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The Bloody Ground (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 4)

The Bloody Ground (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Cornwell
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" The best so far in Cornwell's American Civil War series … The cacophony of the cornfield slaughter is stunningly conveyed" -- Daily Mail

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A superbly exciting novel which vividly captures the horror of the battlefield, The Bloody Ground is the fourth volume in the Starbuck Chronicles.

It is late summer 1862 and the Confederacy is invading the United States of America.

Nate Starbuck, a northern preacher’s son fighting for the rebel South, is given command of a punishment battalion – a despised unit of shirkers and cowards. His enemies expect it to be his downfall, as Starbuck must lead this ramshackle unit into a battle that will prove to be the bloodiest of the Civil War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2005 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (23 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9AR2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over before it Began 30 April 2007
'The Bloody Ground' is the last in the Starbuck chronicles and describes the events that saw the start of the South's retreat. Starbuck's numerous enemies have put him in charge of a group known as the Yellowlegs, due to their cowardness. Starbuck, along with his friend Lucifer, must fight against internal corruption as well as the Northern forces if they are to reach what was to become one of the bloodiest battles of the war in time.

I feel that 'The Bloody Ground' is a well written book that suffers from a couple of large problems. Firstly, the entire second half of the book describes a battle. As a fan of Cornwell I do like reading his battle scenes, but there was far too much here. Also this book was written in 1996 so we can safely assume that Cornwell has given up on writing any more Starbuck novels. However, rather than concluding Starbuck's career we are left with a hint of his future. I found this annoying and too open ended. Despite these flaws the rest of the book is pacey and exciting. It may not be up with the best of the Sharpe novels, but fans of Cornwell should check this out all the same.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 16 Dec 2006
I recently re-read The Bloody Ground, the last Starbuck novel before Cornwell abandoned the series to cash in on the tv popularity of Sharpe by reinventing & rehashing the series (is it really almost 10 years!).

I had almost forgotten how much I enjoyed the Starbuck novels....this one is full of twists & turns as we follow Nate & all the various colourful characters that all come to life in the pages of this great read.

If you like Historical fiction...give this series a go!

Shame on Bernard Cornwell for selling out and shafting fans of this series...Sharpe should have been left alone. If you read the original series as I did in the eighties, you won't recognise Sharpe in the new's Sean Bean!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 9 Jun 2009
This book lay on my shelf for a long time before I read it. Now, having read it, I wonder why?
It is a really good read and has fired my desire for more knowledge of the American civil war. I remember, as a youngster, singing 'John Brown's body' but not really understanding it. Part of the answer was provided by the book!
The first half of the book is written in a humorous manner, particularly when Starbuck comes to take his new command. I agree with previous reviewers, that the descriptions of the battle strategies in the latter part, although necessary, are too involved,
I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with General McLelland and liking him less and less. Maybe that is the authors intention.

I also agree with other reviewers frustration regarding Cornwell's last line 'Starbuck will ride again'. Not so far, but who knows??
Well written, exciting, interesting book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring 'im back. 23 Mar 2003
By gronow
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In spite of having rather repetitive plot-lines involving sinister types who hate our hero's insides and eventually fall by the way, these novels seem to improve as they go on. The characters, including the sinister, become more rounded. The battles are described with verve as you would expect from this author with not too much wallowing in gore. And yes you can read them at one sitting if you're not careful as they flow quite nicely. The running stories through the books are interesting and it's a great pity that the author seems to have tired of this series and they have petered out.
Perhaps you could give 'Sharpe' a rest Mr. Cornwell and have another crack at Captain Ahab?
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5.0 out of 5 stars More, more, more, please! 19 July 2014
By Nosher
Format:Kindle Edition
More blood and gore on the battle field. Superbly told hy the author. The reaction of the reviewers and readers lead you to ask why there were no more Starbucks stories. There is plenty of battles and years left for the stories to be told. His love life is never revealed, though the clues are there. Please, more, more, more. I can't get enough of these historical books about the American Civil Wars. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More! 30 Aug 2014
By Nigel
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More brilliant storytelling from the master of historical fiction. Just great descriptive narrative that puts you right there in the heat of battle in the bloodiest confrontation of the War of Northern Aggression. The worst thing about it is that the story remains unfinished. The ending demands more and 18 years on, Bernard Cornwell has no plans to conclude the tale so I feel somewhat cheated. I demand more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need more Starbuck 5 April 2014
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Superb historical fiction, capturing the period and as all good historic fiction should do makes you want to know more about the facts. I need more, forget more Sharpe, tell us what happens with Starbuck!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Be aware this series was never finished 18 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A great set of books about the American Civil War - but despite years of requests a series that has never neared completion. Purchase with the knowledge of subsequent disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have always enjoyed Bernard Cornwall's way of describing history in...
I have always enjoyed Bernard Cornwall's way of describing history in a novel form and have read all of his books this series is no exception a well written narrative which keeps... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved reading all the books just gutted they have finished where it did
Published 24 days ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bloody Ground Bernard Cornwell.
Good read as are all Cornwells books problem is it didn't take long for me to read it role on my next one.
Published 7 months ago by john malcolm kirton
5.0 out of 5 stars Exiting book
Very fast moving story.A fascinating insight into the horrors and destruction of human beings in a war that really should not have happened
Published 7 months ago by magpielady1
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
same as for battle flag, fast paced, exciting but very interesting, now I have to read a bit of history to find out more.
Published 7 months ago by Michael Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I enjoyed this novel more than the other three in the Starbuck Chronicles because I was enraptured by its pulsating script.
Published 8 months ago by caseyatche
4.0 out of 5 stars Wacky
Good strong book finishes well and completes a good series.
For readers who look for excitement with a military flavour
Published 8 months ago by Nojob
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series of books.
I read these stories in paperback. Loved the theme then. Now that I have my I-pad & kindle, I just knew I had to read the trilogy again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Redcap
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