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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Morgan Narrator: Lia Patal Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9781415912577
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As the war for independence wore on into the 1780s, unrest ruled the Carolinas. Settlers who had cleared the land after the Cherokees withdrew were being mustered for battle as British forces pillaged their hard-won farms. Robert Morgan’s stunning novel tells a story of two people caught in the chaos raging in the wilderness.

After sixteen-year-old Josie Summers murders her abusive stepfather, she runs away from home disguised as a boy. Lost in the woods, she accepts a young preacher’s invitation to assist in his itinerant ministry. Eventually her identity is revealed and affection grows between the two. But when the preacher is kidnapped by British soldiers, Josie disguises herself once again and joins the militia in a desperate attempt to find him.

Brave Enemies is a page-turning story of people brought together by chance and torn apart by war—a story of enduring love and of the struggle to build a homeland.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a plot that tears through the Carolina underbrush like a spooked rabbit, Morgan’s novel of the American Revolution traces the gender-switching drama of Josie Summers, a pioneer girl raised in the same hardscrabble landscape of his 1999 bestseller, Gap Creek.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “At their finest, his stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with the raw, lonesome pathos of Hank Williams’ best songs.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “With tremendous narrative pace, a meticulous eye for colorful detail, and a tight grasp of historical setting and military action, poet and novelist Morgan delivers a rousing and affecting tale of the American Revolution. [A] gripping story of love and desperation.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/18/2014

    " This was my introduction to Robert Morgan and I loved it. I ran across him because I love books that describe the beauty and hardship of life in the Appalachians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 11/9/2013

    " The Carolinas during the Revolutionary War was a rough place. The characters are hounded by British / Loyalists and Colonists. The writing is engaging, although it dragged in the middle. Stick with it, and the action picks back up. The book just ends, so I hope there will be a sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 6/16/2013

    " A little too much religion and not enough history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/11/2013

    " If you like history. . . . you can't miss this! Shows the R war from a personal, everyday perspective. The characters are sooo unique, and yet, just like the rest of us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hal | 4/28/2013

    " An okay way to pass the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 4/7/2013

    " Still great writing by Robert Morgan, but largely just not my topic. The battle - that seemed to take up the last 1/3 of the book - lost me a LOT, but I skimmed through to get to the end. There was too much detail in the part I was not interested in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Norman | 3/7/2012

    " Much better than The Truest Pleasure. Young girl joined American troops, posing as a boy, in American Revolution in order to survive. Her husband served as chaplain to British troops. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/20/2011

    " I found it dragged at times and to speed read sections, which is not really the way I like to read a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 11/11/2011

    " Moderately entertaining, but plot is a little weak as main character's motivations are not believable. Interesting in its recounting of the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowpens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Reed | 9/25/2011

    " Beautifully written story set during the American Revolution. It's got politics, battles, and an unlikely love story. It's worth reading for the beautiful language alone, which is spare and yet exacting. There is a bit of head jumping which can be jarring at first. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/21/2011

    " Pretty good story, but a little slow to read. The details of life in Revolutionary War-era America were well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnja (Lynn) | 7/10/2011

    " I enjoyed the content but didn't enjoy the writing style. I thought it was written for pre-teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/6/2011

    " this book takes place during the revolutionary war...i really enjoy this guy's writing (even though he wrote Boone, which i am still trying to get through) and look forward to reading more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Kennedy | 5/3/2011

    " Heartbreaking characters that will stay with you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/28/2011

    " Much better than The Truest Pleasure. Young girl joined American troops, posing as a boy, in American Revolution in order to survive. Her husband served as chaplain to British troops. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 2/12/2010

    " I enjoyed the content but didn't enjoy the writing style. I thought it was written for pre-teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/14/2009

    " this book takes place during the revolutionary war...i really enjoy this guy's writing (even though he wrote Boone, which i am still trying to get through) and look forward to reading more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/31/2009

    " If you like history. . . . you can't miss this! Shows the R war from a personal, everyday perspective. The characters are sooo unique, and yet, just like the rest of us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hal | 5/7/2009

    " An okay way to pass the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 7/19/2008

    " Moderately entertaining, but plot is a little weak as main character's motivations are not believable. Interesting in its recounting of the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowpens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/2/2008

    " A little too much religion and not enough history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/3/2008

    " Beautifully written story set during the American Revolution. It's got politics, battles, and an unlikely love story. It's worth reading for the beautiful language alone, which is spare and yet exacting. There is a bit of head jumping which can be jarring at first. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/15/2008

    " Pretty good story, but a little slow to read. The details of life in Revolutionary War-era America were well done. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan, a poet and novelist raised on land settled by his Welch ancestors, is a native of North Carolina mountains that act as the backdrop for his intensely personal writing. He has won the James B. Hanes Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and the Jacaranda Review Fiction Prize.