first battle and the men who fought it
When Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches young Nate Starbuck from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, Nate is both grateful and awed by his idealistic rescuer. Turning his back forever on the life he left in Boston, Nate agrees to join the newly formed Flaulconer's Legion, even...more
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I thought the day-to-day issues of preparing for war and the variety of folks involved in war prep (some realistically honorable, some opportunistic, etc.) , absurdities, etc.)...more
Nate, while at Yale Seminary, had be...more
HOWEVER. From almost the first page I felt the story of Nathaniel Starbuck was like what my life would have been lik...more
It opens with the young man, Nathaniel Starbuck, newly arrived in Richmond and picked out as a Yankee by an angry mob.
I am obviously not an Am...more
In this first book, the reader is introduced to Nathaniel...more
I was struck by how unorganized the South was as they went to war. The citizens of the South were a much more individual centered society. They didn't go for many rules and they did...more
As the first book of the Starbuck Chronicles, Rebel has the burden of having to introduce the characters. This gives it a slow start, but roughly halfway through I found myself back in...more
Finally done. This book couldn't hold my attention too long. Perhaps I was in the mood for a little more war in my war book and a lot less angst. The b...more
The language of the battle sequences is familiar to readers of Cornwell's other books, and the characters are perhaps modestly different than the Sharpe's books, but we don't read Cornwell for striking innovation in narrative, we read him for rousing battles, dirty tr...more
That being said, Cornwell's unflinchingly graphic with battle scenes, and though this one is two-thirds character- and world-building, the First Battle of Bull Run is no less bloody than any of Cornwell's other battles, and just as richly detailed.
The need for Cornwell to introduce the character...more
I am not a big fan of Civil War novels, "Cold Mountain" notwithstanding.
This volume is the first in the four book "Starbuck" series featuring Nathaniel Starbuck, a conflicted ex-theology student and son of a fiery abolitionist preacher. He is seduced by an actress who dumps him in Richmond, Virginia at the start of the Civil War. He is rescued from tar and feathering by his best friend's father Washingt...more
I'm not quite sure whether I want to continue with this series as it certainly ha...more
Similar to his Sharpre series, Cornwell spends most of the book on a parallel storyline that usually sees it's climax during the books main battle, Bull Run in this case. I think I would enjoy the books more if he spent more time on the battle itself. Oh well... I am still going to read "Copper head".