Jack W. Lewis

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Storm Coming
A novel of the Civil War in western Virginia

Jack W. Lewis. Most of my writing so far has been technical, focusing on feedback control, modeling engineering systems, and other related engineering subjects. However, I’ve also written on Civil War history and genealogy topics, which are special interests of mine.

About ten years ago, I made a commitment to my great-grandfather Alexander J. Swaney (or to his memory, I guess you would say) to write about his Civil War exploits as a cavalryman. I got sidetracked onto some other writing and educational projects around that time, but about two years ago I could feel him calling me to keep that commitment. Alexander served in the Union cavalry from 1861 to 1864 and was an orderly for General John Buford, famous for choosing and holding the high ground at Gettysburg on the first day of the 3-day battle that most historians believe was the turning point of the Civil War. As I started my research, I assumed that Alexander’s book would be nonfiction, like everything else I’ve written, and would focus mostly on Gettysburg, the high point of his Civil War service. But as I got further into it, a larger story began to emerge and it became obvious that this work should be a novel—in fact, a trilogy of three novels in order to tell the whole story!

So, I've laid aside my technical writing for the time being to try my hand at writing fiction. I've attempted to create a historically accurate work that allows the reader to get into the minds of the characters, listen to what they have to say, and feel the emotions they experienced during a turbulent time of our nation's history. I’ve spent countless hours researching and almost two years writing and rewriting the first volume of the trilogy Children of the Storm, called Storm Coming: A novel of the Civil War in western Virginia.

My research began out of my own ignorance, trying to answer the question: Why would a 21-year-old farm boy living in Smithfield, Pennsylvania, join the First Virginia Cavalry Regiment? Virginia had seceded from the Union. Was he going to fight for the South? Well, the answer led me to the discovery of an amazing true story about the formation of the state of West Virginia. It's a story that few Americans know about. That's a shame, because it's a story of how a democracy works and it's one I think all Americans should know and understand. This is the story I've tried to tell in Storm Coming. I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I did writing it.

You’ll find detailed information about all my books on this website, and I still plan to get back to writing more of the engineering books, once Alexander’s story is told. I’m presently working on the second volume of the trilogy, Caught in a Storm. It will be available in 2018.

My Books
 

Storm Coming Cover The book is available at:

Createspace in Print Book format.
Price: $15.95
Amazon in Print Book format.
Price: $15.95

Amazon in Kindle eBook format.
Price: $9.99
Apple iBookstore in iBooks format.
Price: $9.99p
Barnes & Noble in Nook ePUB format.
Price: $9.99
Kobo in Kobo ePUB format.
Price: $9.99



A History of Joseph Paul Lewis Cover The book is available at:

Amazon in Kindle ebook format.
Price: $4.99













Math on Kindle Cover The book is available at:

Amazon in Kindle format.
Price: $0.00 (Kindle Unlimited), $2.99











Math on Kindle Cover The book is available at:

Amazon in Kindle format.
Price: $2.99













Feedback Control Systems Demystified Cover The book is available at:

Amazon in Kindle format.
Price: $9.99

Apple iBookstore in iBooks format.
Price: $9.99












Modeling Engineering Systems Cover The book is available at:

Amazon in Kindle format.
Price: $9.99

Apple iBookstore in ePUB format.
Price: $9.99