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.
Authentic, Captivating, Exciting
I would definately compare Volume Two, as well as One and Three to Ken Follett's "Winter of the World" and "Fall of Giants" as well as many of his other works. Jakes' research, story building, character development and the interactions of all these components are as indepth as Folletts'. As a former history instructer I find the authenticty of this book, as in the others of the trilogy relates the amount and indepth research he has completed to make this an extraordinary true read. The planning of the background of his characters and their interactions as well as their movement throughout the trilogy reflects early planning of their background, talents, behaviors and personalities that takes them through to the end of book Three.
Grover Gardner has a way of making each character become memorable in you mind. His talent of developing each character complete with voice recognition, accents and foreign language is outstanding. He makes you feel that the "reader" knows each and everyone on a personal level.
It is difficult to name just one character as standing out from all the rest. It takes them all, weaving their story and interacting with the other characters to make this an excellent protrayal of the time prior, during and after the American Civil War.
I am most impressed with John Jakes research, not just into the surface facts, but beyond to the obscure that most would not know of unless their geographic residence was close by or they were students of history beyond the common knowledge.
The feeling of being familiar with the characters.
It begins to tie up some loose ends, while creating others
Madeline. She has a very difficult path.
The battle continues....
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
Though this second volume was very good it seemed to fall short of the first. There is a great deal of unnecessary dialog that I felt was to NO point or purpose in the story! The aforementioned seemed to make the story/book a bit to looooooong.
Irrespective of the above comments I GENUINLY look FORWARD to volume three!!!
If you are hesitating on buying this because you think you know the story from the Patrick Swayze TV series, don't. The characters are the same, but the story is different in countless ways, which I won't divulge. I quickly purchased volume 1 after listening to this and will get volume 3 as soon as it is released. I wish there were more fiction set in this era of American history.
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