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The relative youth of main characters Paddy Quinn and Augustin Juvero is skillfully emphasized by voice actor William Dufris, whose expressive performance draws out very neatly their uncertainty in this period of complicated allegiances.
"Not only a striking (and often horrific) account of pre-Civil War army life, Quinn's narrative beautifully conveys the boy's coming of age against a backdrop of eerily familiar war and rebellion." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Sean on 07-07-13
Good story badly told
When I saw the title, I was excited to hear something about the St. Patrick Battalion that went over to Mexico. Yet, the story is so crudely told (lots of unnecessary details about sex and sex abuse that could easily be indicated in a more mature manner) that I gave up in the first chapter.
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By gmaczane on 03-15-13
Explosive Revelations! Real war from every angle.
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If you only ever read one story of war, it should be this well and uniquely crafted piece of historic fiction. This is the story of a war that the victors would prefer to forget or, failing that, to remember differently. It is written by a soldier-historian from the point of view of both sides. In short, war is hell but one side’s devil can be other guy’s saint. If, after reading this, you do not immediately check Google to determine if any or all of the events or players are accurately portrayed, it can only mean you do not have access to the internet.
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