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The Spy Lover Paperback – August 28, 2012
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"A beautifully written tale...filled with the horrors of war...and the anguish of loss...as we follow the characters on their journeys to find peace and redemption. The prose is magnificent. You will come away fulfilled. If you read one Civil War novel this year, make this the one." - Joseph A. Truglio, from Civil War News
"Beautiful writing...a page turner one could not lay down. The novel emanates from Davenport's own family history, ancestors who fought in the War...as she tells the story of a woman and her lover, the conflict between love, conscience and determination...I have no hesitation in recommending 'The Spy Lover' to anyone who enjoys stories of the Civil War as well as of genuine conflicts, love and dedication...It will go into a special niche of historical fiction and ...likely become a classic like 'Cold Mountain.' " - Martha Boltz of The Washington Times
"A powerful love story and serious historical tribute to the many under-recognized minority soldiers... Kiana Davenport is simply ingenious in the way she writes and tells her story based on two ancestors who fought on opposite sides of the War. A piercing, glorious and unsettling novel you are unlikely to ever forget. I recommend The Spy Lover as one of the best war stories I have ever encountered." -- Melanie Smith, Book Reporter
"...Memorable [in] her depiction of the lives of women during the [Civil] War, as well as those of mixed race...Like the best historical fiction the book's deep research is felt in every line and authenticates every character. The Spy Lover easily joins, and even surpasses Cold Mountain." - Don Wallace, HONOLULU WEEKLY
"A page turner, like Davenport's other fiction, The Spy Lover is full of suspense, yet it also plunges deep. With compassion toward all her characters, whether they fight for the North or the South, Davenport dramatizes the agony of divided loyalties and the brutalities of war...High drama, high tension, high romance." - Alix Kates Shulman, Bestselling author of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, and Menage
“This author does a fantastic job presenting the scenery, pain, and depth of the Civil War and how it truly split loved ones apart. Sometimes in horrific detail, especially the battle of Gettysburg, this author makes it feel as if the reader is actually on that field experiencing every death. Having these characters based on the very real souls of the author’s own ancestors who came to America during the 1800s, made the story even more compelling, and is highly recommended.”- Amy Lignor, author of Tallent & Lowery - 13 for Suspense Magazine "
"(In) The Spy Lover, (Davenport) pulls from her Alabama-born father’s family history to tell a gripping Civil War story about three complicated, suffering people—a nurse who’s spying for the Union behind enemy lines, a Chinese immigrant who escapes his conscription into the Confederacy to fight for the Union instead, and a wounded Confederate cavalryman. Davenport doesn’t buffer the brutality of war, presenting a stark portrayal of its horrors and the damage it can inflict on body and soul in her well-researched tale." —Bookpage
“Davenport delivers a surprisingly heartwarming ending, which will please readers. Civil War buffs will also appreciate and be impressed by the author’s intricate depiction of the conflict.” —Bookloons.com
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I didn't know that Chinese immigrant men had been kidnapped and forced into service as Confederate soldiers. I also didn't know that women in the South grew opium poppies hidden among their other crops, providing opium "bull's-eyes" to their fighting men to fuel their victories in battle. This of course left a nation full of dope-addicted veterans when the war was over.
THE SPY LOVER is smaller in scope and time frame than Davenport's sweeping novels of Hawaii. This one is meant as an homage to two of her ancestors who fought in the Civil War, so the focus is more narrow and there is less opportunity to add complex layers to the characters. The story is told almost entirely in the present tense, which is not my favorite, but I was able to adjust to it as the novel progressed.
There are three main characters whose lives are woven together as the novel alternates among their separate experiences of the Civil War.
Johnny Tom is a Chinese immigrant who was taken from his family to fight for the South, but he escaped to fight for the North. As he moves from battle to battle and in and out of prisoner-of-war camps, we learn of his life in China and his peregrinations after arriving in America.
Era Tom is Johnny's teenage daughter. She agreed to spy for the North in exchange for information about her father's whereabouts. Working as a nurse in a Confederate hospital, she meets and falls in love with Warren Petticomb, a Confederate cavalryman who lost an arm at Shiloh.Read more ›
Johnny Tom is a Chinese immigrant to the United States who was forced into slavery upon his arrival on the mainland. He escapes and settles with his wife in a small, isolated Chinese village in the South. Their quiet life is shattered by the outbreak of war and Johnny Tom is forced into the Rebel Army only to escape and to begin to fight for the Union army. His daughter, Era is a nurse who serves on the Confederate side of the battle, exchanging information about the army in hopes of getting word about her father. She has no friends due to her purposefully distant personality until one day, a cavalry man named Warren is brought into the surgeons tent to have his arm amputated. The war causes horrible injuries and the sound of the surgeons saws run late into the night as the wounded pour into camps and the pile of severed limbs grows. Era nurses Warren to health and so beings their relationship. The relationship becomes their anchor, their steadying force amongst so much butchery and misery.
The story is well written and told from the alternating first perspective of Johnny Tom, Era and Warren.Read more ›
Nevertheless, this is not to say that this is a bad novel. The storyline itself was very absorbing, and I found the plethora of different characters interesting to read about. They were all uniquely different, with very different backgrounds and experiences. Also it was intriguing to read of people from many different ethnicities, for it brought to light the concept of America as a 'melting pot' of many different cultures. That's a thing to be proud of in my opinion.
The inclusion of the Chinese immigrants was particularly interesting to me. I was unaware that many Chinese were kidnapped and taken to work on sugar farms in Haiwaii, forced to work or sent back to China where they faced execution for leaving. Although not the first American Civil War novel i've read this novel has still taught me about a part of history that I previously had no knowledge of.
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Seldom do I read a romance novel that I think is well written or memorable. No harlequin formula romance here. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alicia Vandgrift
Not my kind of story! Thought I give this time period a try but it didn't hold my interest.Published 4 months ago by N Gawron
I couldn't put this one down! Characters were so well drawn, and the descriptive passages were excellent. Not for the feint of heart, though!Published 8 months ago by glenda payne
Good book. Written by a Hawaiian. It fiction but told with a flair for good writing. Many of Kiana Davenport's books I recommend highly.Published 9 months ago by cg
Kiana Davenport, author of The Spy Lover, skillfully uses language to paint vivid pictures of natural beauty and horrific, man-made ugliness with equal skill. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barbara Will
I loved the book. I enjoyed the civil war info especially about the opium. The ending was a little disappointing.Published 11 months ago by cmascolo
Excellent historic read. The author obviously gave this reader some fascinating new insights.Published 11 months ago by susan marler
What is Betrayal? What is Love? Who is "the other" Kiana Davenport transports us to the most bloody of wars - the Civil War, and uses the alternating voices of Warren a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by rubyg