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Galveston (Far Western Civil War Book 3) Kindle Edition

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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)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A155X2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By Lady Dragoness on March 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Galveston is the third of P.G. Nagle's Far Western Civil War series, and takes place mainly in Texas. I have not yet read the prior two volumes in this series. While enough reference is made to earlier events to make the reader curious, Galveston can be read as a stand-alone novel despite being part of a larger story. It is connected to the other novels in the series mainly by the characters involved. Events depicted in this novel do not heavily depend on what came before, yet the context in which these events occurred may be better understood by reading the previous novels in this series.

For the most part, I found Galveston to be well-written and captivating. I had trouble putting it down... but there was a small language issue - or I thought so at first. The dialogue seemed a bit stilted and unnatural to me, so I stopped and gave some further thought to the dialoge and the historical setting. The American Civil War took place about 150 years ago. Given that the English language is growing and evolving, it seems to me that the differences in the characters' speech and the way English is spoken today can be attributed to the evolution of our language in that interval of time. I have no doubt the English language as spoken in the mid-19th century was quite different than the English langage as spoken in this 21st century. Once allowing for the changes that occur to a living langage over time, I gave no further thought to some of the sentence structure of the dialoge being odd to the ear... By then, I was too involved in the story to care about any oddness overly much anyway.

I loved the historical background around and within which the charaters interacted with each other, and I will most definitely seek out the remainder of this series to read them in order.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Thomas VINE VOICE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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