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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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