Pale Blue Light

A Novel

Title Details

Pages: 392

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 06/01/2013

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6310-4

List Price: $19.95

Related Subjects

FICTION / Historical

Pale Blue Light

A Novel

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Pale Blue Light is a rare espionage thriller set in the Civil War. Young Rabe Canon leaves his family's Alabama plantation at the start of the Civil War, befriending Major Thomas Jackson of Virginia Military Institute-later the esteemed Stonewall Jackson. When Jackson suffers a mortal wound at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Canon suspects foul play. Canon undertakes a cross-country journey to discover the truth behind Jackson's death, one that entangles Canon with a beautiful Yankee spy as he tries to avoid capture in gold-rich California. Author Skip Tucker combines historical accuracy with plenty of gunfire and intrigue for an epic, entertaining novel.
There is no denying the energy and pace. Pale Blue Light ... is a page turner.

—Don Noble, Bookmark

Skip Tucker's novel of the Civil War South is a time machine to the gritty nineteenth century.

—Bill Perkins, editor, Dothan Eagle

Skip Tucker can flat-out tell a story. His characters are colorful, his facts are straight, and his writing is engaging.

—Frances Coleman, editor, Mobile Press-Register

Writing a work set during the most tumultuous period of American history is a dauntingly ambitious task ... Tucker puts Pale Blue Light onto the pages with amazing grace.

—Carroll Dale Short, author of The Shining Shining Path

I liked this action hero, Rabe Canon, from the outset but I didn't know he was going to turn into James Bond. This novel will leave you stirred, and parts of it might leave you a little shaken, too.

—Tom Wright, editor (ret.), SourceDecatur Daily

Spies, villains, and a murder plot that makes us wonder about the events surrounding that strange night in Chancellorsville when Stonewall Jackson was shot ... impossible to put down.

—Bob Martin, Montgomery Independent

Pale Blue Light is a compelling story that blends history with fiction in a way that puts you right in the middle of the Civil War-era South.

—James Phillips, editor, Daily Mountain Eagle

Historical fiction unlike anything folks have read about that terrible conflict that produced such glory and sadness. It is worth the read.

—Bobby Horton, Homespun Songs series

Alabama novelist Skip Tucker has taken a still-lively Civil War controversy and expanded it into an imaginative tale that blends historical fiction with murder mystery, spy vs. spy, and plenty of action. This lively, entertaining novel unfolds like a movie. Indeed, Pale Blue Light could make an excellent movie worthy of a John Wayne-style, action-hero star, if anyone in Hollywood is paying attention.

—Si Dunn, Third-Chance Book Reviews

Pale Blue Light is a book anyone who has an interest in Southern history should read.

—Wayne Clark, Valley Times News

A timely, page-turning ride through Civil War history, Pale Blue Light is full of derring-do and deviltry, romantic twists and memorable characters.

—Kendal Weaver, state editor (ret.), Associated Press

If anyone could write a murder mystery into the Civil War, complete with a sexy spy worthy of a James Bond novel, Skip Tucker is the one. His story has more plot twists than a Smoky Mountains road has curves, and he not only makes the legendary general Stonewall Jackson a living, breathing man, he poses a provocative 'what if?' about the circumstances of Jackson's death from battlefield wounds.

—Lane Lambert, reporter, Patriot Ledger

Climb into a murder plot in this visual thrill ride of a novel that sweeps us through the Civil War with guns blazing and ends with-of all things-an aerial episode and a flight not easily forgotten.

—Tim Prince, publisher, Clanton Advertiser

Pale Blue Light's audacious Confederate protagonist, Rabe Canon, might have been one of John Wayne's greatest roles. From the lock-and-load opening pages to the soaring, cinematic climax, the book radiates historical authenticity and a rigorous intellectual curiosity about the nineteenth century; it also examines why a man might risk his very life for loyalty to what he knows to be an imperfect, doomed cause. - Dennis Love, author, Blind Faith and My City Was Gone


About the Author/Editor

SKIP TUCKER worked for the Jasper (Alabama) Daily Mountain Eagle for ten years as a reporter, editor, and assistant publisher. He became press secretary for George McMillan and then Charlie Graddick in their gubernatorial campaigns and was later deputy press secretary for Governor Jim Folsom. In recent years, he has served as director of Alabama Voters Against Lawsuit Abuse and was media director for Judge Graddick's 2012 campaign for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.