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
But each of these books captures the strategy and the battle movements better than many other fiction and non-fiction accounts of the war.
Starbuck is a bit of a rogue, which makes him more likeable. And Cornwell's research and background for each battle is astounding.
This time around, Starbu ...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
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
Fourth in the series if is very exciting and will not let you put it down. My grandfather got me hooked on Civil War History as a little girl and I have read a great deal of fiction and non fiction about the war. This series is top notch.
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
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
Renata de Ri ...more
We see the usual features, a story told through the point of view of an outsider, in this case Nathaniel Starbuck is a Northerner fighting for the south in the American Civil War. The plot device of a powerful enemy seeking to destroy Starbuck by assigning him to a suicide mission, the command of a dysfuncti ...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
Despite those last 4 words, this is actaully (currently) the final entry in Bernard Cornwell's American Civil War Starbuck series: a series, I have to say, that never really gelled for me as much as his more famous Sharpe series, or his more recent Saxon Tales (that started with The Last Kingdom.
I've said before, and I'll probably say again, I'm not sure whether that is to do with the setting - I would be interested to hear whether these books are more popular in Amer ...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
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
The story from the point of view of a confederate soldier is challenging. I read the battles while taking the side of the confederate army and that felt a little awkward. But ...more
Having read all 4 books in one go, I can see the faults in the series - exposition about each character in each book, similarity to Sharp, etc, but they all have great battle scenes and good character conflicts. Reading them has taught me a bit about the early part of the American Civil War and made me want to learn more.
There was very detailed battle narration which I find hard to visualise. At the end I was disappointed that thee was no conclusion to the Starbuck story. There is obviously plenty of content for another book to establish how the we finished and if Starbuck survived what happened to him.