The Compulsive Reader Review Says Glen Craney “Deserves Praise” For The Yanks Are Starving

Ruth Latta of The Compulsive Reader wrote in her review this week that “[I] know of no other fiction writer who has made this brave, tragic protest movement the main theme of a novel, until now. Glen Craney deserves praise for recognizing the significance and dramatic potential of the Bonus Army story and developing it in The Yanks are Starving.”

Ms. Latta’s full review of the historical novel can be found here.

Honored earlier this year by Foreword Reviews as a Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist, the novel tells the story of the charismatic hobo who lead twenty thousand desperate World War I veterans into the nation’s capital during the summer of 1932 to demand payment of their service compensation bonus.

The epic leads the reader across a memorable panorama of American history, from the Boxer Rebellion in China to the Plain of West Point, from the persecution of conscientious objectors to the horrors of the Marne, and from the Hoovervilles of the heartland to the pitiful Anacostia encampment in the bowels of the nation’s capital. It culminates with the shocking but little-known story of the political intrigue and government betrayal that culminated in the only pitched battle ever fought between two American armies under the same flag.

 Photo: Ruth Latta of The Compulsive Reader Review praises The Yanks Are Starving: ". . . I know of no other fiction writer who has made this brave, tragic protest movement the main theme of a novel, until now. Glen Craney deserves praise for recognizing the significance and dramatic potential of the Bonus Army story and developing it in The Yanks are Starving." http://www.compulsivereader.com/2015/01/24/a-review-of-the-yanks-are-starving-by-glen-craney/

The Spider and the Stone is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner

IndieBRAG, the highly-respected champion and arbiter of quality indie publishing, has honored Glen Craney’s The Spider and the Stone as its most recent winner of the coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion award.

IndieBrag judges are highly selective and must unanimously agree on a selection after conducting a months-long, rigorous assessment of submissions. Previous winners of the Medallion for historical fiction include such luminaries of the genre as Helen Hollick (managing editor of the Historical Novel Society), Steven McKay, Anna Belfrage, Derek Birks, Paula Lofting, Prue Batten, Katherine Ashe, and Jo Ann Butler.

Earlier this year, Foreword Reviews tabbed Craney’s novel about Scotland’s 14th-century wars of independence as a Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist.

Earlier reviews of the novel:

“The book is an interesting, well-crafted scenario … [Craney] has woven an interesting tale proposing that the crowning of Robert the Bruce occurred largely because of the help and sacrifice of James, Scotland’s Black Douglas and the love of his life, Isabelle MacDuff.” – Historical Novel Society

“The best book I’ve read this year.” — John Graham, seneschal of the Society of Creative Anachronism

“It was a marvelous book and I was moved to tears at the long and sad ending.” — Kathleen Ingram, Reading the Ages

“[A] memorable, well-researched, and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction! Great read that is highly recommended!” – Crystal Book Reviews

An atmospheric and heart wrenching depiction of a time of upheaval in Scotland.” — Caroline Wilson Writes

More about the B.R.A.G. Medallion selection can be found here.

Frida Arriaga’s Review of The Spider and the Stone