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Publisher's Summary

A quiet, wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with disinterest. Opposed to secession and a friend to Union and Confederate commanders alike, he did not want a war. After Union soldiers seized and murdered his sons, placing their decapitated heads on the gateposts of his estate, Hinson could remain indifferent no longer. He commissioned a special rifle for long-range accuracy, he took to the woods, and he set out for revenge.

This remarkable biography presents the story of Jack Hinson, a lone Confederate sniper who, at the age of 57, waged a personal war on Grant's army and navy. The result of 15 years of scholarship, this meticulously researched work is the only account of Hinson's life ever recorded and involves an unbelievable cast of characters, including the Earp brothers, Jesse James, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

©2009 Tom C. McKenney (P)2016 Tantor

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  • DZ
  • 01-17-17

Historically accurate Nonfiction as captivating as Author's prose

As a special forces veteran, kudos to the author for his captivating writing style, history research, and insight into combat and sniper TTP - all intricate to this little known piece of the Civil War. Also: outstanding narration.

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  • Jason
  • Mount Juliet, TN, United States
  • 11-19-16

Amazing everyone should know this story

Where does Jack Hinson's One-Man War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the very top of my non fiction list. I can not praise the author enough for his research and ability to turn that into the story of Jack Hinson and everything that went on around him during that tragic time in history.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

He is a excellent narrator and perfect for this story, listen and I'm sure you will agree.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe I've never heard of the story about Jack Hinson it really is almost to hard to believe but it really is fact. Even if your not a fan of history this is a real page turner one of those American history events you should really read about for yourself.

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Loved it.

Great story about a little known historical figure that deserves to be brought out into the light.

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Great story with perfect narration

Overall a great story - it draws you into Jack Hinson's world and holds you there to the end. David Colacci has to now be my favourite narrator, with a soothing voice, perfect English, and a pace that is just right.

The things about the book I didn't like was that there were many redundant parts - phrases that were repeated to the degree I thought I'd accidentally rewound. Also, more than half the book was the set up and backdrop of the story, with little on Jack's story until the last half. Finally, there is a sometimes not too subtle southern bias in the story that at times makes you raise your eyebrows, but if you keep reading it passes.

Overall, a comoelling story with a brilliant narration, and well worth the read.

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Enjoyed learning the history of this incredible man ...

As a well-read history buff, truly amazes me that I was unaware of this man. Hinson's story, lost to history for so long, was a fascinating listen. Civil War was a brutal period of our nation's history ...

Some portions of the book felt a bit tedious; otherwise, would have been rated 5-stars.

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Historical Fiction

This book is historical fiction. I am not sure if it is the authors first book but I did not believe it was well edited or written. There were many clichés used over and over again to the point of ad nauseum.
I purchased the book because I thought it was going to be an historical account of Jack Hinson. It turned out to be historical fiction based on the life of Mr. Hinson.
I think the book could have been better off if it was written as history in the style of Stephen Ambrose or similar which used historical facts to tell a story instead of “fleshing” out the story with fiction.

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Exceptional & Well Narrated Story

I had never heard of Jack Hinson but I enjoy reading about the Guerrilla Warfare that took place during the Civil War and this was a great story. This story is so relevant in these times when people are clamoring for the removal of Confederate Statues across the country. After hearing about the Hinson family ordeal at the hands of the federal occupation forces why is there no uproar to take down statues dedicated to the Union Army as well?? The idea of desecrating our past is ludicrous we have to know what has happened to us so we will not repeat the tragedy again. It was a viscous war on both sides & this is a great story that needs to be told

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Excellent Narrative

Would you consider the audio edition of Jack Hinson's One-Man War to be better than the print version?

Excellent telling of the life of Jack Hinson; an easy listen in most respects.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jack Hinson's One-Man War?

Many not well known facts brought to the forefront in this epic biography of a man who would have been content just to live life in the solitude of back country life.

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator was easy to listen to and could easily get absorbed into the story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, heavy emotional toll; listened in small chunks.

Any additional comments?

Excellent narrative of the effects of one-man's war - a personal vendetta - against the Union. Many unknown facts and one of the few books detailing the life of Jack Hinson. The life of Jack Hinson brings to the forefront the cold reality of how truly terrible the effects the Civil War had on many citizens - not just those who fought in either army.

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  • Heidi
  • Tacoma, WA, United States
  • 01-28-18

Interesting story; editor badly needed

What would have made Jack Hinson's One-Man War better?

This was a five hour book, crammed in 14.5 hours. Endless repetitions, foreshadowing and poor structure screamed for a serious edit.

What could Tom C. McKenney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Should have been one-third the length, and kept to the central story.

What aspect of David Colacci’s performance would you have changed?

Narration was fine.

What character would you cut from Jack Hinson's One-Man War?

Everything in the first 4.5 hours could go.

Any additional comments?

I suspect this was written as a shorter piece, and lengthened to make it seem more commercial. Author did some serious research, but was clueless about how to weave it into the narrative. That's what a good editor is for; none apparently involved here.

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So much potential...lost

This was a great story that could have been a great book. Unfortunately the level of detail invested into issues and insights that have no basis in historical fact (the author explains this thoroughly in the introduction and first chapter) made this very tiresome. Those details also only caused the story to drag along rather than leading us into any narrative. I was halfway through the book before the first assassination takes place. I was very disappointed.