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The first book in Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series on the American Civil War.

It is summer 1861. The armies of North and South stand on the brink of America's civil war. Nathanial Starbuck, jilted by his girl and estranged from his family, arrives in the capital of the Confederate South, where he enlists in an elite regiment being raised by rich, eccentric Washington Faulconer.

Pledged to the Faulconer Legion, Starbuck becomes a northern boy fighting for the southern cause. But nothing can prepare him for the shocking violence to follow in the war which broke America in two.

©1993 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A sure-fire bestseller" (Financial Times)
"What Cornwell really likes is battles . . . you will be duly rewarded with the smell of quality cordite rising from the pages" (Daily Telegraph)

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  • Aramis
  • 05-11-15

Gripping

A gripping story told by the most excellent BC, the narrator is somewhat precise though which does detract from the story. 😕

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  • kevin mackie
  • 02-01-18

Great story

I found this story fantastic. it Is well written and narrated with great voice changes for characters . Im looking forward to the next instalment of this series.

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  • Mal
  • 04-22-17

Great story - Narrator grows on you

I read this some years ago so knew it was a great story.
I was disappointed with the narrator but the dramatic voices were ok and he grows on you through the book.
On the whole an enjoyable audio experience.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 12-11-16

thourghly enjoyable

Another period in history for the master of historical fiction. not upto the Sharpe or uthred books but worth the read. great educational value in the details, blood n gore and women, what else do you need

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  • Victorinox Escort
  • 05-24-16

excellent from start to finish

excellent narration, story, characters. expect to get through this audiobook in a few sittings. learned more about the civil war reading this than in school

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  • Jon Lymposs
  • 03-10-16

Typical Cornwall

Great story of the American civil war. Full
Of believable characters and realistic action
As you would expect from cornwall

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