War Bug

The latest novel by Henry G. Brinton

The United States is more fractured today than it has been since the Civil War. What hope do we have for the healing of our communities, shattered by a global pandemic and a toxic political environment? War Bug opens a window on the riverfront town of Occoquan, Virginia, and offers glimpses of social upheaval through chapters that alternate between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. In 1862, Quaker resident Ann Bagley fears that her sons will abandon their pacifism and join the newly-established Confederate army. Troops march through the town and shots are fired, enflaming secessionists and Unionists alike. Many pledge their support to the South and send their sons to fight, while others favor the North and take stands as abolitionists. In 2022, Harley Camden, the pastor of struggling Riverside Methodist Church, fears that civil war will return to Occoquan. Facing cultural and political polarization, he tries to care for his congregation and keep the peace, even as he lends a hand in the archaeological dig of a Quaker house with a mysterious grave. But when people begin to die in acts of brutal violence, he encounters an evil that is deeper than history and more deadly than partisan strife.

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Henry G. Brinton

Meet Henry G. Brinton

My college roommate brought a brochure home from his religion class, advertising the 1980 Duke Summer Semester in Israel. He decided not to go, but I jumped in — a decision that changed my life.
My love for the wisdom of the ancient world began that summer on an archaeological dig in the Galilee region of Israel. I realized then that all of the stories of the Bible were based on something real: Soil, water, stones, olives trees, coins, sheep, goats, flesh-and-blood human beings. Working on a team of Jews and Christians, I also felt drawn to the interfaith community and made the decision to return to college as a religion major.

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In case you missed it – City of Peace is still available. City of Peace is first in the series of Harley Camden.

Early Praise – War Bug

"Henry Brinton's War Bug tells the compassionate story of social justice disharmony in a modern Northern Virginia community juxtaposed by its past Civil War scars. The time traveling book serves as a cautionary tale for how fear infects minds and emotions, and how it is the faithful who are the fittest to survive. War Bug is infectious and a great read!"


author of Messianic Reveal

"Brinton tells a great, nuanced story full of meticulously-researched details, all of which paint a vivid and compelling word picture. It will hold your attention to the last line."


author of The Journal

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