No explanations on plot are necessary with some 60 book reviews of `Cold Mountain' already posted and with a successful film released to a wide audience. This review is more of an endorsement of the brilliant writing style and structuring of the book. The film may not live up to the book, but it is little wonder that it was chosen for cinema production as author Charles Frazier excels at generating visual images - from gruesome barbarous battle scenes and murderous episodes to gratifying serene mountain landscapes and caring relationships. His graphic and evocative descriptions of people, events and situations create characters and atmosphere that appear real to readers and compel them to be concerned and to feel indignant at the stupidity and brutality of war and man's inherent cruelty, yet also to be sensitive to human strengths for survival and to appreciate the capacity for love and friendship. Skilful use of alternating chapters is adopted between the circumstances of the main protagonists with both kept distinctly separate and also cleverly interwoven as they converge to a haunting conclusion. As a major constituent for a book of fiction `Cold Mountain' has a good plot - but perhaps its greatest quality is its powerful prose.