Meet Thomas F. Lineham, Jr., author of Drums of Courage.
Drums of Courage
A thirteen year old boy spins a thread of personal conflicts twisting and turning through real historical events subtly uncovering a core of moral values that were always there waiting to be realized. The theme touches upon several modern problems effecting teens including: firearms in school, bullying, abuse by an alcoholic parent, feeling the loss of a parent and childhood depression. There are no simple answers to difficult life situations. The author strives to maintain realism throughout in depicting how a teen in the mid 1800’s might respond to such highly stressful conflicts.
Accurately tracking the actual troop movements of a real infantry regiment, the story offers vivid battle scenes reconstructed from actual regimental history. But the author carefully blends in the sights, sounds, smells, fear, loneliness and camaraderie that make up the life of the foot soldier. Through the eyes and heart of a seemingly ordinary boy, the reader rides the highs and lows of this unknowingly courageous soul through a myriad of challenges. The reader experiences firsthand the fears, the doubts and ultimately the quiet triumph and joy of this extraordinary teen.
The story offers more than a history lesson; it teaches how to make the tough decisions in life by weighing alternatives against personal values. As this drummer boy discovers, with character comes respect.
Thomas F. Linehan, Jr., known as Tim, was born and raised in rural Connecticut. He holds a Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Tim has accumulated over thirty years of technical and managerial experience in engineering and computer science in major corporations in the Northeast. He has also pursued several other interests and is a black belt martial artist, musician, sports car enthusiast and student of history. Tim is an active board member with his local Civil War Round Table and has been studying war for over ten years. He has two adult children and lives with his wife, Doreen, in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has written numerous children's short stories and is currently researching the Holocaust in preparation for writing another children's historical novel.