As all great series, such as Alex Haley’s, ‘Roots,’ or ‘North and South, by John Jakes, Robert Walker’s series Annie’s War; Love amidst the Ruins, follows suit. You are glued to your chair, so to speak. Impatiently awaiting the next episode, learning about aspects of American History, that although fictionalized, carry both reality and the seeds of truth in these books. As with book two, book three takes us deeper into the mind of John Brown, enabling us to see both the humanity of the man, (in his probable prejudices,) and the madness and genius of him. I learned so much more of what might have happened and what did happen during those days of the raid in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, (later to become West Virginia,) then I had from any history book, given to me as a child or young women in school. It did as the author hoped and wrote at the end of book three, incite me to further research on my own, the story of John Brown, his men, children, and the story of Harper’s Ferry and its place in history.
Although, the author did take considerable liberties in his portrayal of some of his characters, it makes the story more engrossing and not less. The author does fully admit, to taking these liberties and this reader fully believes it is in the taking of these liberties that Robert Walker gave a glimpse of what might be the truth of the mood and heart of the people living in and around Harper’s Ferry in 1859, and in the abolitionists themselves. For without the liberties it would be another history book with dates and facts, dry and unyielding about the minds and hearts of everyone who lived during that time.
I cannot believe this series will not hit the silver screen at some time and go down in history as one of the best written of all times.