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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (892 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Dick Hill, Susie Breck Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ballad Novels Release Date:
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In 1861 the Civil War reached the mountainous South—where the enemy was your neighbor, the victims were your friends, and the wrong army was whichever one you joined. When Malinda Blalock’s husband, Keith, joined the army, she dressed as a boy and went with him. They spent the war close to home in the North Carolina mountains, acting as Union guerrilla fighters, raiding the farms of Confederate sympathizers and making as much trouble as they could locally. As hard riding, deadly out-laws, Keith and Malinda avenged Confederate raids on their kin and neighbors. McCrumb also brings to her story the larger-than-life narrative of the historical political figure Zebulon Vance, a self-made man and Confederate governor, who was from the mountains and fought for the interests of Appalachia within the hierarchy of the Confederacy. Linking the forces of historical unrest with the present-day stories of mountain wisefolk Rattler and Nora Bonesteel, McCrumb weaves two overlapping narratives. It is up to Nora Bonesteel and Rattler to calm the Civil War ghosts who are still wandering the mountains, and prevent a clash between the living and the dead. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Delafieldlib | 2/13/2014


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annette | 2/2/2014

    " This is a wonderful book. It starts in modern times Appalachia where civil war enthusiasts meet to renact a certain battle. However, their presence is stirring up something that they didn't bargain for; hence, the name of the book. The book takes you back into the history of real people who lived during the time of the civil war and shows that a lot of people were not too happy to be considered a confederate or a yank depending on which state line you lived over and forced to fight kin who happened to live over the other state line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lewis | 2/2/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of the Civil War in the NC mountains. All that talk of Morganton reminded me of friends....well written and fascinating tale of the division that is rarely discussed in secesh country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer B | 1/17/2014

    " This was my first foray into Civil War fiction- inspired by my Civil War scholar of a friend I thought I would give it a try. Also it focused on Western NC, and being able to recognize many of the towns McCrumb described was and added incentive.It is told through three semi-related narratives; that of a group of civil war re-enactors, and the intertwining stories of Zebulon Vance, a Confederate governor and Malinda Blalock and her husband Keith for whom she dressed as a man to follow into war. I loved Malinda Blalock- she is tough and bare bones practical about just about everything. She and Keith were forced into the war as confederate soldiers and finished as Union guerrillas. Malinda as a narrator adds a pragmatic and weary voice that I found very likable. The third story line was Tom Gentry, his story is current day and he has gone into the Appalachian mountains to die. I don't think this story line worked very well... It was very difficult to see its significance or relevance. Other than the Ghost Riders tie-in, on whom I don't think McCrumb spent enough time. I would have liked her to have explored them a bit more. Though subtlety seems to be the real theme of the book with the Ghost Riders being the inescapable shadow that we can't quite see looking at straight on. Overall I enjoyed the story. McCrumb does a great job of presenting what the war looked like to those in Western NC. I was surprised when I got to the end of the book, all of a sudden it was just done... with no real satisfactory resolution of the story lines--I guess that mimics the war whose story it tells. "

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