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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wind Books (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956033016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956033017
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,535,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Bernard on April 12, 2010
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"A Friendly Little War" by John Sherman is a wonderful book. Written beautifully, based on solid history, the author interweaves high level intrigue, war, a murder mystery,and a love story with sophistication, urbanity, and a wry humor. The characters are believable and when you are finished you find yourself wishing for more so that you can follow some of your new friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alasdair Mcbarnet on March 29, 2010
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Great tale, that will unfortunately be without a successor, following the 19th century ficticious American character Charles Bartlett. A rivetting action/adventure story that roams through the intrigues of politicians and generals through Europe, America and Mexico. A Friendly Little War is an action-filled saga of one mans journey through nineteenth century diplomacy.

This beautifully written novel is a must read for anyone who either: likes action/adventure stories, enjoys learning about history, appreciates beautiful writing, or has a fascination with the the American Civil War and things military.

An engrossing read from start to finish.
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Through the funny, touching story of Charles Bartlett, John Sherman casts light on many of the less understood facets of the Civil War and international diplomacy of the time. Each thread is fascinating: the French manipulation in Mexico, the Irish rebels, the influence-greedy Brits and the haphazard and deeply human nature of all wars. Sherman, with the help of a great ear for dialogue and deep knowledge of the subject, weaves these threads into a novel that is not only uncommonly illuminating but also truly gripping and terrifically good fun.
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Reading this book is like watching an adventure movie. John Sherman's novel is replete with action, intrigue, mystery, and romance in a fascinating 19c historical settings in three countries. The characters come to life with telling personalities. Charles Bartlett -- the Major in the US Army - is intelligent and sensitive, often engaged in bizarre military missions most of which prove successful. Katherine Carra comes forth as a beautiful and secretive young widow suspected of deceit - or worse. Duke of Morny, the French envoy assigned with establishing French influence over Mexico - is cunning, courtly and capable of brutality. Robert Jones - the naval officer son of a Russian father and Mexican mother - is a coarse and daring natural leader. Greater historical personages with brief appearances - but believable parts - are Abraham Lincoln, Emperor Napoleon III, Lord John Russell (British foreign secretary), future Mexican president Porfirio Diaz, and General Sherman, the author's own distant relative. Besides being entertained throughout, the reader will develop considerable respect for author John Sherman's mastery of description, dialogue, vocabulary, and insights into the psyche of the main characters. By unweaving the novel's story lines, cinematographers could find material for three screenplays- the US North and South with England during the US Civil War; Ireland and England after the potato famine; and France and Archduke Maximilian in pre-revolutionary Mexico. Alternatively, TV producers could transform the novel into a compelling miniseries. For now, readers are treated to a suspenseful, clever and often humorous page-turner.
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