I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires   -     By: Cathy Gohlke
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I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

Moody Publishers / 2008 / Paperback

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When his father joins the Union Army, 17-year-old Robert Glover reluctantly vows not to enlist until he turns 18. But when his cousin Emily writes seeking help for Uncle Albert---imprisoned at Fort Delaware---he unwittingly becomes embroiled in a Confederate escape plan! Can Robert find answers on matters of family, faith, and freedom for all? 336 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802487742
ISBN-13: 9780802487742
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The bonds linking family and the lines separating enemies have become very blurry for 17-year-old Robert. With his father away fighting for the Union, Robert must decide to act alone in order to help his ailing mother, extricate his injured Confederate Uncle, and bring relief to his cousin, Emily. When he unwittingly gets entangled in a Confederate escape plot, Robert must forge his anger and shame into a new determination to save his family. And, perhaps, he must also realize that the saving might not be entirely up to him. Honor and duty to God and country aren't as clear-cut as he hoped them to be.

Author Bio

Born on a farm in the North Carolina Piedmont, CATHY GOHLKE was third in a family of four children. Cathy's first novel, William Henry is a Fine Name, was awarded the 2007 Christy Award for Best Young Adult novel, was a finalist for the 2007 Christy Award for Best First Novel, and was awarded second place for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2007 Book of the Year Long Historical. Her second novel, I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, was released in September 2008 and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2008. Cathy and her husband, Dan, live in Elkton, Maryland and have two grown children.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspenseful Read!
    February 29, 2012
    Samantha
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book kept me at the edge of my seat for the entire read! Cathy Gohlke is truly talented in making the characters' emotions feel real. Due to a few violent scenes in the book, I do not recommend this to anyone under 15. This is a very sweeping tale and a nice complement to the first book of this series.
  2. Normal, Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart-wrenching! Epic! Christy winner must-read!
    January 10, 2011
    patti lacy
    Normal, Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps...His truth is marching on."

    "Battle Hymn of the Republic" roused a nation to sacred causes, telling by song an epic tale.

    Cathy Gohlke creates no less of an epic in her second novel, I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires.

    The Civil War has separated Robert from his mother, who has fled to her Confederate roots, and his father, who's serving, along with all able-bodied Northern males, in the Union army. Passionate about his work on the farm and with the Underground Railroad, Robert still pines for his family.

    Then a letter arrives from Emily, the plantation-dwelling cousin Robert has always loved. Emily begs for Robert to help release her father, Robert's uncle, a Confederate soldier who languishes in a Union prison.

    Without his father's guidance, Robert sets out on a quest, determined to do things his way. The horrors of war, greed fostered by inhumane conditions, and betrayal at the hand of a relative leave Robert despondent and vengeful.

    An unlikely one-legged soldier and a reunion witih his beloved horse and God's guiding hand provide Robert miraculous passage through enemy country.

    On the wings of prayers and the strength of an Irish nurse and passionate doctor, Robert eventually steps on the once-verdant plantation lands of Emily's family and his mother.

    When the Old South incinerates right before Robert's eyes and Robert's hopes to reunite with his mother are nothing but cold ashes, will Robert grow cold in bitterness or die to his own plans and allow God to rule His life?

    Readers, if you don't buy another book this year, PLEASE get this marvelous story. Gohlke explores allegiances, the evils of war, the struggles of a young adult to relinquish to God's will, and the tragedy of mental illness. The poignant prose and marvelous characterizations allowed me to trod in the soldiers' bloody bootprints and filled my ears with the roar of cannons.

    May God whisper many more stories to Ms. Gohlke! She's penned a brilliant read.
  3. Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 24, 2009
    Karen Lange
    Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Robert Glover faces more choices in this sequel to William Henry is a Fine Name. This time, we join Robert near his eighteenth birthday at his home in Maryland. The Civil War rages on, and Roberts father Charles is away, working for the Union making maps. Roberts mother Caroline has decided to stay on her fathers plantation in North Carolina. Despite his desire to fight for the Union, Robert promised his father that he would not enlist until he turns eighteen. Emily, Roberts cousin, asks him to visit her father, an officer in the Confederate army. Uncle Albert is being held as a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware. Robert agrees, due in part to family obligation, but mostly because he loves Emily. After he visits Albert, Robert plans to go help his mother, who he has not seen in four years.Robert involuntarily gets caught in a prison escape plan, derailing his plans to travel to North Carolina. He is abducted, left for dead, and faces charges as a spy, challenging his integrity, his endurance, and his faith. Roberts adventures include new friends, a persistent enemy, and even a friend from his past travels on the Underground Railroad.This book is a roller coaster reading adventure packed with action and intrigue. We see Robert mature and find his place in life while coning to terms with family secrets. I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires is a wonderful story that gives the reader thoughtful insight into days gone by. Roberts story brings history to life, and it would serve as a great teaching tool for this era. If you liked William Henry is a Fine Name, you are sure to enjoy Cathy Gohlkes satisfying conclusion to Roberts story.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 6, 2009
    Trish Perry
    One of the finest qualities of Cathy Gohlke's I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires is the way lines become blurred between Union and Confederate sympathies. And I don't simply mean the sympathies of the endearing, believable young hero, Robert Glover. Any reader of this touching, exciting novel will be surprised to find herself rooting for the southern inhabitants as often as for the northern. By dividing Robert's family, Gohlke shows the reader how our divided country suffered; how the conflict wasn't as simple as pro-slavery vs. abolition, states rights vs. Federal power. And, best of all for this reader, Gohlke never reaches for sentiment. Still, she managed to move me to tears more than once. An excellent read for teens and up.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 25, 2009
    Claudette Wood
    Civil War enthusiasts will enjoy this sequel to "William Henry is a Fine Name." It's fast-paced and it gives the reader a glimpse into the experiences and horrors of the War Between the States. I was thoroughly engrossed in the reading. The characters were believable, and I was captured by the storyline. It is a novel well-done.
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