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Galveston (Far Western Civil War Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

P.G. Nagle
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The Battle of Valverde is over, and Jamie Russell, now a Confederate war hero, returns home to his family. Jamie's sister Emma has been shattered by the death of her true love at Valverde. Worried about their daughter, Jamie's parents convince him to escort Emma to Galveston. Emma will have a chance to escape her monotonous life on the ranch, become a lady, and perhaps leave the memory of death behind her.

Jamie soon discovers that Galveston lacks the defenses it needs to ward off a Union naval attack. Troubled by leaving his sister and aunt in a place susceptible to Union takeover, Jamie returns to his unit and begs with Confederate officers to have Galveston's defenses strengthened. His pleas fall on deaf ears. Union warships arrive in Galveston Bay, taking it for the Federals and confirming Jamie's worst fears. Now Jamie must travel back to Galveston in a secret Confederate operation to reclaim the city and rescue his family.

"Pat Nagle's Galveston wonderfully recreates the exciting atmosphere of the Island City during the Civil War, bringing to life the mostly real characters in the drama with historical accuracy, yet telling the story in an engaging way that is sure to captivate any reader. It will appeal to serious students of history as well as the casual reader looking for a good story. Some of the best fiction written about Texas history."

—Edward T. Cotham, Jr., author of Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston

"Galveston is a tender, evocative and powerful rendering of a great Civil War battle, and the families, lovers and men at arms caught in it. It is a compelling novel, richly wrought, with the special grace of authenticity. I was swiftly caught up in it. Ms. Nagle writes a memorable story that will linger long in the heart of any reader."

—Richard S. Wheeler

"Nagle's textured depiction of battlefields and society balls—and . . . keen understanding of the psychology of both of these proving grounds—should once again please."

—Publishers Weekly

"Lively, compelling historical fiction."

—Kirkus

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Young Confederate soldier Jamie Russell makes a return appearance in Galveston, P.G. Nagle's sequel to The Guns of Valverde. Jamie returns home from Valverde to accompany his sister, Emma, who's bitterly grieving a husband lost in battle, to their aunt's home in Galveston, Tex., where a touch of civilization and city life is supposed to revive the young widow's spirits. Instead, the city is attacked by the Union Army. Jamie takes part in a Confederate scheme to retake the city, while Emma does her part as an army nurse. Nagle's textured depiction of battlefields and society balls-and his keen understanding of the psychology of both of these proving grounds-should once again please his fans and other Civil War buffs.
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"Pat Nagle's Galveston wonderfully recreates the exciting atmosphere of the Island City during the Civil War, bringing to life the mostly real characters in the drama with historical accuracy, yet telling the story in an engaging way that is sure to captivate any reader. It will appeal to serious students of history as well as the casual reader looking for a good story. Some of the best fiction written about Texas history."

--Edward T. Cotham, Jr., author of Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston on this historical novel

"Galveston is a tender, evocative and powerful rendering of a great Civil War battle, and the families, lovers and men at arms caught in it. It is a compelling novel, richly wrought, with the special grace of authenticity. I was swiftly caught up in it. Ms. Nagle writes a memorable story that will linger long in the heart of any reader."

--Richard S. Wheeler on this historical novel

"Nagle's textured depiction of battlefields and society balls--and . . . keen understanding of the psychology of both of these proving grounds--should once again please."

--Publishers Weekly on this historical novel

"Lively, compelling historical fiction."

--Kirkus on this historical novel

Product Details

  • File Size: 2980 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312876149
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evennight Books (October 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A155X2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Series... December 4, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A good read for time traveling outdoors from the comfort of your armchair. The series covers a view of the Civil War in the West (New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and the Mississipi-Red River) that is refreshing. The descriptions of outdoor New Mexico, Galveston and Louisiana/Missippi in the Civil War period of the 1860's are fascinating and transporting. The series is an easy, comfortable read probably best started at the beginning with Glorietta Pass, but could be started with any book without much backtracking. P.G. Nagle provides a comfortably realistic set of characters, which to me, provide neither a uniquely feminine nor masculine view of War life-- quite a trick to pull off well in what is essentially a long story of the Civil War. The changing society of of the Civil War offers a contrast between the raw frontier in New Mexico and early pre-industrial city life in bigger cities like Galveston and Houston. The effects of railroads and steam-driven shipping on the West is caught in a frozen picture of change within the narrow timeframe of the Civil War. While I found this series to be interesting adult fiction, they would make a fine gift for an avid teenage reader as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view of the Civil War in Texas December 18, 2010
Format:Hardcover
First a newbies' confession: This is the first book that I have won for early review and the first book that I have read on my new kindle. PG Nagle's Galveston is the third book her Western Civil War series. As such, the book can stand alone without reading the other 2 books of the series.

As a historical novel, Nagle writes with imagery that really puts you in the time period. From cinders flying off a steam engine, to the fashions of the day, the vivid descriptions of sight sound and smell put you as a reader into the scenes. Likewise, the dialog seems appropriate for the period. The book was well researched and the quotes that began each chapter were interesting.

The narratives alternate from the Union to the Confederate characters though out the novel, the change in perspective keep the pages flying. In all it was a very good read and I am adding the first two novels of the series to my reading list .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous story amidst the Civil War in the West October 21, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the third book of a four book series about the Civil War in the Far West. I enjoyed the first book, "Glorieta Pass" quite a bit but I did see flaws in it. The second book, "The Guns of Valverde" was much less enjoyable although still not a bad book. I've been delaying reading this third book because of that, worried that the series was deteriorating. However, I was way off base. This novel was thoroughly enjoyable and I'm now really looking forward to the last book of the series, "Red River", which has just been published in paperback.

This is not a civil war book that is filled with battle scenes. Quite the contrary. We follow three main characters through the story. Jaime is a confederate soldier, formerly of the Quartermaster corps but he now commands an artillery battery. He's been with us since the first book. We also follow his sister, Emma, as well as a Union naval ship master, Quincy. Galveston, Texas is the scene as Union ships set up a naval blockade and invade the town while Confederate forces fight back. There is really only one major battle scene in the book, at the climax near the end, but the mounting tension throughout the novel makes for a great story. The story builds for the first half of the book as the players move into place and we get to see elements of the society of the times. That's what I like about historical fiction, a chance to "live" in the times represented. There is lots of good characterization here as we experience day-to-day living with these characters, see their ups and downs, fret over relationships and hope for better times. Ms Nagle seems to have grown as a story teller with this entry and I plan to move the last book of the series up on my reading list.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit long September 19, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a historical novel, a sequel to 2 books the author wrote that covered in some detail the Battles of Valverde and Glorieta Pass, which are the 2 battles of the American Civil War that were fought in New Mexico. Texas invaded early in the conflict, hoping to conquer New Mexico Territory and acquire for itself the gold there, which they thought would help finance their war for independence. The invasion was poorly led and organized, and ultimately fell apart in spite of the bravery of some of the Confederate participants. There were Union soldiers there who were brave also, and the books take time to recount both sides.

This 3rd book mostly revolves around a Confederate soldier from the earlier book, and his family. His aunt has decided to relocate to Galveston from the state's interior, blithely waving off the possibility of the Union Navy capturing the place, and our hero must go and visit her, and ultimately rescue her, when the Yankees do capture the city. The picture of 1860's Galveston, which apparently rivaled New Orleans at the time in both size and importance, was interesting, but the book takes too long to get to the climax, which is disappointingly short and anti-climactic. Some of the characters (notably the aunt, who's a hoot) are fun, but the overall book takes way too long to get where it's going.
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