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An Endless Array of Broken Men

Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
Length: 53 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A harrowing account of life on the front edge of a 19th-century battlefield hospital.... 

For Josiah Boyd, hell is 24 sleepless hours, every one of them scalpel in hand, standing under a cross in a nameless church atop a dusty hill after a pointless battle. For too many good men, this is where the world ends.  

On this sleepless morning, Dr. Josiah Boyd is the embodiment of exhaustion. The blood and sinew that soil his front apron are now a full day old, and he hasn't had so much as a latrine break in hours. The muck on the altar floor is two parts blood, one part shit from exploded bowels, and one part tobacco juice. His night has been a seething hell of broken bodies and rotting flesh.  

Except for the ever-present hum of flies (they are everywhere, a constant distress), it is mostly quiet; no sounds of battle breaking the dawn stillness, only an occasional random shot. Outside the church turned hospital, those who have survived the night await their turn at the surgeon’s table. They are a quieter lot now, having seen the two extremities of their fate in those who have gone before them.  

They will live, or they will die. It is beyond their making now....

This short story, a tale of the surgeons working amid the chaos and carnage of Gettysburg in 1863, was the concept for the full-length novels Not One Among Them Whole and The Matriarch of Ruins. Both will soon be available on audiobook, read by the author.

©2013 Edison McDaniels (P)2018 Edison McDaniels

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An eye opening view of the American civil war

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Whilst short the story was good and gave a clear sense of the overwhelming despair of working in a civil war hospital and using drugs to try and survive the ordeal. The descriptions were graphic and made you imagine what it could be like to be in the main characters position, it was also sad to see those who died in squalid situations just wanting their families to think well of them and how they died.

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The narration by the author was clear and fitting to the story and he does voices of different characters well.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 18-11-18

WOW - A TRUE TESTAMENT OF COURAGE & STRENGTH

I have and will continue to thank God every day for anyone who could get through that.
You feel like you're there, feeling, seeing, smelling... everything.

Amazing, compelling, very well written and wow what a harrowing story.
Really enjoyed it, and would love to read/listen to the full story which I see will soon be available on Audible.

Excellent job!! :)
Recommended :)

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  • PattyH
  • 07-11-18

Endless horror

An all to realistic view into the life of a surgeon during war. A day that never ends, never sleeps.
This short story is filled with everything a surgeon could possibly go through during the worse possible day in their lives.

Normally I don't care for authors reading their own works. Edison McDaniels is an exception to this. He does a wonderful job in his narration. I look forward to more from him.

I received a copy of this audible free of cost at my request. I'm thrilled to leave my review.

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  • Teresa Noel
  • 18-01-19

A story about the Civial War


Edison McDaniels has done an awesome job with this short story and also with the narration. If you are into the Civil War at all this is a really good story. It is fictional but could very well have really happened. The story which features a battlefield doctor doing his job and drinking lots of laudanum. Or is he?

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  • RB
  • 14-12-18

A Civil War Surgeon's Experience

This short story puts the reader in the tent with a Civil War battlefield surgeon and his patients for a few harrowing days. While it does portray the grit of this scenario, it also does a good job of making the reader reflect on what it would have been like to endure such an experience in any of those roles. Worth the listen!

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  • Kingsley
  • 19-11-18

No bars hold story of a war surgeon

Edison McDaniel's has put together an tough, unflinching tale of a 18th century surgeon and the daily horrors they see while dealing with death and dismemberment. McDaniel's does not shy away from the horror and gore, but does not dwell on it either. The center of the story is not the gore, but the people. It is about the surgeon, and the various soldiers. While short the characters are fleshed out and feel realistic. You feel for them and the choices they have to make. A well told tale.

McDaniel's narrated his work work, and it doesn't really work for me. I find his pacing to be slightly off, and he accents/highlights the last word in each sentence. It not bad narration, but it's not great.

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