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Preview — The Bloody Ground by Bernard Cornwell
The Bloody Ground (Starbuck Chronicles #4)
In this fourth, final, and rousing installment of Nathaniel Starbuck's Civil War adventures, Nate is given command of a punishment battalion: a motley collection of cowards, thieves, deserters, and murderers. Setting off to Join General Robert E. Lee's army, Starbuck's men reach Harper's Ferry in time to take part in Stonewall Jackson's capture of...more
Getting there was a challenge as there's no real antagonist here. Starbuck's battles with his inept commander Washington Faulconer aren't that satisfying as Faulconer gets removed to Richmond and isn't real...more
As with the previous entry, I've lost my original review, but I remember liking this - a lot more than the previous books. It feels like Cornwell's finally found his groove with this series, and THE BLOODY GROUND is up there with the best Sharpe books. There are vivid battle scenes, overriding realism, p...more
E, quanto a mim, é o livro mais brutal dos quatro.
As peripécias de Nate levam-no ao comando de um batalhão denominado “pernas amarelas”, nome pejorativo que simboliza a cobardia demonstrada por esse batalhão numa batalha anterior. Para além do enorme trabalho que vai ter em educar e motivar esses homens, vai-se deparar com...more
It stands alone as a novel.
In a historical note at the end of the book, the author says,
"The battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg, for southerners) is the famous for being the bloodiest day in all of American's history. Close to 23,000 men died in that one day."
The book is about Lee's invasion of the nort...more
Our heroes Adam and Starbuck seem, to me, to be the personification of the war, giving everything for the cause, suffering wounds again and again, growing weaker with each engagement, watching and sharing the de...more
Antietam was and remains the bloodiest single day in US military history, with something...more
This novel picks up after Battle Flag as the Confederate army fights off the last Northern attack and finally goes on the offence and invades the North itself. The mastermind behind this plan is Robert Lee and for his plan to work he will n...more
Starbuck takes over a punishment battalion made up of alleged cowards, deserters and other motley individuals. This after proving that the previous commander was a crook. Before they are really trained the battalion is marched off to join Lee's army. They take part in Stonewall Jack...more
The Battle of Antietam will be the final showdown for this...more
Great four-book fictional series about a Northerner who fights for the Confederacy. This stuff is classic Bernard Cornwell; interesting characters, meticulous research and pulse-pounding battle scenes that take you directly to the mayhem. While I already knew quite a bit about the American Civil War, reading this series makes me want to learn more. Cornwell gives readers a great sense for the brutality and futility of war thatat the same time, is fascinating. Ultimately, whether you were...more