About the Books
About the Books
The date is April 7, AD 30. Centurion Cornelius is crucifying a little-known religious leader and two thieves. Suddenly, an earthquake occurs. Cornelius is thrown to the ground and hits his head. When he arises, he proclaims, “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”
What if you could interview Centurion Cornelius and record his life story? Lucinius, a slave, is assigned this task by his harsh master.
What Lucinius learns from Cornelius will forever change him and alter the course of history of Rome . . . and of the world.
Join Lucinius as he journeys beside Cornelius throughout the length and breadth of the ancient Roman Empire.
Walk the Roman highways and sail the ancient Mediterranean. See how early Christianity unfolded through the eyes of a witness and meet the disciples Peter and Paul.
Caledonia A Song of Scotland
Caledonia: A Song of Scotland is William D. McEachern’s second historical novel and is the epic tale of Scotland’s struggle to become an independent nation.
In the process, the story of Scotland is revealed in its people—the Picts, the Irish missionaries, the Norsemen, and the Highland clans. All the natural beauty and wonder that are Scotland are captured for the reader’s enjoyment—from the wind-swept Isle of Skye through the Highlands with its towering bens, riven with numerous waterfalls, across the moors, purple with heather, and dotted with sheep and the lowing, ruddy Highland cattle to the reflecting waters of the Lochs, some mysterious and mist-laden, like Loch Ness, or picturesque, like Loch Lomond.
Told from the viewpoint of one clan—the MacDonalds of Clanranald—the reader is swept along through the major events in the history of Scotland: from the writing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, through the Massacre at Glencoe by the Campbells—the MacDonalds’ greatest enemy—to the Jacobite uprising of 1745 under Bonnie Prince Charlie, to the decisive defeat at Battle of Culloden and the bloody Highland Clearances under William, duke of Cumberland.
Caledonia acquaints the reader with why it is so deeply ingrained in Scotland’s national psyche to fight for freedom, both political and religious.
Caledonia is the first novel in the series that tells the story of the Scots, not only in Scotland but also in America.
New Caledonia A Song of America
Finalist for the Book of Excellence Award 2017 for Historical Fiction
New Caledonia: A Song of America is William D. McEachern’s third historical novel and the second in the Caledonia series.
The first, Caledonia: A Song of Scotland, told the story of James MacEachern fighting for Bonnie Prince Charlie. New Caledonia continues the epic tale of James as he emigrates from Scotland in 1750, fleeing the duke of Cumberland’s murderous intent. Sailing to America, he walks the Great Wagon Trail from Philadelphia to Winchester where he meets Danny Morgan. They become partners, hauling freight, forming a lifelong friendship.
There, James yearns to be reunited with his wife Jean Ann and his son, Daniel. As wagon teamsters for General Braddock’s Army, they fight against the French and Indians in the Battle of the Monongahela. Is Capt. David Campbell, the man who whipped Daniel Morgan, also the rapist and murderer of Jean Ann?
After suffering that grand defeat, James, weary of war, migrates to join his fellow Scots and Scot-Irish in the Waxhaws region of South Carolina. As the years go by, the dark clouds of war gather again. The British besiege and capture Charles Town. Banastre Tarleton, Christian Huck, Patrick Ferguson, and David Campbell—ruthless men of the British Legion—are unleashed by Generals Clinton and Cornwallis to ravage the South.
With a decree that all must either fight for the Crown or be considered outlaws, James faces the decision all Patriots must confront. Pressuring him further to make the decision to join the Patriots comes from his best friend and now general, Daniel Morgan, the commander of the Flying Wing of Gen. Nathanael Greene’s rebel army. Finally, James has a deadly score to settle with David Campbell. Who will survive?
Caledonia Lost The Fall of the Confederacy
Finalist for the Book of Excellence Award 2018 for Historical Fiction, Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy tells an epic tale of young Confederate soldier James Augustus McEachern during the Siege of Petersburg. He manned the trenches of Petersburg during the siege and fall of Petersburg, leading to the Appomattox Campaign near the conclusion of the American Civil War.
James Augustus McEachern retells his experiences of the Civil War through letters he wrote to his wife.
He recounts the days of joining the militia; being seriously wounded in the Battle of Seven Pines; and his exploits in the battles of Antietam, Second Manassas, and the siege of Chattanooga.
Caledonia Lost is a compelling narrative of a Confederate soldier’s sacrifices during the American Civil War—sacrifices made for his family, his comrades, and for his beloved South Carolina.