Review by LibraryJournal.Com Audio Book Reviews

Former U.S. Navy officer Jones structures his dynamic Civil War novel around the experiences of two real-life brothers – William Prentiss, a Confederate soldier, and Clifton, a Union officer – adding a smartly conceived dramatic narrative hook by imagining how poet Walt Whitman’s well-documented wartime experiences might have figured into their lives. Jones’s solid research and fictional flourishes illuminate the tumult and the tragedy of the war, while actress Kirsten Beyer’s passionate inflection befits these 19th-century characters and brings the war to an even more intimate level for listeners. While this title will appeal to Civil War reenactors and fans of the novels of Michael Shaara and his son, Jeff Shaara, it should also interest those less informed about the war and perhaps inspire them to seek out nonfiction accounts.