Critically acclaimed author Bernard Cornwell’s Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles have been hailed by The Washington Times as the “best thing to hit Civil War fiction since Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels.”
Nate is given command of a battalion of undesirable soldiers—including deserters and murderers —and sent to join the action at Antietam Creek. There, during the bloodiest single day of the entire war, Nate and his men must find the courage to survive the brutal horrors of combat.
©1996 Bernard Cornwell (P)2005 Recorded Books
Great read. Strong story, good character development and solid plot - all placed seamlessly and full of detail into historical context. Excellent narration is the cherry on top. A great way to obtain a riveting first-person account (albeit fictionalized) of the Civil War. This is the first Starbuck book that've I've read, and I definitely plan to pick up the other three.
The last of the Starbuck Chronicles lives up to all my expectations. This is Cornwell at his best; the story is gripping, bloody and full of action. Cornwell continues to develop the Starbuck character as he builds on previous volumes; we say goodbye to some characters (unexpectedly) and hello to others.
My only criticism of this series is that it ends here. Cornwell dropped this series in favor of the lucrative “Sharpe” series. The chronicle is unfinished and from Starbucks point of view there remains some unfinished business. We can only hope that Cornwell someday returns to complete the series.
Ed Sala provided a very good performance that certainly matched the narration of previous volumes.
Why was this offered to the public for sale? I have over 200 titles in my collection from Audible and this is the first I could not finish. I am a huge fan of Mr. Cornwell's work but this production is not worthy of either the author or the reader. It sounds as if Mr. Sala was seriously ill at the time of production. Very sad.
"Starbuck Rides Again"
I consider this audio version of The Bloody Ground: Battle of Antietam 1862 to be better than the printed version as the narrator brings the character's to life, reading in a measured way that hold's the listener's attention.
My favorite character is Starbuck but he is run close by the reformed Colonel Swynyard who proves a most effective leader and Belvedere Delaney who shows an unusual caring nature when tending to wounded men during the final battle.
I most enjoyed Starbuck's revenge on Captain Dennison and Sergeant Case following the failed attempt to kill Starbuck. They certainly got their just deserts!
This is a book I have enjoyed on an evening when walking my Beagle. Listening outside, particularly in the countryside, brings the book even more to life for me.
This book is part of a great series which I have enjoyed and look forward to listening to more of Starbuck's adventures.
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