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Publisher's Summary

Thrust into the savagery of the U.S. Civil War, a Chinese immigrant fighting for the Union Army, a nurse turned spy, and a one-armed Confederate cavalryman find their lives inextricably entwined.

Johnny Tom, a Chinese immigrant, is promised American citizenship if he serves with the Union Army. But first he must survive the carnage of battles and rampant racism among the ranks. Desperate to find him, his daughter, Era, becomes a Union spy while nursing soldiers in Confederate camps. She falls in love with Warren, a one-armed cavalryman, and her loyalties become divided between her beloved father in the North and the man who sustains her in the South.

An extraordinary novel that will stand as a defining work on the Chinese immigrant experience, The Spy Lover is a paean to the transcendence of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

©2012 Kiana Davenport (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Todd Haberkorn's affecting performance of the story of Union solider Johnny Tom, Confederate cavalryman Warren Petticomb, and nurse/spy Era Tom, the girl they both love, is packed with emotion. Listeners' understanding of how the characters are indelibly changed by war is enhanced by Haberkorn’s delivery; for example, he makes a fluid transition from Warren's initial enthusiasm to a haunted emptiness, which is demonstrated by slowly morphing a confident boyish tone into the gritty, weary voice of a veteran." (AudioFile)

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  • Amanda
  • Belleville, MI, United States
  • 12-05-12

Interesting story, fantastic narration

What made the experience of listening to The Spy Lover the most enjoyable?

Todd Haberkorn has a really nice, soothing voice. It was a good contrast to the violent imagery that comes with a Civil War novel.

What other book might you compare The Spy Lover to and why?

This is really the first novel of this genre that I've read/listened to.

Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've seen a few anime series that he's been in. This was very different from what I'm used to hearing from him, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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

It was one I looked forward to coming back to. Definitely worth listening to.

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Get this audiobook...you won't be disappointed!!

Fantastic civil war drama combined with exceptional narration made this audiobook a rare treat! Todd Haberkorn truly delivered an incredible narrative with Chinese, Irish, southern, northern, slave, indian....the list goes on......dialects with great success. It made listening to this terrific tale a real pleasure!

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Engrossing!

This book is PERFECT for a long car trip! i sure hope that we'r will be able to find another that is as good.

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Excellent narrator!

What an excellent narrator! He has a voice quality that is easy to listen to for hours, which is good since this is a long book. The story was very interesting to me even though the story line seemed preposterous the last couple of chapters. Overall, it was a very good story.