Russell Dole’s book, In Search of Honor – Rockland to Round Top – is a work of fiction, but it seems so real that I had to check with the publisher, North Country Press, and ask if the recollections of Benjamin Dean, the narrator, were real.
Boy, the story seemed very real to me. But it turns out that Dean was not a real person. Dole did a superb job of researching the 1800s and writing a narrative that takes us right back there.
Dean’s story begins with the death of Joshua Chamberlain, Maine’s Civil War Hero, in 1914. We are taken back to the mid 1800s when Dean first meets Chamberlain, who became his mentor. There’s a lot about Dean’s family living in Rockland, and I especially enjoyed the section of the book about the family’s time in the north woods and Moosehead Lake.
The book ends with a tragedy at Ripogenus Gorge, a place where I love to fish. If I ever get back there, this story will be on my mind, for sure.
Dole is a retired history teacher from Rockland who now lives in Portland.
And here’s some really good news. This is Book One, with more coming. I can’t wait for the next one!