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Fire in the Heartland by Alan Sewell is a novel with a new look at the personal and political intrigues behind the lines that decided the outcome of the Civil War as much as did its battles.The story is centered on the Harkner Family, of Kentucky,MoreFire in the Heartland by Alan Sewell is a novel with a new look at the personal and political intrigues behind the lines that decided the outcome of the Civil War as much as did its battles.The story is centered on the Harkner Family, of Kentucky, Illinois, and Alabama. David Harkner, a cousin to Mary Todd Lincoln, must decide whether to place his allegiance with the Union, the Confederacy, or the State of Kentucky acting independently of either. His brother Basil is a Union officer, his brother Tom leads an anti-Lincoln conspiracy in Chicago, and his brother Ed is a politician and officer in the Confederacy.David travels the heartland of the Federal and Confederate States, meeting with Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, Andrew Johnson, and Alexander Stephens. He must assess the Confederacy and recommend whether Kentucky should join it. He must decide whether to work for President Lincoln in gathering military and political intelligence about the Confederacy in Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. He must decide whether to reveal the Northwestern Conspiracy against the Lincoln Government that his brother leads in Chicago.David’s choices may secure President Lincoln’s reelection or cost the life of David’s brothers.David’s final mission is of war-winning significance.Fire in the Heartland was developed through extensive research into little known events that helped decide the outcome of the Civil War. It provides a unique insight into the personal and political intrigues that were part of a war.And its a great read.