Rebel (Starbuck Chronicles #1)
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
Nate, while at Yale Seminary, had be ...more
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
“Rebel” is the second of Bernard Cornwell’s novels that I have read. Set during the opening moments of the American Civil War, this is a ...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
HOWEVER. From almost the first page I felt the story of Nathaniel Starbuck was like what my life would have been lik ...more
I think they are better than Shaara, who I like a great deal.
But Cornwell has a gift for writing about Civil War battles in a way that makes the strategy and the hour-by-hour movements more clear than anything else I have read about the Battle of Bull Run.
The series is worth the read, even if it does stop at the mid-point of the war.
Wegen einer Eskapade mit einer Frau hat Nathaniel Starbuck seine Ausbildung zum Pastor abgebrochen. Sein Vater, ebenfalls Theologe, ist nun überhaupt nicht gut auf seinen Sohn zu sprechen. Und so will Nathaniel lieber zum Elternhaus seines besten Freundes Adam reisen. Dass Adam aus den Südstaaten kommt und Nathaniels Vater vehement gegen die Sklaverei predigt, stört Starbuch nicht weiter. Lieber will er für die Konförderierten kämpfen als bei seinem Vater zu Kreuze zu kriechen. Doch ...more
Muitos sabem o quanto admiro a escrita de Bernard Cornwell. Exceptuando os inúmeros livros da saga Sharpe, penso que já li tudo o que ele escreveu e, embora tenha gostado mais de uns do que de outros, fascina-me sempre a forma viva como Cornwell “pinta” ...more
The series seems to have been more-or-less abandoned: I'm going to quote the f ...more
Characters: Starbuck is an interesting character, particularly headstrong although he values his morals and his friendships. Washington is really nice to Nate at the beginning of the book but when he turns against him, you just love to hate him.
Style Of Writing: Bernard Cornwell writes well ...more
The main character of the book must be the ...more
As with the Sharpe books, Cornwell is at his ...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 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
Doch fühlte ich mich beim Lesen von Starbuc ...more
Unfortunately for Starbuck, he finds himself on the wrong end of a Southern mob as he's discovered to be both a Northerner and the son of a prominent abolitionist preacher. In th ...more