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Road To The Breaking Series

“It was a time of such suffering and death, it caused the breaking of all the old ways.  Some for the good, and some for the worse.  Nothing came through ‘The Breaking’ unchanged, and all that once was, even to the greenness of the earth, was broken during that time, and was never again the same.” 

–  Billy Creek, Indian Scout, US Army 8th Infantry

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Road To The Breaking

Book 1 of The Series

Nothing survived ‘The Breaking’ unchanged; lives and fortunes, love and hate, freedom and slavery …

It’s early 1860, and war hero Captain Nathaniel Chambers, commander U.S. Army Fort Davis in the west Texas wilderness, has received shocking news – his father is dead.  He must return home to Virginia and claim his inheritance before a maniacal neighbor can murder his widowed mother and seize the family plantation.

But he’s torn by a terrible dilemma – to stay in the army and turn his back on his fortune, his mother and his beloved childhood home, or become the thing he despises; a slave master!  Is there no other choice?

An epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster; the American Civil War.  Nathan Chambers has left the violent army life behind in Texas, never imaging he’s on the very Road to The Breaking.

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Road to the Breaking - Book 2

“How can I call myself a man of good conscience, when I myself am no better than a slaver?”

It’s summer 1860, and former army Captain Nathan Chambers has returned home to Virginia to claim his inheritance: a large plantation with more than one hundred slaves.  Nathan wants no part of slavery and intends to sell the farm and all its slaves.  But even as he arrives home, enduring fearful and downcast stares from despondent black faces, he knows what he must do … and the price he must pay for doing it.

As Nathan works to carry out his ambitious plans, he is troubled by rumors of secession and war, even as a villainous neighbor plots a violent end to their decades-long family feud.

And then Evelyn arrives … strikingly beautiful, spirited, and intriguing, she is the daughter of an old family friend.  But the more Nathan is drawn in by her charms, the harder she pushes him away …

The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War.  In Book 2 of the series, Nathan Chambers has returned from the violent army life out West, only to face a heart wrenching Enigma at home.

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Road to the Breaking - Book 3

“You dare call me traitor? It is you, sir, who is the traitor!  You and all your slaver ‘friends’ speak nothing but treasonous sedition …”

It’s spring 1861, and former army captain Nathan Chambers, is on unfamiliar ground; in the center of the swirling politics of the secession crisis, triggered by the election of an unknown Northerner, Abraham Lincoln.  While Nathan fights to keep Virginia in the Union, his enemies plot to take the state by force.  And when they do, they mean to trigger a war and murder their political rivals; especially one troublesome former army captain!
Meanwhile, Evelyn finds herself swept up in the intrigue of the Richmond upper class.  After rescuing a runaway slave, she’s been recruited to help the Underground Railroad.  But now her “handlers” want to use her beauty and charm as a weapon to spy for the Union in the coming war.  Will she risk Nathan’s love to seduce Southern leaders into giving up their secrets?

And even as Virginia’s secession looms, men from the western side of the mountains plot their own sedition; a split with Richmond to form a new state and fight for Mr. Lincoln!
The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War.  In Book 3 of the series, Nathan Chambers fights to keep Virginia in the Union as his enemies plot a violent Sedition.     

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Road to the Breaking - Book 4

“Tomorrow we march into battle, to conquer our enemies and kick open the door to freedom—or die trying.”

It’s late spring 1861, and former army captain Nathan Chambers has escaped his murderous enemies in Richmond only to find himself besieged in his own home.  As the secession threatens to break out in Civil War, local pro-Confederate militia surround Mountain Meadows intending to exterminate its treasonous guardians. But Nathan and his ex-soldiers from Texas are not easily intimidated. They prepare for battle with an unexpected ally; the black men of the farm have volunteered to join the fight!

Meanwhile, Evelyn is followed by government agents to her Underground Railroad hideout where they threaten murder and mayhem against the runaway slaves she is sheltering … unless she can find a way to stop them in time.


The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War.  In Book 4 of the series, Nathan Chambers’ enemies threaten to bury his peaceful western Virginia home in violence and drown it in blood unless he and his men can achieve an improbable Breakout.

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Road to the Breaking - Book 5

“I want it bloody, the bloodier the better. Teach these oath-breakers what happens to traitors and thieves.”

It’s summer 1861, and former army captain Nathan Chambers, has a burning desire to reenlist and throw himself into the fray against his secessionist enemies, who have taken his home and dragged the country into civil war. But he’s torn between a burning desire to fight for the Union, and an all-consuming need to help birth a new state: West Virginia. Even as he tries to walk a dangerous middle ground, he and his men are pulled into a brutal and deadly brother-against-brother guerrilla war threatening to engulf his new Northern home and derail the fledgling state.

And then Nathan learns his former neighbor and nemesis Elijah Walters has joined the rebel bushwhackers. Walters and his murderous gang are now within striking distance of the new Chambers’ family farm, so Nathan sends his best men, Stan and Billy, to track down the villain and finally bring him to justice.

The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, relentlessly driven into a deadly abyss: the American Civil War. In Book 5 of the series, Nathan Chambers faces a dangerous and elusive enemy, ruthlessly driving a brutal Insurrection.

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Road to the Breaking - Book 6

“They’re saying it’s the greatest shipborne invasion force ever assembled, gentlemen,” General McClellan said, then scowled, “Pray it shall be enough …”

It’s spring of 1862, and Union Major General George McClellan has just launched one of the largest amphibious invasions in history, landing 120,000 Union soldiers on the Virginia Peninsula. But Stonewall Jackson means to derail McClellan’s offensive by an invasion of his own, threatening the nation’s capital with his powerful, war-hardened army. And only Nathan Chambers, his men from Texas, and a rag-tag group of Union soldiers stand in Jackson’s way!

Then Evelyn Hanson’s spy network discovers the key to a Union victory—critical details about the Confederates’ war plans. Will she be able to reach the Union lines and persuade a wary general to believe her vital intel before it’s too late?

Nathan and Evelyn are on a desperate collision course with danger and chaos as Invasion threatens to engulf both warring capital cities!

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Road to the Breaking - Book 7

“We must make this a war for freedom,” the president said, “Gentlemen … I have decided … I will free the slaves!”

It’s summer of 1862, and the war is going badly for the North. President Abraham Lincoln must take bold action to save the Union and elevate the war effort onto higher ground: a fight to end slavery! But Lincoln’s efforts may come too late, as Robert E. Lee’s unstoppable Confederate army marches into the North.

Evelyn Hanson sets out to steal General Lee’s battle plans, but must once again place her vital intel into the untrustworthy hands of Union General George McClellan. Will McClellan finally achieve an elusive Union victory, or will his obsession with ruining the career of his hated rival, Nathaniel Chambers, distract him from his goal?

And in the midst of the chaos in the east, the Confederate army launches another major offensive into western Virginia's Kanawha Valley. Nathan Chambers, his men from Texas, and his battle-trained freemen are once again called upon to help thwart the rebel attack.

Nathan and Evelyn wage a thankless campaign against their enemies, and the Civil War reaches a new level of devastation as the horrific Battle of Antietam threatens to derail Lincoln’s plans for Emancipation.

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Road to the Breaking - Book 8

“Who are you …?” Nathan wondered aloud, as he gazed out at the approaching enemy. There was not supposed to be a Confederate force for hundreds of miles. And yet … someone was attacking his regiment … “Present arms ... Aim ... Fire!


It’s spring of 1863, and Nathan Chambers and his men from Texas have finally reported for duty with the Union Army, even as General Lee launches an all-out attack. Nathan and his men fight a desperate battle to hold back the rebel juggernaut, dug-in behind the sturdy walls of the Union fortress at Winchester. But Lee intends to annihilate these unexpectedly stubborn defenders before heading North for a showdown with Lincoln’s army at Gettysburg.

During the ensuing melee, several of Nathan’s trusted men become separated from the others and are captured by the enemy. But the horrendous rebel prison in Richmond is ill-prepared to deal with the resourceful veterans from the West, who plot a daring escape.

Meanwhile Evelyn Hanson is in the crosshairs of the Confederate Signal Corps’ anti-espionage unit, whose leaders are determined to take her down, and to murder her quietly when they do. And to ensure their success the Confederates have planted an agent of their own within Evelyn’s spy ring. Can she figure a way to turn the tables on them before it’s too late?

And thanks to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Tony and the freemen from Nathan’s farm have now joined the army, finding their reception unwelcoming. But they’re determined to prove their fighting prowess and to take their proper place in the forefront of the battle for freedom.

Nathan and Evelyn fall ever deeper into peril as the two warring factions clash at Gettysburg in an epic battle that could decide the entire War.

Road To The Breaking Series Continues . . .
Look for future volumes, including:
     Inferno (Road to the Breaking Book 9)
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