The beloved Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck returns to the front lines of the Civil War in this second installment of Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. It is the summer of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied but victorious at the battles of Ball's Bluff and Seven Pines. But he can't escape his Northern roots, and it is only a matter of time until h...more
Historical fiction concerning events during the American civil war.
Once again a good mixture of historical fact wrapped up in entertaining fiction.
The Confederate forces are all but a spent force and the Northern forces are on the brink of finishing this war once and for all. But as the book says “it’s not over till the pig stops squealing”. Just when the Confederate Army can see nothing but defeat ahead of them a miracle happens ‘General Robert E, Lee’ comes into h ...more
Adam, Washington Faulconer's son and good Virginian, now a major, is so distraught by what he feels is an unjust war, that he decides to feed important information about rebel positions to the Yankees. Nate, the Bostonian, discovers that hi ...more
There’s a surprising lack of military material here. I suppos ...more
The story opens with the battle of Ball's Bluff. The Union army manages to approach the Confederate army by surprise. Even though out numbered, the rebel's tenacity and sharp-shooting capabi ...more
This book shows Nate Starbuck as he tried to reconcile his own abandonment of his home northern state and family and his relationship in the south. He finds himself in the midst of the battle of his country and in his soul.
If you enjoy stories from history, creative non-fiction, and the ...more
Our main character, Nate Starbuck is a Northern son of a famous abolitionist who find ...more
The fighting of the Starbuck’s family, who was divided by the war, is the guiding thread of the novel. Nate Starbuck is the main character and the one that gives the name to the novel, because Copperhead is the name given to the people that was born in the states of the Union and had fought with the Confeder ...more
I still maintain that this is the weakest Cornwell series I've read, although it's not terrible.
The battle scenes which bookend this novel are great and vividly described, like all of Cornwell's writing. My issue is that there's very few of them, and the bulk of the book is taken up with espionage and the like. The espionage is actually interesting in a way that you can understand why certain people during the Civil War felt the way they did, especially southerners - who tend to get a blanke ...more
This is a clever story-- full of historical flavor, but at times the historical flavor, as wonderful as it is (specifically the discussion of the cannons and guns and their support system) sometimes obscures and slows the pacing of ...more
There's some awkward and amateurish espionage, and a good deal of moral introspection. It was a pretty fun light read, but I do wish the story would pick up steam.
Another in a long and appreciated series of war talles from master story teller Bernard Cornwell. His take on the American Civil War is as absorbing as it is fun... if the wholesale slaughter of both sides can be called fun. This is the second of four books, and like his Archer tales, and Saxon tales, it builds from the beginning and builds momentum.
Always a good read!