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Summary

Storm clouds are approaching Culpeper County, Virginia, in early January 1861. The troublesome Fogarty brothers have been raising havoc across the countryside, and when the local lawman, Will Brannon, returns from another futile attempt to track them down, he finds the townspeople abuzz. South Carolina has seceded from the Union, and rumor has it more states will follow, perhaps even Virginia. Will enlists, but so, too, do the Fogartys. All know that men die in battle and that these deaths are never investigated.

As the Brannon brothers answer the call to arms, the family finds itself struggling with dilemmas it never had considered.

Find out what happens to the Brannon family in the rest of the Civil War Battle Series.
©1999 James Reasoner (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Reasoner spins a lively, suspenseful yarn." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Fraught with tension, drama, and tantalizing hints of future romance, this vividly rendered family saga will hook fans of meaty historical fiction." ( Booklist)

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A Rebel Yell

Loved the way the story unfolded and the easy drawl of the teller. Recommended

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It's just boring

The narrator was decent but honestly it's just bland and mildly boring. I finished the book but there was very little enjoyment I ended up just skipping chapters just to get to something interesting just to be disappointed.

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  • Stephen
  • 09-11-06

Disappointed in 1st book

As the first book in a large series, 'Manassas' really disappointed. While some of the character development was interesting and necessary (if predictable), the description of the battle and the dialogue between the men fighting it smacked of a B- John Wayne movie. I will give the 2nd book a try but am not optimistic. For better character development, more historical accuracy and more intense battle scenes, I would recommned the Starbuck series by Bernard Cornwell.

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  • Horace
  • 11-08-06

Not sure what I think

I’m not much into historical fiction, but really like history.

This is more of a story than about history.

Maybe, it’s character development for the rest of the series.

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  • David
  • 11-05-05

good background fiction...not much civil war

This is an enjoyable story - but as the first in a series it's focus has to be to build the foundation for a broad array of characters. As a result there is actually very little devoted to Manassas itself. I will purchase the next in the series, however, as I think ther series has potential to develop further in the later books.

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  • A User
  • 02-01-22

Good book

Enjoyed reading this book kept my intrest all the way throut the book. Good narratot.

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  • B. Mccolley
  • 14-06-09

Great Characters

I love history, but I'm not good at remembering all the dates and facts. So I started reading historical fictions where there is a story and characters intertwined with historical fact. I happen to love this series even though I'm only on the 3rd book. I also want to give credit where credit is due to the narrator LLoyd James. He has made each character come alive. I have listened to other books with only a few characters and they all sound the same. Thank you Mr James. And thank you Mr. Reasoner for writing 10 great books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-12-20

Great series.

I did not know this was a series until I had listened to the Gettysburg book. It still is entertaining though. I am now starting from book 1. An excellent story....

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  • DPfandler
  • 18-03-20

James Reasoner

This is an Excellent book, well read, full of excellent details.
I fell in love with Mac horse.

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  • Doug
  • 18-06-14

Good read!

What did you love best about Manassas?

Good story line leading up to the war.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will is a well rounded and believable character. .

If you could rename Manassas, what would you call it?

Why War!

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  • Robert
  • 05-07-13

Dissapointed

What would have made Manassas better?

A better story line as well as more reference to the actual battle

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Hard to listen to his voice

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Manassas?

Only listened to the first 30 minutes

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  • Charles
  • 19-11-12

Dissapointing - expected history of the battle

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This book may be interesting to those who enjoy reading fiction of the civil war period but did not hold my interest as one seeking history of the civil war battle.