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JAMES H. KELLY

"Stories from History that Capture the Imagination"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author James H. Kelly was born in Rhode Island and served with the Department of Defense for 45 years. His active military service spans 27 years with the United States Army, retiring in 1998 as a Lieutenant Colonel. An Analyst and Program Manager, Division Manager, and Department Manager for CAS, Incorporated, and Computer Sciences Corporation, he continued to support the Department of Defense as a member of the Joint Staff.

James entered government service in 2004, serving in a series of assignments: first, as a Deputy Division Chief on the staff of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; second, as the Deputy Director, Competitive Strategies Group, for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Office of the Secretary of Defense, leading both cultural and technical red teaming efforts to counter IED; and finally, in 2010, as senior adviser support to the Director, JIEDDO, as the Deputy Chief of the Director’s Strategy Group.
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THESE SACRED LANDS:

A Novel (“I am a Soldier, First and Always”)

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I am a Soldier, First and Always

The Distinguished Career of Winfield Scott Hancock Volume I: Rebellion

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I am a Soldier, First and Always

The Distinguished Career of Winfield Scott Hancock Volume II: Turning Point

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“ James Harold Kelly steps the reader back into history…and an excellent job in revealing the themes throughout the storyline. It is a very worthy read.”

“These Sacred Lands receives five stars from the historical fiction Company and the Highly Recommended award.”

“I rate this book four out of four stars because it was intriguing. It was well-researched and gave me a deep insight into how life was during the period.”

“Good character development. Exceptionally well editied.”

“Excellent editing coupled with a captivating narration that I award this novel a perfect four out of four stars. "

“There is nothing I dislike about this book…I enjoyed every aspect. The author did a good job of using Mackenzie’s story to narrate the events of the Sioux. I rate this book four out of four stars. Captivating stroyline! Recommended to lovers of historical fiction and adventure.”

5.0 out of 5 stars. A strong insight into one of the great US leaders of the 19th century The book is extremely well written. It provides both military aspects of Hancock’s youth, time at West Point and as a young military officer as well as personal insights with family and friends. Mr. Kelly does an excellent job of providing insights into the person of Hancock. I was not familiar with the Mexican War and the book gave a good background. WELL DONE!!

4.0 out of 5 stars. Accuracy and awareness of author Absolutely, good read. The author made the reader aware of the time, the characters, as well as the historic times. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in American history and heroes.

4.0 out of 5 stars. Accuracy and awareness of author Absolutely, good read. The author made the reader aware of the time, the characters, as well as the historic times. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in American history and heroes.

5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier “First and Always “ Excellent book for all interested in Civil War history and the amazingly interesting people involved in the conflict. Hancock’s life is exquisitely documented.

5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown insights revealed Interesting insights and easy to read. A must read for all historical enthusiasts.

5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Moments Make Great Men “I AM A SOLDIER, FIRST, AND ALWAYS” THE DISTINGUISHED CAREER OF WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK: TURNING POINT by James Kelly is a well written book about the career of General Winfield Hancock. This is the second of two books covering the War in Pennsylvania, the overland battles, and the war with the Plains Indians. If the reader loves history and specifically the Civil War, there is much to love about his book. General Hancock distinguished himself not only at Gettysburg, which was a true turning point in his career, but also in the campaign overland. This would land him assignments in the war against the Plains Indians and then an assignment to help with Reconstruction in the south. His popularity was such that the Democrats ran him for President which he barely lost to President Garfield.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of work Hancock's times come alive, the background and the details are balanced. The characters are well portrayed and the action is accurate, while Hancock's story has depth and shows the man and his perspective so well. In this setting, a chapter of American history is made quite real to the readers, sweeping them along with the journey through America's most trying time. Friend against friend, family against family, blood at a fast pace. Hancock's role has never been so explicitly illustrated, and his love of country still stands tall.

"These Sacred Lands" by James Harold Kelly, the second volume in the "I am a Soldier, First and Always" series, effortlessly stands alone as a captivating novel set in the American West. Historical fiction enthusiasts are in for a treat as the narrative transports readers to the late 1800s, offering a detailed account of the Great Sioux War and the clashes for territorial dominance. Exceptional historical accuracy is a standout feature, with the inclusion of detailed maps of the Northern Plains, allowing readers to visualize the names and places integral to the narrative. The author's military background shines through, effectively capturing the emotions and struggles of both the Lakota people and white settlers. The spirit of unity among tribes during this transformational period is skillfully conveyed, fostering a deep connection between readers and characters. Meticulously edited and flawlessly crafted. "These Sacred Lands" skillfully integrates historical facts into its narrative, earning a commendable 3 out of 4 stars.

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I hope you’ve had a joyous holiday season. There were many good things that transpired throughout the previous year. I look forward to 2024 and embark on the next writing effort. A round of applause for 2023, gone but not forgotten.

There were many good things during the last year, but I have to admit, this constant review and editing of this latest novel, “Tremaine,” was painstakingly done over the last two weeks.

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“I am a Soldier, First and Always” Kelly is a retired US Army officer and Defense executive with over 45 years of service in the Department of Defense. He is the former editor of a quarterly periodical, The Joint Air Land Bulletin, and the author of a historical fiction series entitled I am a Soldier, First and Always.
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