Does life have only one beginning and one end?

Blindsided by fireworks that trigger a vivid flashback, sixty -year-old Dan Bryant can’t shake the vision of him wearing Confederate gray at the Battle of Gettysburg. As new memories surface, this lifelong Northerner realizes he’s remembering himself as nineteen-year-old Joshua Park of the Alabama Thirteenth regiment who left the love of his life and fought in the battle in 1863. Before leaving, he and his love, Becky, had promised they would be reunited in a future life.


Is Joshua’s future life now Dan’s life? Why has Joshua chosen Dan? And why now at age sixty? As Dan seeks to make sense of the memories that will not leave him alone, he draws his family into his obsession, straining to the breaking point an already delicate tie with his forty-year-young wife, Mary Jo, who has no desire to share her husband with a Beck from the past.
Can Dan discover the reason why he has become Joshua Park without destroying his marriage, his family, and his own sanity?

Meet Richard Strack

Richard Nicholas Strack is a former high school English and Philosophy teacher. He currently writes sports, features, and a weekly column for the Times – News in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Richard has also written two one – act plays that have been produced and performed at a community theater. In addition, he is an assistant coach for the Lehigh Valley Iron Colts Baseball Club, a 12U travel team in which his son is a team member. Richard lives in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania with his wife, Stacie, his son, Richard and his daughter, Sadie.


Floyd Largent - Reviewer and Historian

“Upon a Field of Gold” is a compelling story about a man trying to reconcile his two lives without losing his current life to his past one. Heartwarming and chilling by turns, it’s even more captivating because it’s based upon a true story.”

Chad Cuvo - Reviewer

“Read this book on my kindle. Absolutely loved the story!!! Couldn’t put it down. A great mixture of history, spiritual awareness, and creativity. 5 stars!!!”

Tracy Ng - Former Student

“Just finished my (one of my) favorite high school teacher, Mr. RichardStrack’s novel “Upon a Field of Gold.” Mr. Strack, I throughly enjoy this very spiritual and thoughtful and tearful novel. Wow. Like I commented before, knowing your life story and reading this made this extra special and wow I have to applaud you and your wife’s hilarious conversations! And also the southern accent was pretty spot on, took me back to reading out loud “Huckleberry Finn” in junior year English!!!”

Robert & Dorris Horwath - Customers

“Got your signed book a couple days ago. Dorrie and I both read it and had to finish it in one night because we could not put it down. You are a great writer and we both wish you and yours a Happy Easter.”