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3.00111982082867 out of 53.00111982082867 out of 53.00111982082867 out of 53.00111982082867 out of 53.00111982082867 out of 5 3.00 (1,786 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Starbuck Chronicles Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455177325
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Young Nate Starbuck, the son of a famous Boston abolitionist preacher, flees the North after helping a femme fatale steal money she claimed was hers. When Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches him from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, Nate is both grateful to and awed by his idealistic rescuer. He agrees to join the newly formed Faulconer’s Legion—even though it means fighting against his native North.

But Nate’s dilemma is only one of many within the Legion. Faulconer’s own son cannot bring himself to fight, while his daughter’s cheating fiancé plots for control of the family fortune. As they come together to march into battle, the men of Faulconer’s Legion are prepared to start a war, but they aren’t ready for how they—and the nation—will be forever changed by the oaths they have sworn for their beloved South.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast paced and exciting…Cornwell—and Starbuck—don’t disappoint.”

    Birmingham News

  • “The book is well paced and filled with the historical details genre fans demand. Cornwell is at his best in action sequences…which are described in taut, gripping prose…[This] highly entertaining novel will appeal to many, especially in the South.”

    Publishers Weekly     

  • “Highly recommended for historicity, plotting, and general excitement.”

    Library Journal

  • “Wonderful stuff. Starbuck is a worthy hero…and the battle scenes are presented with real mastery. They hurt.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dolph Flint | 5/22/2017

    " Bernard Cornwell is one of the greatest historical storytellers of all time. In REBEL, he builds a tale of human foibles, failings and weaknesses culminating in an epic achievement. The characterizations in this book are so captivating, the reader will feel sorry they haven't met the subjects in real life. Descriptions of places and things are such that the reader/listener feels they are there. The narrator is marvelously skilled at using different voices and accents to enable the listener to instantly distinguish which character is speaking. Overall, a fantastic listening experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Rogowski | 2/18/2014

    " Had to take the book back to the library but read about 225pgs. Not too bad of a book overall, nothing terribly exciting happened. A lot of character descriptions and details but action is not on the front burner for this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 2/14/2014

    " BC is awesome, as always. I will be reading the whole series immediately. Nathaniel Starbuck stumbles into the Civil War amidst an interesting, well-told, even haunting story. I really wish there were more writers out there doing this kind of thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Makenna | 2/9/2014

    " A strange plot, too many characters, too much action and over-busy. Horrid for me :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/31/2014

    " Not really my genre, but a good story. The fight scenes were a bit gory. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracy Murphy | 1/31/2014

    " I just could not get into this book. I love historical fiction, and am a civil war history buff. I thought this book would be a good read. But no- I am not even going to finish it. I hated the characters in this book- all of them. The story line was irritating- wish I could say why, but it just bothered me. Life is too short to read uninteresting books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Stearman | 1/24/2014

    " after an unpromising start (10 'young man's' in the first 2 pages) I actually enjoyed the book once it got going. Not sure I'll bother with the rest if the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/24/2014

    " I thought this was an incredible book. Excellent description of battle scenes and good character building. Can't Wait to read the next one! If you're a fan of historical fiction and more precisely the American Civil War, this book is the way to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/22/2014

    " Just as dramatic and gory as one would want and expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Wilson | 1/19/2014

    " The Starbuck Chronicles are excellant. This man's research is amazing. Reading this, you'd almost think he was an American. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/18/2014

    " Not quite good as the others Cornwell sagas's. Good historical placement, but the pace is awfully slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shay | 1/2/2014

    " i really enjoyed this historical fiction about the lead-up to the first battle in the civil war. the characters are interesting and nuanced and the books moves at a good pace. i'll be interested to read more in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xthun | 12/26/2013

    " classical sharpe, but in US "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Wilson Atwood | 11/30/2013

    " For a Brit, he knows his Civil War. As usual, Cornwell's research is his talent along with spinning a yarn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis Bughi | 10/17/2013

    " Normally, I really like Bernard Cornwell, like a lot, but I think I already knew too much about the American Civil War to get deep into "Rebel." It was a good read but didn't convince me to continue with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 9/24/2013

    " My second Cornwell, this one a different series which I think I'll continue. Protagonist Nathaniel Starbuck is a northern boy who finds himself in the Confederate ranks during the battle of Bull Run. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 7/22/2013

    " I didn't think the main character was very interesting, and really couldn't understand how he could decide to join the South in the war. The battle scenes were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 7/3/2013

    " Very nice book, giving a good inner view of the civil war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darlene | 11/11/2012

    " The first boring Cornwell book I've read so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Kappel | 7/31/2012

    " Really good Civil War series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lordaaron | 7/16/2012

    " Not usually a fan of Civil War era, but Cornwell delivers excellent characters set in any time period. I will venture onto the next Starbuck book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat O'halloran | 7/13/2011

    " Disappointing first book in the series, for me too much scene building and not enough action "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 7/4/2011

    " didnt quite get into this series like the sharpe series still a fair read just not my interest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lars | 6/30/2011

    " it was a very well written civil war novel also unlike other civil war novels where they just talk about the war this series also talks about the people of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 5/29/2011

    " How Cornwell is able to churn out so many diffuse, highly researched and incredibly entertaining novels is beyond me. This is the first in his US Civil War series. Great summer reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 4/18/2011

    " Plenty of good action. There's even a "cliffhanger" at the end. This one goes out to all Civil War fiction fans in honor of its 150th anniversary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 4/18/2011

    " after an unpromising start (10 'young man's' in the first 2 pages) I actually enjoyed the book once it got going. Not sure I'll bother with the rest if the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/16/2011

    " For a Brit, he knows his Civil War. As usual, Cornwell's research is his talent along with spinning a yarn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/28/2011

    " The Starbuck Chronicles are excellant. This man's research is amazing. Reading this, you'd almost think he was an American. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 2/16/2011

    " I know that Bernard Cornwall's books follow a similar pattern and thus it is the context that makes them stand out. I like this series and eagerly await the next episode. I also like the Vikig series, but not Sharpe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luckngrace | 12/31/2010

    " I was put off at first by Mr. Cornwell's portrayal of Southern people as vacuous, arrogant and naive beyond belief. After all, Cornwell IS a Brit! However, his story swallowed me up in no time and I fully intend to read all 4 of this Starbuck Series and then move on to his other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/30/2010

    " Took a long time to get going and was a little tedious with the battle descriptions, but overall it was ejoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 5/18/2010

    " I kept waiting for it to get somewhere, but in vain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 5/5/2010

    " Not really my genre, but a good story. The fight scenes were a bit gory. "

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About the Author
Author Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.