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.
Reva read The Bloody Ground by Bernard Cornwell for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here is her review:
This 4th and last in the Starbuck Chronicles ends with the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsberg. Nobody describes war as well as Cornwell, capturing the intensity, emotions and smells of the living and the dead. He’s faithful to historical accuracy while leaving the reader hanging on every word.
Our heroes Adam and Starbuck seem, to me, to be the personification of the war, giving everything for the cause, suffering wounds again and again, growing weaker with each engagement, watching and sharing the death to self for the greater love toward their comrades in arms. There isn’t much personal interaction in this one. Starbuck and the battle itself are the stars of this one.
The Bloody Ground wasn’t supposed to be the end of the series and there is no conclusion. Cornwell became involved in writing television episodes of his long-running Sharpes series and lost interest in continuing the Starbuck Chronicles, mores the pity. I was chagrined, at first, to see that a Brit was writing this American saga, but it only took a few pages to recognize a master wordsmith. I am honored to have read this phenomenal series and now plan to begin his Sharpes series, looking forward to that venture into history’s pages.
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