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Mechanicsburg, PA — Sunbury Press, the trade publisher based in Pennsylvania, has released its list of top selling novels of all time:

  1. The Closer by Alan Mindell — R. A. Dickey was the first knuckleball pitcher to ever win a coveted Cy Young Award–despite spending most of his career in the minor leagues.  Terry Landers, also a knuckleballer, is Dickey`s fictional counterpart in The Closer.  The main difference, aside from winning the Cy Young, is that at age thirty-three, Terry has never played in the majors. Once he finally gets his chance, what follows is the heartwarming story of his impact both on the pitching mound and with a family in distress. “The Closer is an Award Winning book. Written with extraordinary compassion and deep attunement to the human psyche, Alan deftly defines the keys to a positive mind and winning the Game of Life. A book that is sure to change minds. Alan outlines the secrets to success pertinent in the life of each and every reader. Everyone wants to be a winner. From ‘Loser’ to ‘Closer’ – don’t put it down until you’ve reached the end!” — online reviewer.
  2. the 100th human by Chris Fenwick — December 2012 – The final day of the 5000 year old Mayan calendar nears. The world is in turmoil – as wars and international tensions continue. People everywhere seem lost in the complications of day to day struggles – poverty – misfortune – anger and greed. A small team of scientists have uncovered a riddle concerning this “End of Days”. As they reveal the symbolic meaning of the riddle, their serendipitous mission is discovered by the Ancient Fraternity of the Veni Victus – determined to thwart such revelations. These two powers – of good and evil – converge. Only the spirits of the ancients know the outcome. The 100th Human is a spiritual quest delving deeply into matters of physics, metaphysics, evolution and the human condition. Join Jack, Apu and Alana as they race against time searching for those who can assist in revealing the mystery of the ancient symbols – before time literally runs out. (THIS TITLE IS OUT OF PRINT)
  3. Winter of the Metal People by Dennis Herrick — The Untold Story of America’s First Indian War. The first named war between the Europeans and the Native Americans was the nearly forgotten Tiguex War, which Spaniards and their Mexican Indian allies fought in 1540-42 against the Pueblo Indians along the Rio Grande, between present-day Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico. This historical novel “Winter of the Metal People” presents the first account of the war written from the Puebloan point of view. It follows a young Pueblo warrior who reluctantly takes leadership of his people in a time of crisis, overcoming self-doubt to lead Puebloans in successful guerilla warfare against the Spaniards. Praise for Winter of the Metal People and author Dennis Herrick: “A riveting historical novel of immense scholarship and insight. Dennis Herrick makes the story of the first American Indians in the West to face the military might of European forces as vivid and real as if Coronado’s expedition had ridden out of Mexico yesterday. Winter of the Metal People will forever influence your perception of the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of the Southwest.”—Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer
  4. The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes — This breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense is set in the year 71 A.D. amid the exotic and vibrant streets of Ancient Rome. Macha, the strong-willed daughter of a legendary Celtic British king and wife of the Roman tribune, Titus, is the only one who can prove her husband innocent of treason, solve the murders of two slaves who possessed information that could have exonerated Titus, and ultimately save the life of the Roman Emperor Vespasian. Vivacious and iron-willed, Macha undertakes a dangerous journey and fight for her life to evade assassins through the city’s treacherous back alleys, notorious bath houses, and the awe-inspiring palaces of the Roman elite. With time running out to save her husband and the emperor from certain death, Macha can count on only two allies, the esteemed Senator Bassus-a family friend-and her faithful slave, a resolute and clever Moorish woman, Shafer. Arrayed against Macha and Titus are the wealthy and wicked Pollia, once scorned as a bride by Titus, and Falco, a military tribune and womanizer, who offers to be Macha’s protector once Titus is condemned and executed. Join Macha in her quest to exonerate her husband…and discover the real threat against the Emperor…
  5. The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel — WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF DEATH FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU? Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him.  A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill. With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment. But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.   COMING SOON AS A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Dead of Spring, Sherry Knowlton’s third installment of Alexa Williams thrillers.

About the Book:
When a beloved state senator plunges to his death at Alexa Williams’ feet in the Capitol Rotunda, the authorities suspect suicide. Although the powerful chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee was at the center of a controversial new bill to expand hydraulic fracturing, he was also rumored to be ill. Shaken, Alexa tries to move past the disturbing incident by concentrating on work. She’s leading a senate commission on sex trafficking. Plus, she’s helping an old college roommate sue a natural gas company for their role in causing her daughter’s rare cancer.

In researching the lawsuit, Alexa becomes embroiled in the high-stakes politics of fracking. As the relationship with her state trooper boyfriend drifts onto the rocks, Alexa is drawn to a charismatic state legislator who’s leading an anti-fracking crusade. Then, the police shock Alexa with the news that she could be in danger; she’s a witness to the senator’s murder, not his suicide.

When Alexa narrowly escapes a sniper’s bullet, she must discover why she’s a target―and who she can trust—before the next shot hits its mark.

With Sherry Knowlton’s trademark mix of feminism, history, romance, and fast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring skyrockets from the fracking fields of the Marcellus Shale to the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster of 1979 to the rolling hills of Tuscany to the halls of Pennsylvania state government. In this suspenseful tale of corruption and runaway greed, Alexa Williams proves, once again, that she’s a formidable heroine. The twists and turns keep will keep you on the edge of your seat.

What Others Are Saying:
DEAD OF SPRING combines legislative corruption with corporate greed that ends in deadly violence. Heroine Alexa Williams resists intimidation to battle evil at the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and commerce. Spurring her on is a love for the environment and for a friend whose daughter’s cancer is caused by fracking. Here is a spellbinding yarn jerked straight from today’s frightening headlines. — Kay Kendall, award-winning author of historical mysteries

About the Author:
Sherry Knowlton is the author of the Alexa Williams series of crime thrillers, Dead of Autumn and Dead of Summer. When not working on her health care consulting business or traveling around the world, Knowlton lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania.

Excerpt:
A subtle shift in light caught Alexa’s attention. Her eyes rose from the notebook as she sensed a whisper of motion in the open space above. She gasped as a body sailed through the air, careening toward the grand central staircase. For a moment, time stalled and the body appeared to drift in slow motion as it floated through the bright rotunda. But, as it neared their bench, the body seemed to pick up speed. Alexa watched, frozen in place with hand to her mouth in horror, as it hurtled closer and closer.

Then, with a tremendous crash, the body smashed into one of the tall winged statues that flanked the foot of the stairway, shattering a beaded crystal orb the angel held aloft. A spray of blood and glass beads spiraled in a shiny pink mist from the falling man as he bounced off the statue. Losing forward momentum, the body made an abrupt drop and slammed into the clay cobblestone floor.

Keisha’s shrieks muted the leaden thud of body hitting bricks. Recovering from her initial shock, Alexa leapt to her feet, scattering her coat, notebook, and papers to the floor. Slipping on crystal beads and uneven bricks, she rushed toward the motionless form that had landed less than ten feet away.

Dead of Spring
Authored by Sherry Knowlton
List Price: $19.95
Series: Alexa Williams
Paperback
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 22, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620068435
ISBN-13: 978-1620068434
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces

Video Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QluW5mfo09k&feature=s…

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Dead-of-Spring-978162006…

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released David Parmelee’s Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill, a humorous middle grade novella about an indispensable teacher.

About the Book:
When the beloved teacher of a “tough class” is out sick for a week, everyone must endure a succession of colorful substitutes. Each brings a lesson; all bring smiles.

“Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill” is a middle-grade chapter book that entertains.”

David Parmelee’s Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill began life as a series of little vignettes hidden in his fourth-grade daughter Andrea’s lunchbox to make her laugh at school. Discovering them many years later (his daughter is now completing her BA in film production design) he thought there might be a fun book in them. He wrote the story, which turned out to offer way more twists and turns than he thought (including a whirlwind tour through the U.S. medical system) and and asked illustrator Maria DeCerce to bring the 38 characters to life with her magical pen.

Miss Feesenschneezen is a really fun book for smart kids who like to read and have their own opinions about school. School is the place where young people, going about the work of deciding who they are, are taught by older people who have done that work long ago, but who usually have only a dim memory of  what it was like.  The worlds collide in a sometimes absurd and comical way. The very, very best teachers, like Miss Feesenschneezen, understand this.

About the Author:
David Parmelee is a father of four from Pennsylvania. An English Literature and Theatre student at Brown, he taught school briefly and now teaches adults, which is far more difficult, and CCD at his parish on Sundays. David is an actor and director in community theatre and is undertaking some playwriting. His first book is The Sea Is a Thief (Sunbury, 2013), a historical novel set on the island of Chincoteague during the Civil War. He also promises more of Miss Feesenschneezen. David loves bicycles and the cycling world, and truly does believe The Cannibal was the best rider of all time.

Excerpt:
“Miss Feesenschneezen is ill,” Principal Armstrong announced. It came as a surprise to us. She didn’t look ill yesterday, when she gave us our assignments for the chapter on Native Americans in her usual calm and quiet end-of-the day voice. She may have coughed once or twice.

She coughed quite a bit more when she called Principal Armstrong the next morning, and sounded like nothing so much as a duck. He could barely recognize her voice. In between wheezes, she explained that she sometimes came down with colds and touches of bronchitis as a girl back in Sullivan County, though this had hardly ever occurred since she moved east. She probably had the same thing again. Her mother used to give her a spoonful of cinnamon and honey, and wrap her throat with a piece of flannel from an old set of footie pajamas. On the flannel, she would drip ten careful drops of eucalyptus oil from a brown glass bottle. Her mother blamed the bronchitis on mold spores in the damp mountain air.

On this day, Miss Feesenschneezen called her family doctor, just to be on the safe side. He recommended she come into the office for a quick visit, even though it didn’t sound serious. His schedule was packed with patients, but he could squeeze her in around lunchtime. She was a patient he never minded seeing.

And so, Principal Armstrong explained, Miss Feesenschneezen would be out for the day.

“I will need everyone’s co-operation,” he continued.

Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill
Authored by David Parmelee, Illustrated by Maria DeCerce
List Price: $9.99
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
92 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068151
ISBN-10: 162006815X
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / School & Education
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Miss-Feesenschneezen-Is-…

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Wade Fowler’s The Honey Trap, the latest Rev Polk Mystery set in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Book:
Investigative reporter Revere Polk of the Daily Telegraph is stunned when Pennsylvania Governor Casey Lawrence, a liberal Democrat, suddenly reverses course and decides to back the privatization of the state lottery, a proposal of the far right.

When a colleague is murdered while investigating whether the governor is being blackmailed, Polk picks up the gauntlet. Catastrophes pile up like a chain-reaction accident on Interstate 95.

Polk narrowly survives a bomb targeting a topless dancer alleged to be sleeping with the governor.

His National Guard unit is called to service in Afghanistan.

And his live-in girl friend, New Cumberland Chief of Police Olivia Pearson, announces she is pregnant.

Meanwhile, Polk is paralyzed by the certainty that he is not alone within his own skin. His great granduncle, Jake Addison, speaks to him from within. Jake, a notorious and profane naval aviator, died forty years ago.

Is Rev crazy, or is he Jake Addison reincarnate?

The answer is ensnared in The Honey Trap.

About the Author:
Wade Fowler is a career journalist with more than thirty years of experience with daily and weekly newspapers. He was a copy editor, feature writer and beat reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years before leaving to become editor of the Perry County Times in New Bloomfield.

He has won Keystone Press Awards for investigative reporting, feature series writing, and headline writing and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Fowler is a native of North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
He and his wife, Sharon, live in New Cumberland, PA. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Excerpt:
2:30 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2012, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
“Why are you here?”
“Now there’s a deep question,” Revere Polk said. “I’ve asked God, and he hasn’t gotten back to me on that one yet.”
Henrietta Winslow laughed. “This is going to be fun.”
“What?”
“Cracking you open like a walnut.”
“I’m already cracked.”
She laughed again.
They were seated across from each other in comfortable armchairs positioned on the wide side of a five-by-seven foot faux oriental carpet, the centerpiece of a conversation nook in Dr. Winslow’s office.
“Talk to me,” she said.
“I’m dreaming.”
“Nothing unusual about that. In fact, it’s healthy.”
“These dreams aren’t. They belong to someone else.”
“What makes you think that?”
He shook his head. “It’s just when I wake up, it seems like I’ve been . . . I don’t know, violated somehow.”
“What wakes you up?”
Rev lied: “I don’t know.”
Winslow stroked her chin. “If you can’t be honest with me this intervention isn’t going to work. You’re at a crossroads here. Choose your path carefully.”
“That sounds like a warning.”
“Nope. Just friendly advice.”
Rev shuddered. “OK. Here it is. I’ve been having dreams of flying.”
“Like Icarus?”
Rev caught the allusion. “No. I’m not sprouting wings. I’m at the controls of an airplane—a PBY Catalina.”
“What’s that?”

The Honey Trap: A Rev Polk Mystery
Authored by Wade Fowler
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
306 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066812
ISBN-10: 1620066815
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Honey-Trap-978162006…

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam: My Year as a Black Scarf took the top spot. Embattled Freedom by Jim Remsen was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for March, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Memoir
2 12 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
3 33 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
4 15 American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
5 The Journey Called Life Christina Burns Memoir
6 14 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
7 5 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
8 49 The Sea is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
9 11 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
10 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Biography
11 9 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
12 Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
13 Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
14 Strange Magic Catherine Jordan, et al Short Stories
15 26 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
16 42 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
17 4 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
18 The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction
19 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 The Cogan Legend Robert Miller Historical Fiction
21 7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
22 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
23 Dying for Vengeance J M West Thriller Fiction
24 NEW Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee Middle Grade Fiction
25 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Thriller Fiction
26 Darkness at First Light J M West Thriller Fiction
27 NEW The Silent Woman Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
28 13 Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
29 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
30 NEW What Waits Beneath Thomas Malafarina Horror
31 Fireproof Moth Mile Thornberry History
32 16 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
33 18 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
34 History of Lykens Township Volume 1 Gratz Historical Society History
35 Skunks, Nuts, and Other Stories John L Moore Family History
36 H is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
37 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
38 50 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
39 31 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
40 38 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
41 39 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
42 30 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
43 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Current Affairs
44 2 Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor
45 21 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
46 41 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook True Crime
47 35 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
48 28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
49 The Devil’s Grasp Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano Fantasy
50 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction

Doug Beed’s Vietnam memoir Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam, was #1 due to advance sales leading up to its release in April. Jim Remsen’s history of heroism in a small Pennsylvania town Embattled Freedom continued to sell well since its release, taking #2 as Jim landed a television interview on PA Books. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring soared to #3 due to advance activity for this Earth Day release. Bill Morris’s memoir American Berserk took #4 due to bookstore sales. Christina Burns’ memoir The Journey Called Life was #5 thanks to author activities.

The company released three new titles in March:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for March, 2017
What Waits Beneath Thomas Malafarina Horror
American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
The Silent Woman Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

 

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released C James Gilbert’s A Second Revolution, the third book in the Langdon Trilogy about civil rights in America throughout history.

About the Book:
At the end of the Great War in November, 1918, Jim Langdon, of Langdon Plantation in Macon, Georgia, is preparing to continue his late father’s work for the full legal equality of Black Americans. Although slavery had been abolished fifty-two years earlier, constitutional rights and guaranteed protection under the law holds no meaning for black citizens.

With his wife, Elizabeth, by his side and Almighty God leading the way, Jim immerses himself in the civil rights movement with a dream of showing the nation that black or white, we are all brothers and sisters.

A long road with the possibility of so much to gain in the end is still a long road, especially when racism and hatred are waiting at every turn. As bloodshed stains the pages of what was written yesterday and the lynching of innocent humans goes unpunished, the Langdons stand fast in their quest to influence people, politics, and patriots to believe that, “All men are created equal”, cannot be defined as a discriminatory phrase.

As time goes by and generations of this Georgia family pass, the promise to carry on the fight passes also, with the hope that full legal equality is realized at the end of a second revolution.

About the Author:
C. James Gilbert, an author since November 2012, has done extensive research on the American Civil Rights Movement. A true supporter of human equality, Mr. Gilbert has completed a trilogy on the subject, titled, The Langdon Trilogy. Raised in the fifties and sixties, Mr. Gilbert witnessed the televised events during some of the most turbulent times in Black America’s struggle for equal rights. It is the memories of those times and his love of history that inspired his literary work.

A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Gilbert now lives in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, with his wife of thirty-five years. He works part-time as a residential electrician, continues writing, and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Excerpt:
Jim Langdon was having a very restless night to say the least; it was only five months since the deaths of his parents. As fate would have it, his mother and father both departed within a matter of hours of one another leaving a unique void in Jim’s life that almost nothing could fill.

As he lay in bed beside his sleeping wife, Elizabeth, and while he labored to lie still, his mind wandered; mostly through the past, a direction taken in league with the memory of his mother and father. He was the third generation to own Langdon Plantation, a twenty-five hundred acre cotton plantation located twenty miles south of Macon, Georgia.

But the plantation was not the only thing he inherited from his parents. He was given the belief that all people, regardless of race, are equal and should be treated as such. When Jim’s grandfather, John, owned the plantation, it was worked by slaves. That was when the change in Langdon family history first began. Jim’s father, James―also Jim’s real name―was very much against slavery, and rightfully so. It became a serious issue between Jim’s father and grandfather.

So Jim’s father decided to take matters into his own hands, leaving home when the Civil War broke out, but not to fight for the South as he had led his family to believe. Instead he began helping slaves escape to Canada, later joining the Union army and remaining in Union blue until the end of the war.

One thing Jim had learned in his lifetime: Racism is not inherent; it is taught, and the same is true of anti-racism. His father had been a very direct and permanent influence in his life; that is to say that Jim was a lot like his father. Many points of view were shared, especially that no man should have domain over another; slavery and discrimination were wrong.

A Second Revolution: An American Civil Rights Story
Authored by C James Gilbert
List Price: $19.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
340 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068281
ISBN-10: 1620068281
BISAC: Fiction / Historical / General

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/A-Second-Revolution-9781…

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley and Lawrence Knorr.This special volume highlights those individuals buried in Pennsylvania who contributed to the battle.

About the Book:
Biographies of famous people buried in Pennsylvabia who participated in the Battle of Gettysburg are the focus of this localized edition of Keystone Tombstones. Farrell and Farley have combed Pennsylvania to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting people buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

• John Burns
• Gettysburg National Cemetery
• Amos Humiston
• Ginnie Wade
• Andrew Gregg Curtin
• James Buchanan
• Simon Cameron
• John White Geary
• John Fulton Reynolds
• Thaddeus Stevens
• George Meade
• Samuel W Crawford
• Oliver B Knowles
• Herman Haupt
• Samuel K Zook
• Dennis O’Kane
• Winfield Scott Hancock
• Strong Vincent
• Alfred L Pearson

Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
122 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068328
ISBN-10: 162006832X
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Tombstones-Batt…

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