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The Guns of Valverde (Far Western Civil War Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

P.G. Nagle
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The Texan Confederate army under General Henry H. Sibley, their supply train destroyed by the 1st Colorado Union Volunteers at Glorieta Pass, have only one prize remaining: a battery of Union artillery captured at the Battle of Valverde. The Texans, their force decimated, dispirited by the absence of fallen comrades, are determined to have some glory to show for their terrible losses. But standing in their way are Union Captain Alastar O'Brien and the Colorado Volunteers.

Young quartermaster Jamie Russell, wounded and taken prisoner by Union forces, devises a way to bring the guns to Texas. He escapes, convinces Sibley's brain trust to try his desperate scheme, and his plan becomes grim reality as both the Blue and the Gray are inexorably drawn into the deadly drama that is the Civil War.

The captivating sequel to the critically acclaimed GLORIETA PASS

"Nagle, as before, does a deft job of weaving together the personal struggles of her characters with the broader texture of the war. Her portrait of the brutal campaign itself, of the unforgiving terrain where it was fought, and of the desperate adversaries who mounted it, is clear and gripping. Lively, compelling historical fiction."


“Lauded for her research as well as her terrific storytelling skills, Nagle . . . gives life and depth to characters on both sides of the battle lines while telling a host of secondary tales. Pointing up human foibles as well as detailing the hardships and the horrors of war, this is a worthwhile read.”


“Like her stunning Glorieta Pass, Nagle's second novel is a realistic blend of history and fiction, but what holds your interest are the multidimensional characters. . . .Her novels . . . are not so much stories of war as they are insightful looks at the effects of war on people.”

—New Mexico Magazine

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Nagle's second novel is the expected sequel to last year's Glorieta Pass, continuing her melodramatic saga of the Civil War in the Southwest. Warfare in the rugged mountains and harsh deserts of New Mexico Territory in 1862 was wretched, and Nagle vividly depicts its hardships and dangers. Her characterizations and plotting, however, are as thin as the high mountain air. Union Captain O'Brien of the Colorado Volunteers is a tough Irish miner who cannot read or write. Caught up in the petty jealous intrigues of other officers and unreasonably despised by his commander, O'Brien must watch his backAand his heart, too, for he is smitten by the beautiful Laura Howland. On the run from her uncle, who has attempted to sell her into marriage, Miss Howland of Boston is out of place in army company, even in the guise of laundress. Plagued by simpering suitors, she has a girlish crush on O'Brien, but her tendency to swoon at crucial moments keeps her from being a convincing or even likable heroine. When O'Brien captures Confederate Capt. Jamie Russell, Laura nurses the ailing young quartermaster back to health. Back on his feet again, Russell is paroled and he returns to the rebel army to harass and confound O'Brien as the two armies march and countermarch across the territory in an exhausting and indecisive ballet of maneuvers. Although the Civil War history is accurate and colorful, the plot is more syrupy romance than compelling adventure tale. A corny side plot involving a Union scout and an Apache maiden adds little to the story but pages. This likely will not be the end, however, for Nagle positions everyone for at least one more sequel.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In March 1862, the Union army won a decisive battle at Glorieta Pass in what was then New Mexico Territory. Though defeated at that battle, the Confederates captured the Union!s Valverde guns and were determined to win control of the territory. In this sequel to Glorieta Pass (LJ 9/1/98), Nagle tells the story of the Union and Confederate men and women struggling with the fear, hunger, pain, loss, and foolhardiness of war in the aftermath of Glorieta. Unfortunately, the novel does not stand well alone. The plot and subplots are unwieldy and difficult to follow as Nagle struggles to resolve her characters! fate. Still, both novels will be of interest to fans of historical fiction, the Civil War in particular, and public libraries currently holding Glorieta Pass will want to purchase this title."Jean Langlais, St. Charles P.L., IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 2275 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evennight Books (November 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PDN6SW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guns of Valverde July 6, 2000
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As an avid student of the U. S. Civil War in the Southwest, and a frequent visitor to the battlefields and other skirmish sites in the "Territory of New Mexico," I found P G Nagle's work on Guns of Valverde just as riveting as her previous work entitled Glorieta Pass. Ms. Nagle has carefully researched her subject matter as shown by her attention to historical facts and then masterfully woven them into a story bringing this period of time to life. The fact that I'm so familiar with the factual information helped me enjoy both this latest of her works and the previous one tremendously. I was able to absorb more of the fictional account without having to stop to confirm or contest the factual elements. But whether or not the average reader is knowledgeable about the Civil War in New Mexico is unimportant since Ms. Nagle continues to impress me as a superb storyteller.
Ever since The Killer Angels by Shaara and Ulysses by Skimmin were written I have attempted to read more of these historical novels, finding the majority of them to be extremely well written, factual to my satisfaction, and entertaining. Guns of Valverde, like Glorieta Pass, definitely fit into this category. I look forward to Ms. Nagle's sequel entitled Galveston which, I understand, is a work in progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Mexico in the Civil War September 11, 2013
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It is best to read "Glorieta Pass" by Nagle before reading "Guns of Valverde". We don't often think of the Civil War in other than the eastern and some midwestern states, Kansas, then as far west as Texas. New Mexico, however, was the site of several sad battles between the Colorado Union volunteers and Texas Confedetate Army. The "Guns of Valverde" is the sequel to "Glorieta Pass." Well written and easy to understand without being too boringly documentary Nagle makes history come alive with its people. Plus it adds knowledge to the tremendous geographical scope which encompassed our Civil War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History August 4, 2013
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I have the whole 4 book series of PG Nagle's historical fiction about this little known chapter of the War Between The States: Glorieta Pass, The Guns of Valverde, Galveston and Red River. As a resident of Santa Fe, and originally from Charleston, SC, I was always interested in the history of The War as it played out in the Southwest. Ms. Nagle's exhaustive research making possible the weaving of fictional characters with authentic historical events is first rate. I highly advise the reader to take notes on the characters just to keep a who's who in these complex stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read March 24, 2013
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very good story comes across as a good civil war history but also has a good western feel would be one to get
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