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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a startling and brilliantly successful departure, James Lee Burke,one of America’s most celebrated authors of crime fiction, has written a historical novel—an epic story of love, hate, and survival set against the tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

1861. Two young Southerners, friends despite their differing political views and backgrounds, enlist in the 18th Louisiana regiment of the Confederate Army. Robert Perry, wealthy and privileged, and irreverent Willie Burke, the son of Irish immigrants, face the trials of battle and find redemption in the love of a passionate and committed abolitionist, Abigail Downing, and in the courageous struggle of Flower Jamison, a beautiful slave. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, and penetrating a landscape of shattering Civil War bloodshed as few novels have, this epic from an American literary giant endows readers with the gift of experiencing the past through new eyes, while its timeless prose style—at once luminous and brutal—ensures that the legacy of this bloodiest of conflicts will never be lost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] Civil War blockbuster…Extraordinary.”


  • “Violent, lyrical, and engrossing…The man has a touch of the poet in him.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “ An epic filmed in tight focus, however, taking us from secession to Reconstruction at an intensely personal level. ”


  • “In lyrical and evocative prose, Burke depicts both the boredom and horror of army life and the injustices visited upon blacks and poor whites by the "haves" in Southern society. He starkly conveys the desperation felt by those who have no power or voice and vividly creates a sense of place and character.”

    Library Journal

  • “This moving morality play shows a different dimension of this gifted writer.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ly Vuong | 2/10/2014

    " A Civil War fiction, which is quite a change from detective/mystery genre. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allyson | 2/8/2014

    " I have owned this book for years and lent it out to family and friends but hadn't read it myself. Wish I hadn;t waited so long!! Great novel of the Civil War, but not so much about the war itself, but about the people affected by war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 1/20/2014

    " This is not Gone With the Wind (a book I dearly love). It is, however, compelling reading. The main characters are interesting, as are the situations in which they find themselves. The book is probably a more realistic depiction than that of Gone With the Wind---it's definitely grittier. If you are fascinated by the Civil War you will probably enjoy this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Hilton | 1/15/2014

    " This is an excellent novel about the Civil War, set in the neighborhood that Burke's protagonist, Detective Dave Robicheax, now inhabits. It is based on real people and has that wonderful Cajun-country feel that all Burke's Louisiana tales portray. "

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