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The Civil War comes alive in all its passion and fury - only now the Brits are fighting...alongside the Confederacy.

Outraged when the US Navy seizes three Confederates aboard an English sailing ship, Britain retaliates by entering the fray in support of the Rebels - and suddenly, it's a whole new war.

Once again, cotton is king as the North's blockade crumbles before the might of the Royal Navy. While Lincoln confronts the monumental challenge of vanquishing mighty Britannia, the Redcoats revive their 1812 penchant for burning down American cities, and Union troops see Canada as ripe for the picking. From the Mississippi bayou to the Pennsylvania farmlands to the woods of Maine, the great armies of Generals Grant and Lee face off in the nation's deadliest conflict. And to the victor goes history.

©2006 Robert Conroy (P)2020 Tantor

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Not realistic at all

Completely doesn’t understand the problems with the monitors and how they are unseaworthy. Makes Lee look incompetent and makes Grant look like Lee and Wellington combined. Just completely ignores the personalities of the lead characters.

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Don’t waste your time

The book is poorly researched and if you are a historian or student of history or even an armchair historian you will be appalled by some of Conroy’s blunders.

Every “ethnic” character is a overly cartoonish and exaggerated. The dialogue doesn’t feel remotely real, they often discuss events and run over things that they should implicitly know living in this period. It’s like the author world builded an alternate historic timeline and added some bland characters to explain them to us instead of experiencing the events through their eyes.

I could finish it. Read Harry Turtledove.

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Strong start, weak finish

An extraordinarily plausible first 2/3 of a story that falls apart towards the end. Last third of the book isn’t imaginable by any stretch of a historian

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Same story every time

The first few Robert Conroy books were great but now its just change the names, dates, and locations then repeat the same exact story.

The lead characters always act the same, the love interests always act the same. If this is your first Robert Conroy book you'll enjoy it. If its your 5th then its a repeat.