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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (641 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Jakes Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Jakes, the acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times bestselling North and South Trilogy, returns to the Civil War with On Secret Service—the story of two couples, divided by war and allegiance, who discover that love doesn’t take sides. A Rebel sympathizer’s affection for a former Pinkerton detective turned Union agent cannot save him from the horrors of a Richmond prison. A Confederate officer sacrifices his rank to save an actress taken captive while posing as a Union soldier. Overshadowing them all is an actor’s outspoken hatred of Abraham Lincoln—and a date with destiny that would shock a nation and change the course of history…

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  • On Secret Service draws you back into the Civil War and the wrenching days preceding Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The factual details are simply astonishing: You walk the muddy streets, smell the acrid smoke of battlefields, and experience firsthand the inner workings of a vast conspiracy.”

    Patricia Cornwell

  • “The author saves the best for last in dealing with Lincoln’s assassination, bringing the drama to life by giving each of his protagonists a crucial role as the conspiracy unfolds with expert pacing and suspense. Jakes uncovers the little-known history of espionage and counterespionage during the War Between the States with his signature combination of meticulous research and epic narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gripping, exciting, and historically accurate…A very good book.”

    Library Journal

  • “An absorbing study of how human affairs stubbornly fall outside the simplistic categories of ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “John Jakes has written another fine historical novel about his favorite period—the Civil War…Jakes is a wonderful storyteller, mixing fiction with fact and capturing the feel and flavor of that turbulent time.”

    Sunday Oklahoman

  • “Perhaps no author has made popularized American history more his own province than John Jakes…[He] does the invaluable service of any historical writer in transforming history’s dusty pages into a living account. An excellent job of conveying the horror of that war now dimmed by the passage of the years.”

    Florida Times-Union

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krista | 1/28/2014

    " Story of the FBI's origins in the Civil War -- compelling characters and story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bianca Jane Manahane | 1/25/2014

    " I love novels that I can easily picture as films, and this piece is definitely one of them. All the action that follows within the era just keep the book exciting! Also, the "forbidden love" discovered within the lives of the characters is what really kept me entertained! As a plus, I felt it was really faithful to the time and place it was set in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erin | 1/9/2014

    " I love most of John Jakes' books and am totally hooked on Civil War period novels. This was disappointing though because it read more like a history book and I never really felt connected to the characters or really cared what happened to them. It seemed promising though, about a spy from the north crossing enemy lines and of course falling in love with the beautiful southern bell but it was actually pretty boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 1/5/2014

    " john jakes doesnt change much "

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