Starbuck Chronicles

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696 ratings

Rebel: Bull Run, 1861 Publisher's Summary

This best-selling author is highly praised by both critics and fans for his action-packed historical novels. Casts of colorful characters spring to life in battle scenes vivid with authentic military detail.

When William Faulconer rescues Nate Starbuck, his son’s friend, from the clutches of a Yankee-hating mob in Virginia, he finds a grateful and willing recruit for Faulconer’s Legion. But Nate’s decision to fight against his native North is only one of the human dilemmas facing the Legion. The Legion commander’s son is against the war, and his daughter’s fiancé is plotting for control of the family fortune. As a motley gathering of men prepares to engage the enemy at Bull Run, they have high hopes of ending the war before it starts. No one can foresee the changes in store for themselves and for their country.

Nate Starbuck and his compatriots leap from the book in full battle regalia with Ed Sala’s narrative magic. Action scenes are all the more exciting because listeners identify with the well-drawn characters and understand the circumstances that lead them to this historical moment.

©1993 Bernard Cornwell (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Rebel: Bull Run, 1861

    • The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 159

    When William Faulconer rescues Nate Starbuck, his son’s friend, from the clutches of a Yankee-hating mob in Virginia, he finds a grateful and willing recruit for Faulconer’s Legion. But Nate’s decision to fight against his native North is only one of the human dilemmas facing the Legion. The Legion commander’s son is against the war, and his daughter’s fiancé is plotting for control of the family fortune. As a motley gathering of men prepares to engage the enemy at Bull Run, they have high hopes of ending the war before it starts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rebel Starbuck

    • By Sarah Sidell on 08-06-12

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Rebel

    • Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book I
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 210

    A powerful and evocative story of the Civil War's first battle and the men who fought it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Historical Fiction

    • By Dan's Gal Sal on 09-11-04
    • Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book I
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 05-13-04
    • 4 out of 5 stars 372 ratings

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Rebel (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 1)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
    • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • Copperhead: Ball's Bluff, 1862

    • The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    Boston-born Nate Starbuck is a Copperhead. He has turned away from his Northern family and is fighting for the Confederate Army. Charged by the excitement of war, he is a fearless soldier. But when he is accused of leaking military information, Nate finds himself labeled a spy by both the North and the South. Now, nowhere is safe for him. Copperhead continues the saga begun in Rebel.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Listen

    • By Elizabeth B. Brandt on 09-05-11

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Copperhead

    • Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book II
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    It is the summer of 1862 and the northern army is threatening to capture Richmond, the Confederate capital.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A master story teller trips & falls

    • By Trustme on 10-23-13

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Copperhead

    • The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The second book in Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series on the American Civil War.Nathanial Starbuck is a Copperhead: a northerner fighting for the rebel South in America's Civil War.Expelled from the Faulconer Legion, Starbuck must travel a hard road before he can rejoin his comrades. He must join the shadowy war of betrayal and espionage, where nothing is certain and no one can be trusted.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 3

    • Battle Flag: Second Manassas, 1862

    • The Starbuck Chronicles: Volume Three
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    Bernard Cornwell’s superb Civil War dramas have been compared with Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels. Basing Battle Flag on the Campaign of Second Manassas in August, 1862, Cornwell takes the listener from whispered negotiations to the roar of cannon fire. A Northerner fighting for the South, Nate Starbuck has distinguished himself as captain of his Confederate regiment. But his battles go beyond the rifle smoke.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read

    • By Sarah Sidell on 08-13-12

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Battle Flag

    • Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book III
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    Distinguishing himself at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck's career is jeopardized through the suspicion and hostility of his brigade commander, the grandiose General Washington Faulconer. Their simmering enmity flares to life at Dead Mary's Ford, where Nate Starbuck has to fight the enemy as well as his own commanding officer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Series!!

    • By DMHVetSurveyor on 12-13-06

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Battle Flag

    • The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 3
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
    • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Third volume in the best-selling Starbuck Chronicles. The battle for control of Richmond, the Confederate capital, continues through the hot summer of 1862.Captain Nate Starbuck, yankee fighting for the Southern cause, has to survive and win in the bitter struggle not only against the formidable Northern army but equally in opposition to his own superiors who would like nothing better than to see Nate Starbuck dead and dishonoured.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 4

    • The Bloody Ground: Battle of Antietam, 1862

    • The Starbuck Chronicles: Volume Four
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By S. Bruno on 09-05-12

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Bloody Ground

    • Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book IV
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    It is only weeks after the Second Manassas in September 1862, and Robert E. Lee takes the war north, where he will be met by "Little Mac", General George McClellan, whose northern army far outnumbers and outguns the invading Confederates. In Richmond, Virginia, Starbuck is given command of a punishment battalion, a motley collection of cowards, thieves, deserters, and murderers, officered by men who do not welcome Starbuck's arrival.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!

    • By DMHVetSurveyor on 12-13-06

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Bloody Ground

    • The Starbuck Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    The fourth volume of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series on the American Civil War and featuring rebel Nathaniel Starbuck - a yankee fighting for the Southern cause. It is late summer 1862 and the Confederacy is invading the United States of America.Nate Starbuck, a northern preacher's son fighting for the rebel South, is given command of a punishment battalion - a despised unit of shirkers and cowards.

    Regular price: $15.45