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October 02 , 2009

The Gunner's Daughter: A historical satire


The Gunner’s Daughter is not an exposé of graphic blood and gore, but of the emotional torture people put themselves through to maintain their status and social position in society.

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It is against this contrast between ignorance and reason, brutality and mercy, that Blackburn’s faith will be tested and he will come to terms with the consequences of his dark past.

The book’s screenplay version also received a favorable review by Gordy Hoffman. He said, “The writing in this story was really strong. The dialogue was excellent – true to the period, unique for each character and intelligent. On the whole this was a very well-written story with some good characters and strong scenes.”

-Truly a historical satire that will draw you in, engage your intellect, and keep you entertained.

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