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Heaven and Hell (North and South #3)

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The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families. As the Mains’ South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards’ North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress. Both the nation and the families’ long-standing bond hover on the brink of destruction.

In the series’ epic conclusion, Jakes expertly blends personal conflict with histori
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Paperback, 781 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 1987)
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Mary Considering the third TV installment came out 10 years after the first two - I would say it was a bit of an after thought. Especially since they…moreConsidering the third TV installment came out 10 years after the first two - I would say it was a bit of an after thought. Especially since they suddenly decided to include Cooper Main.(less)

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Matt
Dec 20, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In the final installment of the North and South series, Jakes examines life in the United States after the Civil War. Using his strong collection of characters and their various situations, Jakes shows that the end of the War was not the end to all issues. In some cases, it only served to fan the flames and make things worse. Charles Main becomes the new main character from the South, who grapples with life as a Confederate soldier who wishes nothing more than to assimilate back into society and ...more
Ashley
Feb 27, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok
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Courtney
Jan 29, 2015 Courtney rated it really liked it
This trilogy is a large pill to swallow--usually when you make such commitment to characters, you feel quite involved when it's all over, but i have to admit I felt relieved. I had to stay emotionally disconnected because Jakes was dispassionate about killing off characters--no one was exempt, and so on one level you had to just say, "Really? Really???" and keep reading. I skimmed several tragic pages in this one, but a couple of times things just come out of nowhere in one or two sentences. Bam ...more
Christina Merrill
Jun 23, 2014 Christina Merrill rated it liked it
Wanted to like this book, but I hate when characters I've grown attached to become The Woobie, endlessly beaten down for dramatic effect. Charles is not allowed to be happy or content, EVER. And really, resurrecting a Big Bad from the dead just to drive the story forward strains the limits of my credulity. And I absolutely hate what he did to Cooper, one of my favorite characters from the first two books. I suppose a thwarted idealist could possibly become that twisted, but it doesn't make for f ...more
Bettie☯
The mini series.

Description: The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families. As the Mains’ South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards’ North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress. Both the nation and the families’ long-standing bond hover on the brink of destruction.

13 - Heaven and Hell - (summer 1865 - autumn 1865)
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Casandra Marshall
Oct 02, 2014 Casandra Marshall rated it really liked it
For me this final installment of the North and South trilogy was more deserving of 3.5 stars but I could t being myself to rate it only 3 stars. Some portions were extremely drawn out while others weren't given enough page time. I hate the fact that Brett and her husband were not given any time in the meat of the book, only at the beginning and the end.
Victoria Stevens
Aug 04, 2013 Victoria Stevens rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading Jakes' works at the time I originally read them, but I would not re-read them at this point.
Katie Q
Jan 07, 2012 Katie Q rated it really liked it
If you have already read the 1st 2 in this series now is the time to finish it.

Very good.
A. E. S.
Pros: Onto the last installment! The excitement, action, drama and romance continue. While cheesy at first, it starts to pick up speed with the deaths of several key characters and the return of some villians we assumed dead. The end of the war sparks an interesting phenomenon: the birth of the Ku Klux Klan and the rise of segregated public systems. The confusion of people who realize they are biracial is a serious issue in this book.

Cons: I really don't like the cop-out of killing off a main ch
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Ann Samford
Mar 19, 2017 Ann Samford rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2017, listened-to
just finished listening to this. Its a well narrated historical fiction about the years after the Civil War. Its really thought provoking to recognize how different this country was only 150 or so years ago. We need a historical perspective. On the negative, this was a long book, sometimes a slow listen and some of the action did not seem all that credible.
Aniki
Jul 30, 2014 Aniki rated it it was ok
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Kim
Jan 22, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, civil-war
As of November 2, 2014, this is the second time that I've read this book, and I have to say that my feelings on it have changed. The first time I read it, I found it quite lacking in comparison to its two predecessors, but after reading it again, I found much, much more to like about it.

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CARLAS L MADRIGAL
Good conclusion

It stayed in line with the first two books. One thing I didn't like is the comments about Charles being a fine soldier by everyone, yet he constantly got his ass kicked and someone else had to step in and save him! It exasperated me to no end!! In all I loved the book and the trilogy for honest depictions of the times and the feelings of both sides in the debate over succession, freedom, and equality. Mr. Jake's research provided insight on the TRUE attitudes of people of the nort
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Christie
No spoilers for Heaven and Hell, but proceed with caution if you have not read Love and War or North and South.

Rain fell on Washington through the night.

The American Civil War is over and it has left the Hazards and Mains picking up the pieces. Madeline Main is in South Carolina determined to build Mont Royal up to its original glory in honor of her husband's memory, despite the odds stacked against her. Charles Main does not know what to do with himself now that the fighting is over so he hea
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Kissmekate
Sep 18, 2016 Kissmekate rated it really liked it
Abraham Lincoln ist tot, der Bürgerkrieg ist zu Ende. Viel verbrannte Erde hat er hinterlassen, verstümmelte Soldaten, verwitwete Frauen, verwaiste Kinder. Die Freundschaft zwischen Orry Main und George Hazard ist ebenfalls durch den Krieg brutal beendet worden, den nur George überlebt hat.

Während Orrys Witwe Madeline mit Hilfe einiger Ex-Sklaven, die freiwillig bei ihr geblieben sind, versucht, die zerstörte Plantage der Mains wieder aufzubauen, sieht sie sich immer wieder mit dem untötbaren Ha
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Brittany
Jun 25, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The pain comes from more than the facts of circumstance, or the deeds of others. It comes from within. From understanding what we've lost. It comes from knowing how foolish we were-vain, arrogant children-when we thought ourselves happy. It comes from knowing how fragile and doomed the old ways were just when we thought them, and ourselves, secure. The pain comes from knowing we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be so ignorant again
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Kent Horner
Jul 01, 2011 Kent Horner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
These three books were very enjoyable to me because the fiction story was so intertwined with historical facts that it made it both entertaining and interesting. The first book, NORTH AND SOUTH introduces the many, many characters and their involvement with the events and politics that led to the beginning of the Civil War. The second and longest (1087 pages) LOVE AND WAR depicts the four year period of the war itself. The north, having fought for the restoration of the Union and for the freedom ...more
Shara Faskowitz
Mar 12, 2013 Shara Faskowitz rated it really liked it
John Jakes is a fine historian who is also a good storyteller. He's not a great writer imho or a particularly literary one. I understand that the North and South Trilogy covers a massive amount of ground. There are many events and themes that weave through the books, and it's to Jake's credit that he gives us such a broad sweep of the Civil War and makes it so rich with detail. However he tends to succumb to purple prose (when he's not describing actual history). Also, some of the characters are ...more
Melissa
Apr 21, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous two books in the series. North and South was the best, with Love and War slightly behind that. For this one, I felt like it should not have been part of the trilogy. While it did follow the same character families, I felt that the focus would be more on the post-war North/South/Reconstruction era. The majority of the book focused on the Indian wars. While this was also well written and actually the most fascinating part of the book, I just felt th ...more
Samyann
Jun 15, 2014 Samyann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
North and South, Love and War, and finally, Heaven and Hell is an American Civil War trilogy. This final edition is intended to be the reconstruction period, so I thought … the rebuilding of the southern states following the war. Although a terrific series, this novel is much more focused on the development of the west, the American Indian wars. The history is interesting, but frankly, it would have been a better story if the author had focused on reconstruction and stayed with the American Civi ...more
James Wethington
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Danielle
Aug 08, 2009 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: john-jakes
I wasn't born yet to see the miniseries when it was actually on, but I decided to watch it after I saw my dad watching it on VHS. Then I found out my dad actually owns all three novels, so I got started. I had to read each one with a few other books in between, because I find these to be very heavy reading. Nonetheless, I eagerly devoured each one because I'm such a history buff :). I didn't think Heaven and Hell was as good as North and South and Love and War, but it was still pretty okay. This ...more
Marilyn
Mar 07, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #3 of the North and South Trilogy: North & South; Love and War; Heaven and Hell

"From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and the Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own -
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Adrienne
Jul 03, 2016 Adrienne rated it really liked it
Listened via audible.

You know how when a rapper is done - they drop the mic and leave the stage? Picture me doing that now with this series.

This series (all 100+ hours of it) has ended and I am glad of it. I don't know if I could go on. This book was really hard to get through. It wasn't bad by any means - but SO depressing. I thought the Civil War might have been one of the most depressing parts of our history but AFTER the war wins that prize. Corruption, greed, evilness, the KKK, killing the
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Christopher
Aug 27, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it
Jakes' final volume of his epic North and South trilogy is...different. It feels like an extended epilogue rather than a book with a consistent narrative. Unlike the first volume that built towards the start of the war and the second volume that built towards the end of the war, this volume just kind of goes.

It's not bad at all, but it feels out of place. There's never a sense that the story is building to any denouement or even grand finale. Rather, it just feels like it's going to end wheneve
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Michelle
Aug 26, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the author did a great job of wrapping up the trilogy, although my heart broke at the death of a few important characters... I suppose that not everyone can live forever, even in great stories. This set of books really is the most honest and realistic storyline that I've ever read, pertaining to the Civil War and its enormity, in both the scope of personal tragedy, and overall large scale tragedy for our county. I especially appreciate John Jakes not concluding the story until the end ...more
Robin
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Custer has been a character in the other books but he has a larger role in this one and if I recall right so does Elkanah Bent who also has been in the other books but in this one I seem to remember that his colors really showed and he really is quite an A**H--- who although no one deserves to have done to them what he had done one is still inclined to say it serves him right. I'm referring to Bent not Custer. I think there was a mini series for B
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Beth Bedee
EDIT 2nd read: It's funny how the passage of time changes your view. I first read this when I was 19 and in college. Since then I've become more interested in politics, Reconstruction, and Native Americans. I thoroughly enjoyed my second read. I thought the trilogy was nicely tied together and was sad to see it end (again.)

I did not enjoy this 3rd part of the trilogy as well as the 1st two, probably because the story leaves the East coast and travels to the West. Also, several of my favorite cha
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ROBB
Feb 02, 2008 ROBB rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Civil War/History Buffs
Of the three books of the "North and South" trilogy, this was probably the one that I liked the least, although that isn't to say that I didn't like it. I just thought it was written differently than the previous two, and some of the events were scattered to previously minor characters, and I didn't like the outcome of some of the earlier major characters. It is still a great read and overall ties the entire trilogy together well. Justice is served to some; death comes to others (some who deserv ...more
Rebecca
Jul 04, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
As a whole, the North and South series is excellent. There seems to be no aspect of American history from the Civil War & Reconstruction eras that are not left untouched. The characters are vibrant, and while I'm not sure I appreciate Jakes' characterization of the only likeable females as docile, I found myself forming emotional attachments to them-- something I rarely do.

That said, H&H is easily the weakest of the three. There's too much attention paid to just two characters while othe
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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and le ...more
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“The pain comes from more than the facts of circumstance, or the deeds of others. It comes from within. From understanding what we lost. It comes from knowing how foolish we were - vain, arrogant children - when we thought ourselves happy. It comes from knowing how fragile and doomed the old ways were, just when we thought them and ourselves, secure!. The pain comes from knowing we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again. ” 12 likes
“Losing innocence. Remembering Heaven. That was the essence of Hell” 6 likes
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