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Exciting and grittingly realistic
on 2 June 2012
I am quite a fan of Bernard Cornwell , one of the great historical novelists of today,. his books are both easy to read and difficult to put down, I have not yet read the Sharpe series, but have read the Saxon Chronicles, The first book in the Warlord Series, the Grailquest series, , Stonehenge, and the historical detective novel, Gallows Thief.
This book, the first in The Starbuck Chronicles did not disappoint. It is both grittingly realistic and exciting. It explains how Nathaniel Starbuck, the son of a fiery anti-slavery preacher, (who treated his own children no better than the slaves he championed)came to fight for the Confederacy It traces Starbuck's development from a less than confident seminary graduate to a crack soldier. It brings the American Civil War and the America of the time to life, focusing on characters from across the social spectrum.
Starbuck serves the father of his best friend, Washington Faulconer, a wealthy Virginian landowner who raises the Faulconer legion, various other friends and foes populate the novel including the antagonist Ethan Ridley, who Starbuck vows to murder following his cruel betrayal of the beautiful girl from a humble background Sally Truslow.
The narrative in interesting and it is a treat for every history buff and a vivid tale of men at war, with detailed and gory battle scenes