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Manassas: The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1 | [James Reasoner]

Manassas: The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1

Storm clouds are approaching Culpeper County, Virginia, in early January 1861. The troublesome Fogarty brothers have been raising havoc across the countryside, and when the local lawman, Will Brannon, returns from another futile attempt to track them down, he finds the townspeople abuzz. South Carolina has seceded from the Union, and rumor has it more states will follow, perhaps even Virginia.
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Publisher's Summary

Storm clouds are approaching Culpeper County, Virginia, in early January 1861. The troublesome Fogarty brothers have been raising havoc across the countryside, and when the local lawman, Will Brannon, returns from another futile attempt to track them down, he finds the townspeople abuzz. South Carolina has seceded from the Union, and rumor has it more states will follow, perhaps even Virginia. Will enlists, but so, too, do the Fogartys. All know that men die in battle and that these deaths are never investigated.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Stephen Newton, MA, USA 11-09-06
    Stephen Newton, MA, USA 11-09-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointed in 1st book"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David West Newton, MA, USA 05-11-05
    David West Newton, MA, USA 05-11-05 Member Since 2004
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    "good background fiction...not much civil war"

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 08-11-06
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 08-11-06 Member Since 2005

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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    "Not sure what I think"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doug 06-18-14
    Doug 06-18-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Good read!"
    What did you love best about Manassas?

    Good story line leading up to the war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will is a well rounded and believable character. .


    If you could rename Manassas, what would you call it?

    Why War!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert indian Land, sc, United States 07-05-13
    Robert indian Land, sc, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dissapointed"
    What would have made Manassas better?

    A better story line as well as more reference to the actual battle


    What didn’t you like about LLoyd James’s performance?

    Hard to listen to his voice


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Manassas?

    Only listened to the first 30 minutes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Pensacola, FL, United States 11-19-12
    Charles Pensacola, FL, United States 11-19-12
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    "Dissapointing - expected history of the battle"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    francisco Roswell, NM, United States 06-19-10
    francisco Roswell, NM, United States 06-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Subject+Weak Story= Big Let Down"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Mccolley Homestead, FL 06-14-09
    B. Mccolley Homestead, FL 06-14-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great Characters"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 01-21-12
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 01-21-12 Member Since 2011

    "fabric artist and quilter"

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    "Feuding and fighting"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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