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Publisher's Summary

Author Robert Olmstead's work has been called "brilliant and compelling" by the Chicago Tribune. Here, he takes us back to the Civil War. Robey Child, only 14, must go to the battlefield to bring his injured father home. Clad in a homemade uniform, gray on one side, blue on the other, and riding a powerful coal black horse, Robey sets out on a journey that will make him a man.
©2007 Robert Olmstead (P)2007 Recorded Books
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"A powerful, redemptive narrative." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Larry on 09-08-07

Coal Black Horse

Truly a Southern Gentleman's prose, bring your dictionary and thesaurus. Wordy, erudite and graphic text describing the mayhem of the Civil War battlefields and man's inhumanity to man. Not a pleasant or comfortable read but a good storyline. Not for children less than 16 or the faint of heart, or those with sensitive stomachs.

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By "unknown" on 06-11-12

Intriguing Literature!

What made the experience of listening to Coal Black Horse the most enjoyable?

The narrator's skill is wonderful; he captures the story in its' true form

What did you like best about this story?

The motif of the black horse was the best part

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the old guy whose face and hands come alive with crawly things-- OOOOOOOH! that was wonderfully described!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All the scenes that encompass the boy growing to manhood gripped me

Any additional comments?

This story is one of the most well written stories I have read in a long time--- well deserved any awards it received. I learned new words-- and how to use them. That is amazing as I am quite well-read across various genres.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to the continuation of the series!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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