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Andre Alice Norton, née Alice Mary Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005) was an American science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction) under the noms de plume Andre Norton, Andrew North and Allen Weston. Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) association in 1983. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554399768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554399768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,659,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1998
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I've just re-read this book for the ?th time. I first read it as a young adult when it was first published and in my local library. Ms. Nortons's expert descriptions of the horrows of war--especially civil war--are still haunting. Her characters come alive! I feel I know them. The sequel to "Ride Pround,Rebel", "Rebel Spurs" is just as good and complements the first. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Snow on May 15, 2015
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Although now a senior citizen I still remember enjoying Andre Norton's early science fiction as a boy. I was therefore intrigued when I saw that the author's Ride Proud, Rebel! and its sequel Rebel Spurs were available free through Amazon.com. I couldn't have been more pleased at deciding to read these two books, which constitute a single coming-of-age story.

A warning to those expecting Norton’s more usual offerings: There is no science fiction or fantasy in Ride Proud, Rebel! or in Rebel Spurs. The first book is a Civil War story, the second a Western, with the two linked by the main character, a young Kentuckian and horse-lover.

Ride Proud, Rebel! follows the main character’s career as a Confederate scout as the Southern cause becomes more and more desperate. This is not a book that dwells on major battles but rather on the grim grind of war for ordinary soldiers, here portrayed not as fighting for some grand cause but for personal reasons, as is the case for the hero of the story who is estranged, with good reason, from his pro-Union grandfather.

Not a story that waxes sentimental about the Lost Cause, one of the book's most memorable passages describes how foraging by Confederate forces out of military necessity becomes thievery and indiscriminate looting from civilians with no regard as to whether they are pro-Confederate or pro-Union. Dogged by hunger, exhaustion, and lack of all sorts of supplies, dwindling numbers of Confederate soldiers are portrayed as fighting well beyond any hope of victory. As the main character is a mounted scout, the important role played by horses and mules, and their suffering, is portrayed with care and sensitivity.

For those of us with Confederate ancestors or others not minding a Civil War story told from a Southern perspective, this tale of friendship, loyalty, courage, and perseverance is well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kenneth on December 27, 2013
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Better than the Red Badge of Courage. It keeps the reader wanting more. I wonder why this book has not been pushed by teachers of literature.
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I read Ms Norton's books as a teen-ager, like many other reviewers. And like many other reviewers, I am pleased to have rediscovered her as an older adult.

This book tells the story of the Army of Tennessee during the closing days of the War of Northern Aggression (the Civil War for you Yankees). It is not the story of generals, but it is Andre's writing as she does best, the story of a young person caught in the turmoil of the war and dealing with the complexity of growing up at the same time.

Thank you Amazon for bringing her books back.

This is a definite read if you like Andre Norton and want something besides Sci-Fi or Witch World.
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By Philip on February 3, 2013
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Drew comes to red springs and boyd his younger brother wants to join the rebs. Then theres a couple of battles and then rear guard action as they retreat.
The rebs are always short on resources, plundering the yankees where they can.
there are some interesting skirmishes and dealing with bushwackers.
But the story just tracked the movements of the conderacy to the west until their surrender. Perhaps if therevwasba prequel, it would have been best to read this in order to give the story more depth.
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Andre Norton does not glamorize the war experience. The dirt, fatigue and hunger interspersed with desperate action that was experienced by the common soldier on the Rebel side become so real in the reading that it feels like the reader was there and experienced it, too.

I recommend it for all those who want to know what the war was really like.
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By Michael Veach on December 20, 2012
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I finished reading this book, as it was referred to me by a friend, and it was free for kindle. It was good enough for me to finish reading.
It is somewhat more of a character store vs conflict driven story. I guess I'm trying to say that it felt it lacked something to really push the story forward to me.
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The story line bordered on great as well as character developement. At times during marching and camp the Author did a good job of making the reader get a sense of the pain, hunger and drudgery that was a part of being in the military.

The action scenes are well done as always with this Author.
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