By Eric Flint
Within the most up-to-date quantity of this exhilarating sequence, Eric Flint keeps to reshape American background, imagining how a continent and its humans may need taken a special route to its destiny. With 1824: The Arkansas battle, he spins an incredible and provocative saga of heroism, battlefield motion, racial clash, and uprising as a kingdom getting better from conflict is plunged right into a harmful period of secession.
Buffered by means of Spanish possessions to the south and via unfastened states and rivers to the north, Arkansas has develop into a rustic of its personal: a hybrid confederation of former slaves, local American Cherokee and Creek clans, and white abolitionists–including one charismatic warrior who has long past from American hero to bête noire. Irish-born Patrick Driscol is development a fortune and a strong military within the Arkansas Confederacy, inflaming pro-slavers in Washington and terrifying moderates in addition. stuck within the heart is President James Monroe, the gentlemanly Virginian coming into his ultimate 12 months in workplace with a demagogic apartment Speaker, Henry Clay, nipping at his heels and fanning the fires of conflict. yet Driscol, whose black artillerymen smashed either the Louisiana armed forces in 1820 and the British in New Orleans, is still a magnet for revolution. And fault strains are erupting through the younger republic–so that each country, each elected respectable, and each citizen will quickly be compelled to settle on an aspect.
For a rustic whose lifeblood is contaminated with the slave alternate, the struggle of 1824 may be a bloody trouble of judgment of right and wrong, politics, economics, and armed forces maneuvering that might attract avid gamers from as distant as England. For such males as Secretary of kingdom John Quincy Adams, Commissioner of Indian Affairs Sam Houston, charismatic conflict hero Andrew Jackson, and the violent abolitionist John Brown, it's a time to alter historical past itself.
Filled with attention-grabbing insights into a few of America’s so much fascinating historic figures, 1824: The Arkansas battle confirms Eric Flint as a real grasp of exchange historical past, a novelist who brings to endure exhaustive learn, extraordinary instinct, and a good storyteller’s traditional presents to chronicle the making of our country because it may have been.
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