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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jimmy Carter Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The first work of fiction by a President of the United States, this is a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence.

In this ambitious novel, Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South. This is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that much of the fight for independence took place in that region and that it was a struggle of terrible brutality, with neighbor turned against neighbor, the Indians’ support sought by both sides, no quarter asked or given. The Hornet’s Nest follows a cast of characters on both sides of this violent conflict—including some who are based on the author’s ancestors.

At the heart of the story is Ethan Pratt, who in 1766 moves with his wife from Philadelphia to North Carolina and then to Georgia in 1767. On their homesteads in Georgia, Ethan and his wife form a friendship with neighbors, Kindred Morris and his wife. Through Kindred and his young Indian friend, Ethan learns about the frontier and the Native American tribes who are being continually pressed further inland by settlers. As the eight-year war develops, Ethan and Kindred find themselves in life-and-death combat with opposing forces.

With a moving love story, vivid action, and a war fought with increasing ferocity and stealth, The Hornet’s Nest is historical fiction in the tradition of such major classics as The Last of the Mohicans.

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  • “It is not surprising that a history-maker would turn to history for fictional inspiration; what is surprising is the effectiveness of his debut effort.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luke | 2/20/2014

    " Nice history of the Revolutionary War from the southern perspective. The historical facts were great. The character development was a little strange. Still, enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shawn | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting premise but a dry and stilted writing style made it difficult to get through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marvin | 2/15/2014

    " Because of my respect for Carter and my interest in the history of the revolutionary era, I wanted to like this, but it's really stiff, especially the dialogue. It's as if he set out to write a social history of the American Revolution in the South, then edited it to change it into a fictional account. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Timothy | 2/11/2014

    " A fairly decent historical novel. "

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