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The first book in Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series on the American Civil War.
It is summer 1861. The armies of North and South stand on the brink of America's civil war. Nathanial Starbuck, jilted by his girl and estranged from his family, arrives in the capital of the Confederate South, where he enlists in an elite regiment being raised by rich, eccentric Washington Faulconer.
Pledged to the Faulconer Legion, Starbuck becomes a northern boy fighting for the southern cause. But nothing can prepare him for the shocking violence to follow in the war which broke America in two.
©1993 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"A sure-fire bestseller" ( Financial Times)
"What Cornwell really likes is battles . . . you will be duly rewarded with the smell of quality cordite rising from the pages" ( Daily Telegraph)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Aramis on 05-11-15

Gripping

A gripping story told by the most excellent BC, the narrator is somewhat precise though which does detract from the story. 😕

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5 out of 5 stars
By kevin mackie on 02-01-18

Great story

I found this story fantastic. it Is well written and narrated with great voice changes for characters . Im looking forward to the next instalment of this series.

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