1862 was the year that the US Civil War underwent a major ramping up. People on both sides of the fight were confused, angry, and hesitant. Most believed the 'war' would have already been over. Very few people realized to what extent the citizenry was being manipulated to participate in the country's most dividing event in its history.
In Longshot in Missouri, we meet Rob Finn - an Irish immigrant farmer living in Wisconsin - and follow him through his introduction to the grueling realities of war within a nation. Rob's unusual talents with a rifle have earned him the nickname of Longshot, together with assignments that take him to various places around the western theatre of the war. It is a physically taxing, emotional journey, on which he is sometimes surprised by the truths he learns while doing his job as a soldier and a spy.
We also meet Allan Pinkerton, thus gaining a little insight into what the beginnings of military intelligence for the United States government was like in its infancy.
Historical characters interact with our fictional hero; actual events are intertwined with the daily lives and conversations of people in those rapidly changing times. Join with Rob as he works to serve and save the things he believes to be of utmost importance, and struggles to sort out those beliefs - the true from the false - in a baffling environment.
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Historical and Appealing
I have the Kindle version but haven't yet read the ebook. After this listen I will soon though.
In my strange mind, the movie WITNESS with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. A man of the world of violence finds a brief respite in a (in this case, Shaker) simpler, peaceful community. Some readers may not see it, but... there it is.
There are several. The opening sequence where Finn is stalking a Confederate artillery officer to assassinate. The historical interplay between Finn and Allan Pinkerton (a figure I've always be drawn to learn more about). And the historical period of the U.S. Civil War as a backdrop.
Wish I could come up with something, sorry.
Mention of narrator A.W. Miller is needed . Great job with Irish Scottish accents. There are parts in the audio book going from straight narration to dialogue of various characters that are very well done. He added to the story with his performance.
Thank you for the enjoyable listen.
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1862 Civil War, a Sniper, Pinkertons & Shakers
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