the best historical fiction stories I have ever read.” -Bruce Miller, Team Golfwell. Independent Book Publishers’ Association:
“I enjoyed reading ‘The Cause of Darkness’ by John W. Bebout who in my opinion is a brilliant writer with an exceptional ability to describe scenes and characters as if you were personally in this fast-action historical fiction story. […] As I read this story, which is told in the first person, I felt the events unfolding were rising out of the book displaying al lin a spectacular movie […] I liked the way the author steadily increased the tension and drama as this book progressed showing the grim realities and cruelties of war in a way that made me reflect on the extreme importance of peace in the troubled world we have today. The author clearly shows and gave mea reminder there is no humanity when it comes down to kill or be killed, as well as how extremely loving we can be […] I also felt this was one of the best historical fiction stories I have ever read with exceedingly high tension as well as low points all mixed with dramatic twists and turns which produced a cornucopia of emotions […] . I also found the story intriguing, dramatic and entertaining written by a very gifted author. Highly recommended!”
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John W. Bebout is a poet who has been published in such literary magazines as ‘The Esthetic Apostle,’ ‘The Paragon Press’ and ‘Horseshoes & Hand Grenades,’ among others. ‘The Cause of Darkness’ is his first novel and, always a poet, he has started each chapter of the book with original prose or quotes, which give the book a lyrical quality rarely found in historical fiction.
In a former life, Bebout was a scientist who authored/coauthored more than two-dozen juried, technical articles. Bebout has lived in Virginia for more than 30 years. It is, he says, “A place where romance and adventure are as pervasive as honeysuckle growing on a fence line.”