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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kiana Davenport Narrator: Todd Haberkorn Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781469205632
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Thrust into the savagery of the Civil War, a Chinese immigrant serving in the Union Army, a nurse doubling as a spy for the North, and a one-armed Confederate cavalryman find their lives inextricably entwined.

Fleeing drought and famine in China, Johnny Tom arrives in America with dreams of becoming a citizen. Having survived vigilantes hunting “yellow dogs” and slave auction- blocks, Johnny is kidnapped from his Mississippi village by Confederate soldiers, taken from his wife and daughter, and forced to fight for the South. Eventually defecting to the Union side, he is promised American citizenship in exchange for his loyal services. But first Johnny must survive the butchery of battles and the cruelties inflicted on non-white soldiers.

Desperate to find Johnny, his daughter, Era, is enlisted as a spy. She agrees to work as a nurse at Confederate camps while scouting for the North. Amidst the unspeakable carnage of wounded soldiers, she finds solace in Warren Petticomb, a cavalryman who lost an arm at Shiloh. As devastation mounts in both armies, Era must choose where her loyalties lie—with her beloved father in the North, or with the man who passionately sustains her in the South.

A novel of extraordinary scope that will stand as a defining work on the Chinese immigrant experience, The Spy Lover is a paean to the transcendence of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val Wilkerson | 1/28/2014

    " If I could give it more then 5 stars I would. Kiana Davenport is one of my favorite authors. This was the first book of hers I have read that did not take place in Hawaii. This was about the civil war. Three main characters, Johnnie Tom, Era and Warren. Johnnie Tom is chinese, the father of Era. He is fighting in the war. Warren is fighting on the opposite side of Johnnie Tom. Era is a nurse on the battlefields. The characters have stayed with me since I finished the book about a week ago. Kiana you never disappoint. I learned things I didn't know about the civil war. I love your writing. I await your next book. Thank you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this book even though it is about a Chinese immigrant in the Civil War! Beautiful writing, great characters and a good cry at the end, what more can you ask for? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 12/31/2013

    " This book was like a documentary with a story line thrown in to keep the reader interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 12/30/2013

    " Got this in a giveaway. Amazing read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Westbarb | 12/25/2013

    " Set in the Civil War, it was from the perspective a Chinese soldier and his family and the struggle between the two sides. It is quite graphic in description of war life and injuries but probably realistic. I would recommend to anyone interested in history and the Civil War, very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margo Stebbing | 12/18/2013

    " Truly great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Odetta | 4/10/2013

    " Kiana Davenport channels stories related to her heritage. From her first book, Shark Dialogues, forward, she weaves beautifully and horrifically detailed stories of love, loss, and redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/27/2012

    " Fascinating story of hidden history... Also good at depicting the realistic horrors of the civil war in a non romanticized way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Davenport | 8/23/2012

    " A beautiful book about an ugly time in history. Lyrical. Worth reading. "

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About the Author
Author Kiana Davenport

Kiana Davenport is the author of the novels House of Many Gods, Song of the Exile, and Shark Dialogues, and two story collections, House of Skin and Cannibal Nights. A native Hawaiian, her novels and stories have won numerous awards and have been translated into twenty languages.

About the Narrator

Tatiana Sokolov narrates a variety of fiction, but she especially likes saucy romances. She lives in the Midwest with her menagerie of pets.