Review: REBEL by Bernard Cornwell

Some participants do not have blogs of their own, but we like to give them an opportunity to express their opinions about the books they read for the reading challenges.

In this case, Reva has sent along a few words on her recent read for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge.  She read Rebel by Bernard Cornwell.

Here’s what she had to say:

I was frustrated at first because this British author would portray Southerners as vaporous, vacuous, arrogant, naive, clueless, frivolous, even silly. As I continued on into the story, I literally got swallowed up in the tale and fully intend to finish the other 3 Starbuck Chronicles before the end of this challenge.

Chaos reigns here as the lost Yankee boy fights for the South, countless men fight in a war they never wanted but don’t know how to withdraw honorably and nothing is as it seems. My favorite part is watching the characters learn and grow in character, although that seems, even to me, to be a lie. After all, so much unspeakable horror is perpetrated by and for these same people. Well, are you as confused as me? Guess I’ll go ahead and jump into Copperhead…stay tuned…

Thanks, Reva, for sharing your thoughts.

**Attention participants:  Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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2 Comments

  1. This sounds like you really got hooked. I’ve not decided about the books to read for this challenge, but I shall surely check out Rebel.

  2. I have always enjoyed Bernard Cornwell’s books, expecially his Archer’s Tale series and this sounds like another winner. I will have to look for it and think about it for the Civil War challenge.


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