For dedicated family historians, the fruits of their labor often take the form of scrapbooks or carefully penned family trees, lovingly passed down through the generations. For Sawyers, honoring the memories of his ascendant required no less than a masterpiece of a book. Letters, previously released under the title No Point in Dying Now, is the author's debut novel, yet Sawyers writes with a confidence that any first-time author would envy. While his robust, yet polished style may be attributable to his background as a professor of creative writing, the fact that he is writing about his ascendant certainly lends itself to his well-developed characters and knowledge of the time period.
The author is the great-great nephew of James A. Durrett, Company E of the 18th Alabama Infantry, Confederate States of America (CSA). This story follows Durrett as a young, impressionable new recruit living through the horrors of America's bloodiest conflict. Durrett's experiences as a soldier of the South are complemented by the story of Harry Morgan of the Union's Ohio 96th Regiment. Morgan maintains a reputation as a ruthless sniper with an accurate eye—a deadly combination.