Tree Soldier by J.L.Oakley – Historical Fiction

2017-09-15T14:08:05+00:00 By |

In this action-packed, emotionally charged historical novel titled Tree Soldier, J.L. Oakley takes us back to the era of the Great Depression. With millions of Americans unemployed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt devised a New Deal work relief program called the Civilian Conservation Corps. Some three million unmarried young men went to work in CCC camps across America—building roads and bridges, establishing flood control, and replanting depleted forests. Of the men's $30 monthly paychecks, $25 was sent to help their desperately poor families. Oakley skillfully weaves this history into a suspense building story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. The story commences with the arrival in 1935 of a new squad of "Tree Soldiers" at Camp Kulshan, a CCC forestry camp in the rugged North Cascades, near the little village of Frazier, Washington. While most of the new recruits are sort of rough teenagers from urban New Jersey and New York, our protagonist is a college student who left school and his farm home in eastern Pennsylvania to join up.  The strong and handsome John Parker Hardesty has more than a paycheck on his mind, however. The pensive young man, who sometimes seeks solitude in the forest, is trying to escape his nightmare memories of two tragic events in his life. His fellow recruits nonetheless respect the polite, clean-cut, Park who can also hold his own in the physically competitive proving ground environment of camp life. Many of the new recruits seek out his company, especially a wiry, 18-year-old [...]

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