Look Away (U.S. Civil War, #1)
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Look Away (U.S. Civil War #1)

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At the heart of the story are two brothers, sons of a prosperous New Jersey businessman whose growing wealth and power are dependent on his ability to avoid choosing sides as the issue of states' rights threatens to divide the nation. James and Kevin Bannon, who have always shielded each other from their father's tyrannical outbursts, see their fierce loyalty abruptly shat...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Pocket Books (first published April 25th 1995)
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May 06, 2009 Graceann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hard-core Civil War buffs only
Please see my detailed review at Amazon Graceann's "Look Away" Review"

Ultimately, I found this novel to be slow and unsatisfying, but I'm still reading the sequel because I enjoyed the supporting characters. I go into more detail regarding my problems with the story in my Amazon review. There was ducking away from thorny issues (slavery, for instance) while endlessly repeating mundane banalities of army life. I keep hoping to find another Michael Shaara, and I keep getting disappointed. Pity.
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Feb 03, 2014 Jon Kurtz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Civil War Buffs
An interesting and realistic account of the pre and early years of the civil war as presented through the eyes of two brothers. One remains in the north, while the other attends school in the south. Separated and fighting for different sides, this novel provides two perspectives on America's most devastating war. Infused with the politics and atmosphere of the time, Coyle's account is accurate, while at the same time entertaining.
Heather Baxter
I really enjoy good historical fiction that helps bring history to life. This was well written and makes this chapter in American history come alive.
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Shelves: war, audiobook
"[Coyle] writes convincingly of combat and of conditions within the two armies�.This surely will be popular in most libraries." � Library Journal

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A different book than we know of Harold Coyle. However, his writing about the Civil War is as good as his fiction about modern warfare, and it is a delight to read! An epic story about brotherly love, conflict and man's emotions in these events, a great delight to read!
I really liked this book - I love to read history. But, after a while it seemed to be the same thing over and over. I realize it was based on historical events, that did drag on, but for entertainment I would have preferred a bit more.
Elizabeth Housewright
Good writer, depicts times and warfare well. Contrived, of course, to make story work-- but the dilemmas faced by people during those times are presented well.
Dragged in the middle alittle. Author set up great characters though. Thinking of reading next in series.
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Harold Coyle is an American author of historical, speculative fiction and war novels including Team Yankee, a New York Times best-seller.He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1974 and spent seventeen years on active duty with the U.S. Army.He lives in Leavenworth, Kansas.
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