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Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War Paperback – Bargain Price, September 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312587597
  • ASIN: B005B1GL4C
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For their third collaboration, two-time Academy Award–winner Hackman and Lenihan (Justice for None) competently mine Civil War lore to dramatize a prison escape. Southwest Georgia's Andersonville, aka Fort Sumter, was as bad a Confederate POW stockade as the gut-wrenching descriptions here (an Old Testament nightmare) attest. Union Capt. Nathan Parker, commanding the Michigan 5th (aka Parker's Rangers, famed as a mounted infantry unit), is captured along with 23 of his men outside Washington, D.C., during Jubal Early's July 1864 Confederate raid. Two months later, Nathan breaks out, vowing to return and save his soldiers. Between the violent clashes undertaken with his hired guns, Nathan copes by reciting Thoreau and fondly recalling his lover, Darien Crosby. He presses his noble if not reckless mission despite his raiders' slippery loyalties, and the result is a rousing take on familiar territory. (May)
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"Hackman and Lenihan competently mine Civil War lore...gut-wrenching descriptions...a rousing take on familiar territory." --Publishers Weekly
"Deserving of a prominent spot on any historian's bookshelf...A meticulously researched and easy-to-read book." --The Meade County Messenger (Kentucky)
Praise for Justice for None:
“Absorbing . . . recalls classic American courtroom thrillers from To Kill a Mockingbird to Intruder in the Dust.”---Kirkus Reviews
“Interesting plot twists, well-drawn characters . . . and a rich, detailed evocation of rural America in the late 1920s.”---Library Journal

Praise for Wake of the Perdido Star:
“The authors do a fine job of blending historical and technical details into their narrative.” ---Publishers Weekly
“Always entertaining . . . characterization is well done . . .  interesting, well-drawn cast [of characters]”---Library Journal
“An adventure story that earns its place in the esteemed company of such seafaring sagas as Moby Dick and Mutiny on the Bounty.” ---The San Diego Union-Tribune
“A robust seafaring yarn that is equal parts Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson --- with a touch of Steven Spielberg thrown in.”---Winston-Salem Journal
“A swashbuckling sea story of nautical derring-do . . . salted with plenty of action and some fine sea battles.”---Stephen Coonts

 


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The characters didn't seem realistic.
burke
Love it - I think the characters were colorful and the historic contribution strong and accurate.
Laura Hudgins
This novel of the civil war is hard to put down, but in the end it left me feeling empty.
Art King

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Race VINE VOICE on March 5, 2012
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Wow, this was a tough book to finish as an intense reminder about what a terrible time this was in our Nation's history. My quick research revealed that the book is accurate about the Civil War, the prison camps, and the disaster on the river with the returning prisoners. The authors were a good writing team concerning The Wake of the Perdido Star, and I suppose I expected more with this fictional account; of course, it was a painful period without much redeeming value, just a lot of killing, deadly diseases, and mistreatment of one another. A very depressing subject to write about...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By burke on May 15, 2013
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A good read but not a great read. Strangely enough I really feel this could be made into a great movie. I found the subject very interesting but the storyline just didn't do it for me. The characters didn't seem realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brendatabor on May 15, 2012
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I purchased this book for my husband. He is a history buff. He said the book was factual and easy to read.
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This was a gift for my husband who loves civil war novels and history. He says it is worth the time to read it.
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By Laurie G on February 3, 2014
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I chose this book to learn more abt Andersonville.My grt grt Uncle was held prisoner in the Civil War.The first half of the book is a good build up,but the last half was just anti-climatic.I had some issues with editing.Overall this was 340 pages,it could have been shorter,it seemed like there was filler was added to fill in gaps in the story.Good character development.”
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By stoneyb on June 27, 2013
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this is a good story but a little long. heard it was 300 more pages than the 365. that 665 pages way too long
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He said it was okay....felt the story a bit contrived. But he liked the novelty of it being written by Gene Hackman
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Flip on March 13, 2012
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If this book didn't have Gene Hackman's name prominently on the cover I doubt it would have been published. The story is simple yet far-fetched. Characters travel around the USA as if in motor cars not in mid-19th century wartime.

A bit like Lee Child at his worst the characters are generally two-dimensional, even though Lafarge, Joe Toby and Mrs Foster have the potential for better - indeed Mrs Foster seems to be been included merely for a bit of gratuitous sexual titillation. If the authors feel sex is needed I commend to them "Birdsong" and see how to do it properly. Overall the piece has the feel of a film proposal, not a novel.

Unfortunately the writing is badly edited and muddled. For instance, when Captain Parker has disembarked his troops from the fated SS Sultana and bribed an officer "on the SS Pauline Carroll", one is left wondering whether he then has them wait in a shed or aboard the SS Pauline Carroll - which he then writes has yet to arrive. Shortly afterwards the authors invent a message from General Grant (who has implausibly located Parker in Vicksburg in the days following Lincoln's assassination) withdrawing his Medal of Valour or demanding that he become Grant's adjutant. The device serves no purpose save to perhaps illustrate some imagined flaw in Grant's character.

The grammar is poor and unnecessarily verbose. The spoken text has none of the authenticity of say Eudora Welty. A loose reference to Clara Barton is dropped in without either justification or serious research for at the time when the novel is set, Ms Barton's later reputation was yet to be made. The pretensions of the authors are unjustified - the slaughter of the US Civil War is bad enough without a casual reference to Ares, a Greek god of war?
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