As the Brannon brothers answer the call to arms, the family finds itself struggling with dilemmas it never had considered.
Find out what happens to the Brannon family in the rest of the Civil War Battle Series.
©1999 James Reasoner; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Reasoner spins a lively, suspenseful yarn." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fraught with tension, drama, and tantalizing hints of future romance, this vividly rendered family saga will hook fans of meaty historical fiction." (Booklist)
As the first book in a large series, 'Manassas' really disappointed. While some of the character development was interesting and necessary (if predictable), the description of the battle and the dialogue between the men fighting it smacked of a B- John Wayne movie. I will give the 2nd book a try but am not optimistic. For better character development, more historical accuracy and more intense battle scenes, I would recommned the Starbuck series by Bernard Cornwell.
This is an enjoyable story - but as the first in a series it's focus has to be to build the foundation for a broad array of characters. As a result there is actually very little devoted to Manassas itself. I will purchase the next in the series, however, as I think ther series has potential to develop further in the later books.
Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
I’m not much into historical fiction, but really like history.
This is more of a story than about history.
Maybe, it’s character development for the rest of the series.
Good story line leading up to the war.
Will is a well rounded and believable character. .
A better story line as well as more reference to the actual battle
Hard to listen to his voice
Only listened to the first 30 minutes
This book may be interesting to those who enjoy reading fiction of the civil war period but did not hold my interest as one seeking history of the civil war battle.
I was excited to see a story with such a rich setting, but found too many clich?s and not enough history background. The story is made to sound as if it would be focused on the civil war, but sadly the parts devoted to the actual battle are brief and a minuscule portion of the overall story. The historical descriptions were mediocre at best and at times incorrect. I doubt I will listen to the other books in this series.
I love history, but I'm not good at remembering all the dates and facts. So I started reading historical fictions where there is a story and characters intertwined with historical fact. I happen to love this series even though I'm only on the 3rd book. I also want to give credit where credit is due to the narrator LLoyd James. He has made each character come alive. I have listened to other books with only a few characters and they all sound the same. Thank you Mr James. And thank you Mr. Reasoner for writing 10 great books.
"fabric artist and quilter"
This book is clearly establishing characters for what promises to be a long and interesting soap opera of a tale of the civil war from the point of view of a southern farmers family rather than from a planter's or general's view point which is the normal fare for novels.
The narrator does a good job with bringing the accents to the characters and keeping the energy running thru the story.
Manassas is the appetiser with the main courses still to come.
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