By Bernard Cornwell
The loved accomplice Captain Nate Starbuck returns to front traces of the Civil warfare during this moment installment of Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. it's the summer season of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied yet positive on the battles of Ball's Bluff and 7 Pines. yet he cannot get away his Northern roots, and it's only a question of time till he is accused of being a Yankee secret agent, pursued, and brutally interrogated. To transparent his identify, he needs to locate the genuine traitor—a seek that may require outstanding braveness, persistence, and a deadly odyssey via enemy territory.
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Whilst Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches younger Nate Starbuck from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, Nate is either thankful and awed via his idealistic rescuer. To pay off his generosity, he enlists within the Faulconer legion to struggle opposed to his domestic, the North, and opposed to his abolitionist father.
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Adam seemed remorsefully at Starbuck. “Is it precise? ” “Sally is a friend,” Starbuck stated. “A buddy. I’m proud to grasp her. ” “Sally Truslow! ” Adam stated, the identification of omit Royall ultimately yielding to his reminiscence. “Are you announcing you recognize this lady? ” Mrs. Gordon challenged Adam. “He don’t recognize me,” Sally acknowledged tiredly. “I am pressured to wonder whether you're a healthy spouse for my daughter, Mr. Faulconer. ” Mrs. Gordon pressed her virtue on Adam. “This evening has been a windfall of God; might be it has printed your real self! ” “I acknowledged he don’t comprehend me! ” Sally insisted. “Do you recognize her? ” the Reverend John Gordon requested Adam. Adam shrugged. “Her father was once certainly one of my family’s tenants as soon as. decades in the past. past that I don’t understand her. ” “But you do recognize Mr. Starbuck. ” Mrs. Gordon had no longer wrung an entire degree of regret from Adam but. “Are you telling me you approve of the corporate he retains? ” Adam checked out his pal. “I’m certain Nate didn’t understand omit Truslow’s nature. ” “I knew it,” Starbuck acknowledged, “and as I stated, she is a pal. ” He placed an arm round Sally’s shoulder. “And you approve of your friend’s number of significant other? ” Mrs. Gordon demanded of Adam. “Do you, Mr. Faulconer? For i can't have my daughter connected, notwithstanding respectably, to a guy who consorts with the chums of scarlet ladies. ” “No,” Adam acknowledged, “I don’t approve. ” “You’re similar to your father,” Sally acknowledged. “Rotten to the center. in case you Faulconers didn’t have cash you’d be less than canine. ” She pulled herself freed from Starbuck’s arm and bumped into the rain. Starbuck became to stick to Sally, yet was once checked via Mrs. Gordon. “You’re creating a selection! ” she warned him. “This is the evening you decide among God and the satan, Mr. Starbuck! ” “Nate! ” Adam additional his voice to Mrs. Gordon’s caution. “Let her move. ” “Why? simply because she’s a whore? ” Starbuck felt the trend upward thrust in him, a grimy rage of hatred for those sanctimonious prigs. “I advised you, Adam, she’s a chum, and also you don’t abandon associates. God rattling you all. ” He ran after Sally, catching up along with her on the fringe of the sheds the place the muddy slope of Chimborazo Park fell steeply down into the Bloody Run, the place the city’s dueling floor used to be set beside a move. “I’m sorry,” he advised Sally, taking her arm back. She sniffed. The rain made her hair dank and straggling. She used to be crying and Starbuck pulled her into his physique, protecting her with the scarlet lining of his coat. The rain stung his face. “You have been right,” Sally acknowledged, her voice muffled. “We shouldn’t have long past. ” “They shouldn’t have behaved like that,” Starbuck acknowledged. Sally cried softly. “I occasionally simply are looking to be usual. ” She controlled to talk during the tears. “I simply desire a apartment and infants and a rug at the ground and an apple tree. I don’t are looking to reside like my father and that i don’t are looking to be what i'm now. no longer without end. I simply are looking to be undeniable. are you aware what I suggest, Nate? ” She appeared up at him, her face lit via the fires of the forges that burned day and evening beside the river at the some distance aspect of the run. He stroked her rain-dampened face.