Last Flag Down

  • by John Baldwin, Ron Powers
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the Confederacy felt itself slipping beneath the Union juggernaut in late 1864, the South launched a desperate counteroffensive to force a standoff. Its secret weapon? A state-of-the-art raiding ship whose mission was to sink the U.S. merchant fleet. The raider's name was Shenandoah, and her executive officer was Conway Whittle, a 24-year-old warrior. Whittle would share command with a dark and brooding veteran of the seas, Captain James Waddell, and together with their crew, they would spend nearly a year destroying dozens of Union ships, all while continually dodging the enemy. Then, in August of 1865, a British ship revealed the shocking truth to the men of Shenandoah: the war had been over for months, and they were now being hunted as pirates. What ensued was an incredible 15,000-mile journey to the one place the crew hoped to find sanctuary, only to discover that their fate would depend on how they answered a single question. Wondrously evocative, Last Flag Down is a riveting story of courage, nobility, and rare comradeship forged in the quest to achieve the impossible.

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What the Critics Say

"Baldwin and Powers recount their tale in a lively, evocative style and may be forgiven for being overly fond of their hero." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good all around

Civil war buffs and those interested in naval sagas should certainly enjoy this title!

This is a good all-around recounting of one of the least known, but greatest sea-going epics of the civil war.

I had read several shorter accounts of this ship, and was curious if this audio book could fill in more of the details. I was not disappointed.

The story is well told as based upon the diary of the executive officer of the ship. His "sharing" the command with an older officer leads to some interesting story lines with regards to the power struggles over the long voyage.

There are a few times when the narration seems to stall out, but this is mainly when the diary gets monotonous (as I am sure the voyage was), and it is easy to "soldier" through this portion as you await the outcome.

The narration is above average.
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- Rob

Well Paced, Very Detailed

This is one of those rare history books that covers a specific event, seemingly inconsequential, and makes it fascinating. The detail is exceptional, thanks to the source of the material, and the narration considerably above avarage. While not a nail-biter, this audio book is very engaging.

Hollywood butchered "Ghost Soldiers" but this would be a good chance to make amends.
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- Four Terriers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape