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1862 (2006)

by Robert Conroy

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An alternate history book involving the Trent incident which brings the British into the civil war on the side of the confederacy. Overall a well done book although the confederacy side is left largely out of the story with little character development and in my opinion somewhat misrepresented. ( )
  dswaddell | Mar 15, 2013 |
What if novels are some of my favorite. How would history be different with just one simple action that never occurred. ( )
  cwflatt | Mar 10, 2012 |
A solid alternate history novel! The book has a nice moving plot, with some interesting insight into the war and era. What I like most about Conroy is that major historical figures also play major roles in his novels. Recommend to any alternate history or Civil War buff. ( )
1 vote stevetempo | Mar 15, 2009 |
In the reading of this poorly written novel, I have stumbled on a new concept, a new genre -- a "Harlequin Romance for men." Appealing to the lowest common denominator in regards to male fantasies -- gratuitous violence, fantastical reworkings of military strategems and generals appealing to guys with a "master of the universe" fetish, romance and sex scenes in which the writing varies from sophmoric to offensive. Conroy is on his way to a real blockbuster here with a series of these doozies continuing with many different pivotal years in history. Sigh.

Needless to say, this wasn't the type of book for me. I can kindly say that perhaps if I had a better grip on actual military and political events of the Civil War, I may have appreciated this more. Or perhaps if the prose was not so obvious, cliche, heavy-handed this alternative history would have been compelling. Overall however, a resounding 'not recommended' from me. ( )
  jhowell | Sep 22, 2007 |
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The captain and crew of the U.S. sloop of war San Jacinto watched with grim intensity as the speck on the horizon grew larger with each thrust the warship made through the waves. (prologue)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345482379, Mass Market Paperback)

The Civil War comes alive in all its passion and fury–only now the Brits are fighting . . . alongside the Confederacy

Outraged when the U.S. Navy seizes three Confederates aboard an English sailing ship, Britain retaliates by entering the fray in support of the Rebels–and suddenly it’s a whole new war.

Once again, cotton is king as the North’s blockade crumbles before the might of the Royal Navy. While Lincoln confronts the monumental challenge of vanquishing mighty Britannia, the Redcoats revive their 1812 penchant for burning down American cities, and Union troops see Canada as ripe for the picking. From the Mississippi bayou to the Pennsylvania farmlands to the woods of Maine, the great armies of Generals Grant and Lee face off in the nation’s deadliest conflict. And to the victor goes history.

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The Civil War comes alive in all its passion and fury?only now the Brits are fighting . . . alongside the Confederacy. Outraged when the U.S. Navy seizes three Confederates aboard an English sailing ship, Britain retaliates by entering the fray in support of the Rebels?and suddenly it?s a whole new war. Once again, cotton is king as the North?s blockade crumbles before the might of the Royal Navy. While Lincoln confronts the monumental challenge of vanquishing mighty Britannia, the Redcoats revive their 1812 penchant for burning down American cities, and Union troops see Canada as ripe for the picking. From the Mississippi bayou to the Pennsylvania farmlands to the woods of Maine, the great armies of Generals Grant and Lee face off in the nation?s deadliest conflict. And to the victor goes history.… (more)

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