Not One Among Them Whole

It is the summer of 1863 and everything is about to change. Everything. Forever.

The flies. The blood. The soldiers. The wounds. The surgeons. The undertakers.

The insanity.

The greatest battle ever fought on American soil is in full tilt. Southern Pennsylvania has become one great grinding stone and thousands of men are dead or dying in its wake. In this tilted landscape, reputations are made, careers are ruined, and men are driven to the brink in the wake of two armies intent on killing one another. What happens next amid the carnage and human flotsam will be unholy, unnerving, and all but unbearable, with only one thing certain: nobody will escape unscathed.

Introducing an audacious historical novel told from the viewpoint of the surgeons struggling amid the chaos and carnage of a battlefield hospital at Gettysburg in 1863.


Not One Among Them Whole by Edison McDaniels

It's the summer of 1863 and hell is in session.

Book 1 of The Gettysburg Trilogy

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About the Book

This is the story of a world laid bare, of an insane time.

It is July, 1863. In the heat of summer the land is a killing ground over which two armies have recently spilled blood. The Civil War is both two years done and has two years remaining; long enough on both accounts for good men to know what has been, and what is coming. Into this shattered humanity come a group of disparate souls:

Ezra Coffin, a severely wounded Union soldier, who has never seen his infant son, and perhaps never will…

Major Tom Jersey, a Confederate officer who awakens terribly mangled in the aftermath of combat…

Major Solomon Hardy, Chief Union Surgeon, who stands at the tables until his health fails—then watches over his own dying son…

Major Josiah Boyd, a gifted surgeon whose sanity falls far short of his skill with a knife…

Captain Tobias Ellis, whose courage under fire makes him a hero—or perhaps not…

Liza Coffin, who isn’t eighteen, but already has been a homeless orphan, a mother, and perhaps now a widow too…

Jupiter Jones, showman extraordinaire, itinerant undertaker, and reader of the dead. Is he the real thing, or a flimflam artist on the take…

And finally Cuuda Monk, a teenage boy and former slave, alive today only because his father had the courage to bury him when the end came. His visions of the boy with the creel may make him the sanest man in the land—and just may be the means to all their salvation…

In the wreckage of one of the greatest battles ever fought comes the story of a strange and blighted land, where the price of a man’s life is less than the shoes on his feet. It is a land strewn with thousands of broken men, where the dead animals lay thick as the meadow grass, the water is poison, and the hospitals are the last place a wounded man can rest.

For as far as the eye can see the earth is awash with soldiers, and not a one among them whole.

Series: The Gettysburg Trilogy, Book 1
Genres: Historical Fiction, Suspense
Tags: from the mind of Edison McDaniels, Recommended Books, Tense medical drama, Written & Read by EPM
Publisher: Northampton House Press
Publication Year: 2013
Format: eBook
Length: novel
ISBN: 9781482505160
List Price: 12.95
eBook Price: 4.99
...Surgeons, freed slaves, embalmers and citizens all play a part in this story, giving it a sense of grounding and even normalcy in a very traumatic and far from normal time. There are some fairly gruesome scenes: medical procedures are detailed and described in ways that shock our modern sensibilities and beliefs. Surgeons working while nearly asleep on their feet as they try to save one more, when the dirt, the lack of sterile fields, sheer volume of wounded and the weather all conspired against that goal. Not surprising to me was the despair often felt by the surgeons, the small glimpses into their lives pre-battle; and the dichotomy that rages within some as they battle the demons of doubt and hopelessness to keep moving forward...
NOT ONE AMONG THEM WHOLE gave me an entirely new appreciation for what everyone went through in the United States Civil War. From the soldiers to the surgeons to the surgeons' assistants to the freed slaves to the people who lived in the areas surrounding the battlefields - not a single person is left whole. McDaniels brings his knowledge as a a surgeon to the battlefield, giving us gory, realistic and matter-of-fact descriptions of the injuries and decisions. This expertise brings life to a book that is really about death. I liked that I learned a lot about the Civil War while reading this book; in fact, my husband and I are planning to revisit Gettysburg this summer because of this book. My only quibble is that it was difficult to keep the characters straight sometimes. Definitely a must-read for any fan of American history.
"Edison McDaniels is an amazingly talented writer…"
– Taylor Polites, author of The Rebel Wife
"Heart breaking, engaging, and absolutely fantastic. I would give this book 6 stars if I could."
– Darrin Buxman, one of Amazon's top book reviewers
"A vivid, engrossing story of battle…a compelling read, largely because of the skill with which McDaniels unfolds his characters’ stories."
– Brid Nowlan, reviewing Not One Among Them Whole for IndieReader
"This book blew me away…a really engaging book."
– Dr. Babus Ahmed, Amazon VINE™ VOICE, reviewing Not One Among Them Whole
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About the Author
Edison McDaniels

A brain surgeon with 20+ years and over 8,000 cases under his belt, Edison McDaniels spends as much time as possible writing fiction these days. He is the author of the acclaimed TALES OF THE BLOODY SCALPEL series of medical thrillers, as well as the THE GETTYSBURG TRILOGY, a series of intense novels depicting the battlefield surgeons at Gettysburg.
He lives in the upper midwest, does not have a dog, but can often be found at Minnesota Twins baseball games. He is not squeamish.