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Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy | [John Jakes]

Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.
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Publisher's Summary

The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation.

America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

With his impeccable research and unfailing devotion to the historical record, John Jakes offers his most enthralling and enduring tale yet.

©1982 John Jakes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-29-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "UNNECESSARILY RACIAL (AS OPPOSED TO "RACIST")"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    White people only. I have never been over-sensitive to racial slurs and/or racism in literature, as long as it is done in the proper context. This book, however, takes racial hatred and ignorance to a level that I found hard to bear.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Well, I thought it was going to be John Jakes" Heaven and Hell", the 3rd book in this series. I'd already purchased it. But I'm returning BOTH books.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner was outstanding. His mastery of the southern and northern accents was great. Plus there are so many different characters in this book, yet he was able to give each its own identity.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ANGER. Anger at a level that I haven't experienced in decades. I actually thought I might hurt somebody by the middle of Part 2 - which was as much as I could take.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very well written and researched. However, John Jakes went a bit far in his depiction of racism among American whites. I have never EVER before been upset by the use of the word "nigger" in books or the description of the oppression and cruelty endured by my people as slaves in this country. I loved Shelby Foote's "Civil War" series because it gave an accurate, unbiased, and non-stereotypical account of that period in American history. I have many books about racism - both fact and fiction - in my Audible.com Library of over 1,400 audiobooks but I don't know what it is about this book which took me over the cusp of what I could handle. Not just as a black person, but as a HUMAN BEING. I sincerely hope that Jakes exaggerated the cruelty, the hatefulness, and the ignorance of white people towards black people in the years before, during and after the Civil War. This account doesn't stress enough the economic necessity for slavery, which I understood, if I didn't actually agree with. Here, Jakes depicts the only need for slavery was because whites merely hated blacks so much - that the only place for us was in chains or having our women raped or, as one character states in this book, to be be freed only to be shot and killed on sight. I was nauseated by John Jakes' characterization of white people towards blacks. No book nor movie has ever made me this sick in my stomach. I'm even more stunned by the fact that I seem to be the only person appalled by this book. This story could have been written without the level of hatred that it depicts. I am left to wonder what was really in Jakes' heart when he wrote this book. It also disturbs me to think that white people are STILL this awful and hateful. For the first time in my life, I am afraid....

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-10-15
    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2009

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "Where America Once Died"

    This is not a history of the Civil War. It is a novel set in the circumstances of the war. A tale of two families and the trials and tribulations they suffer because of the state of the union, leading to and in the conduct of the war. As such the book consists of fictional narrative (of considerable length) having a plot that unfolds and entertains. As a story; it is a very enthralling and takes the reader-listener on a very involving journey.

    One does not learn the political theory or history but we do learn of the misdeeds of those who took advantage of the tragedy. The how, when where and whys of the corruption that proliferated by war and its profiteers and heathen combatants. The story provides no quarter of protection from evil. It very well explains the human losses that the war caused – not only in lives, and that great loss was ably demonstrated, but the human angst that comes from the many exigencies war brings. All adding up to a difficult to put down read-listen.

    Wonderfully written, wonderfully read, and all in all a good journey travelling with the many characters and their war years.

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    Anne 05-20-15
    Anne 05-20-15
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    "Loved!"

    Have been delving into Civil War historical fiction and this did not disappoint. Am looking forward to book 3.

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    N. Hyde 05-14-15
    N. Hyde 05-14-15

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    "Love history."

    if you enjoy history you will like this book about the civil war. It is long and I liked that.

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    gabby schmidt 05-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This book is even 10 times better than the first!"

    loved it! Same natrorator as the first book, excellent accents performed for different characters, and long and windy plot with all sorts of side stories usually left out of main stream historical depictions.

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    F. Edmunds 03-14-15
    F. Edmunds 03-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great sequel to original"

    There were a few slow parts in this book but all in all a very enjoyable listen. This book gave me new insights to the Civil War which I did not previously have and that is also worth something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth S. Harris 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Kept my attention"

    For all 40 hrs. The author was very good at bringing the reality of that war and its impact to life

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    Lewis Likens 03-12-15
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    "Kept Me Interested"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book during hours of commuting. The author kept me eager to hear the next twists and turns of the story.

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    Old? 02-11-15
    Old? 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Educational /Enjoyable Book"

    The narrator made it all come true . Looking forward to another Jakes book. Audible books make "reading" fun. Recommend listeing.

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    Tim 02-07-15
    Tim 02-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! Blown away! Fantastic Listen!!!"

    With this book, John Jakes has surpassed my wildest hopes. After reading the first book in the series, North and South, I did not think there was any way that the next book could or would be even better, but it was! Grover Gardner has the perfect voice for this novel. His performance was simply stellar! I cannot wait to listen to the third book in this series.

    I live in Northern Virginia and had no idea that so many places I pass through regularly and have grown up around have such deep historical significance! I will never be able to look upon my surroundings in the same way. I will always be thinking about what I heard in this wonderful story! The amount of detail and richness in this story is mind-boggling. I have become an enormous fan of John Jakes!

    If you enjoy romance, historical fiction, history, or anything to do with the Civil War, you will love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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