The author takes you right with him into the danger, intrigue and the grueling day to day life of a bright young man forced into service for a cause he abhors. There are certain insights and reactions that are authentic 1862 and can be found nowhere else. I would consider this a must for any student or fan learning about the Civil War. There are a few glitches in the presentation, a few lines get repeated and there's a hum in the last chapter, but the narrator does a good job.
I bought this book just because I like time travel novels, and I think it was a cut above the usual story. It really rolls along and you can't help but get caught up in it. Good reading for anyone from nine to ninety.
Grabs you and won't let go. There's real evil in this little town, and it isn't just the Klan. The author and the narrator are each at the very top of their craft.
Philip Pullman is a wonderful story teller, but this one stinks. You know that the victim is the heroine from the first sentence, you go through the romance of a 17 year olds first love, then you watch him turn into an imbecile and the heroine dies. That's about it. The last hour of this was really hard to take.
The unraveling of this mystery was a great piece of writing read by a master of his craft. I wasn't familiar with the authors but I intend to buy more by them.
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