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A powerful and evocative story of the Civil War's first battle and the men who fought it. When Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches young Nate Starbuck from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, Nate is both grateful and awed by his idealistic rescuer. Turning his back forever on the life he left in Boston, Nate agrees to join the newly formed Faulconer's Legion, even though it means fighting against his native North.
But Nate's dilemma is only one of many within the Legion. Faulconer's own son cannot bring himself to fight, while his daughter's cheating fiance plots for control of the family fortune. As they come together to march into battle, the men are prepared to start a war...but they aren't ready for how they, and the nation, will be forever changed by the oaths they have sworn for their beloved South.
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By Dan's Gal Sal on 09-11-04

Great Historical Fiction

I am impressed with Bernard Cornwell's Civil War Novel. He has created a wonderful set of characters: lost seminary student Nate, eccentric Thaddeus Bird, war-torn, confused Adam and many other compelling people. Even though I knew the end of the story -- big spoiler: the North wins! -- I was still listening intently to find out the fate of these characters that Cornwell had made so real for me.
Tom Parker reads the story with great tones, emphasis and emotion. The excitement, sorrow or glory of the scenes are personified by Parker's reading.
The battle scenes are very detailed, vivid, the text teeming with realism. You can feel the texture of the cannons and hear the sounds of the rifles with Cornwell's words.
From what I've read, Cornwell is very accurate in his chronology and descriptions of the events. There is a lot to be learned from the book while it is still enjoyable listening. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good read (or listen!).

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By Welsh on 08-08-04


The author demonstrates a great knowledge of the Civil War, including its events, the personalities of the key figures, the details of the armaments and equipment, while weaving an extremely enjoyable tale. As a student of the War Between the States, I found the novel quite entertaining, as I am sure it would be for someone with less interest in the war.

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By James on 06-05-07

Another hero for Cornwell

This superb novel is indicative of Cornwells work. Rebel charts the life of Nate, a Boston Northerner living in a steadfast Southern Virginia, in the months leading upto the American Civil War and the first Battle. This son of a Preacher embroils himself in theivery, whores and murder. Enemies abound, but friends are found in the most unlikly places. If you are a Cornwell fan then this is a must read/listen. It is easy to 'get into' and ne'er impossible to switch off.I WILL be getting the next 2 chronicles next month.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-06-10


A masterful story from the pen of the master.

The listener is taken back to the Confederate state of Virginia just prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War and joins in the excitement and spirit of adventure experienced by those volunteers and small farmers who joined up to defend the Confederacy and the rights of the Southern States.
The final chapters of the book vividly describe the first battle of Bull Run, the waste and destruction of battle and the indignity of death.

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