WR Benton discusses the reason he wrote the Fall of America Series and why he is worried about our nation. Watch and see if you share some of his concerns.
Coming in spring of 2016, "Fall of America #5, Fallout!
This is the story of what happens when a group of toughs rape and kill a preacher's wife, along with his seven children. When traveling Baptist preacher Lew Stuart returns home after being away for a month spreading the word of God, he discovers his wife, four boys and three girls dead —killed by unknown men. The local law has no idea who has committed this terrible crime and they don't seem to be doing much about it, either. His livestock killed, his home gone, and his reason for living missing, he is at the lowest point in his life. Even during four years of fighting for a lost cause in the War of Northern aggression, which turned him into a man of God, he'd never fallen so low. All that remained after twenty years of back breaking work was eight freshly dug graves, and the smoking remains of his home. Angered and saddened to the point that insanity was welcome, he turned to whiskey until his money ran out. Lew knew he needed to eventually discuss his life and future with the Lord, but it would have to wait; he had some serious thinking to do first.
He also learns, over time, killing for revenge will not bring his family back, nor will it squash the deep pain in his heart from the loss of all he'd ever really loved —his family.
Missouri isn't the place Corporal James Thomas remembers from before the Civil War. Deserters and thieves abound making life for his aging parents and neighbors harsh, and in too many cases, brutishly short. In the young Corporal's case a serious head injury leaves him with bouts of epilepsy, the unfriendly reminder of his years with the Confederate Army.
James is torn, should he hold fast to his former way of life and fight for his Missouri town, or give into the desire of escaping the past and moving out west. Eventually, James can't hide from his dreams any longer. Accompanied by his new wife and a few other friends looking for low-cost land on the western frontiers, they picks up stakes to start out for a new life in Montana.
Indian trouble and the rigors of prairie life challenge the new settler's courage. Their task is rough and the trail is difficult, but through it all James keeps alive his mission of living his way...in a wild Montana.