This cover is just going through as I write this. The first sketch is below. Usually when you get an e-mail from a publisher stating that the author showed the sketch to some designer friends, you know your cover is in for a rough ride. In this case the suggestions really helped and made for a better cover. I had intended the cover to look like a typical recruiting poster from the period but that wasn't coming through enough in the first sketch. The choice between whether to fight or resist was also not being conveyed strongly enough.