Bernard Cornwell's superb Civil War dramas have been compared with Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Basing Battle Flag on the Campaign of Second Manassas in August, 1862, Cornwell takes the listener from whispered negotiations to the roar of cannon fire. A Northerner fighting for the South, Nate Starbuck has distinguished himself as captain of his Confederate regiment. But his battles go beyond the rifle smoke. The enmity between Starbuck and his commander, the unscrupulous General Faulconer, is never far from the surface. And when Nate encounters his stern father, who is fervently supporting Northern troops, Nate must calculate his own price for victory. Their flags are powerful symbols of the loyalty and ideology at work as Confederate and Union regiments clash at Manassas. But history, as Cornwell shows, is also shaped by more personal motives. Ed Sala's performance captures all the drama of the Civil War-on the battlefields and in men's hearts.
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by Bernard Cornwell
by James Lee Burke
by John Jakes
"Volume Three in the Starbuck Chronicles takes Confederate soldier and Boston native Nathaniel Starbuck up to and through the battle of Manassas. Starbuck must face not only the challenges of leading his ragtag army, but his inner conflicts between home and adopted soil. Ed Sala's gritty performance brings the war to life. His characters, even the Northerners, all bear some Southern accent, but are easily distinguishable. Sala's Colonel Swinyard, a falling-down drunk turned stand-up Christian, is excellent; the Colonel's inner struggles are illuminated with clarity and understanding. The story's slimy horse trader and sniveling slackers on both sides are also notable performances. Cornwell's text and Sala's narration are a perfect match. R.P.L. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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