Bernard Cornwell / Feb 20, 2020

Copperhead The beloved Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck returns to the front lines of the Civil War in this second installment of Bernard Cornwell s acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles It is the summer of

  • Title: Copperhead
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780060934620
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • The beloved Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck returns to the front lines of the Civil War in this second installment of Bernard Cornwell s acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles It is the summer of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied but victorious at the battles of Ball s Bluff and Seven Pines But he can t escape his Northern roots, and it is only a matter of time until hThe beloved Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck returns to the front lines of the Civil War in this second installment of Bernard Cornwell s acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles It is the summer of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied but victorious at the battles of Ball s Bluff and Seven Pines But he can t escape his Northern roots, and it is only a matter of time until he s accused of being a Yankee spy, pursued, and brutally interrogated To clear his name, he must find the real traitor a search that will require extraordinary courage, endurance, and a perilous odyssey through enemy territory.

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        Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.


    1. Copperhead is the second in the Starbuck series, and the best of the three that I have read (only the fourth remains to be devoured). It's perhaps the most thoughtful, as both Nate and his friend Adam are forced to confront their reasons for fighting the war. Adam, Washington Faulconer's son and good Virginian, now a major, is so distraught by what he feels is an unjust war, that he decides to feed important information about rebel positions to the Yankees. Nate, the Bostonian, discovers that hi [...]

    2. This second book picks up a few months after the first one ended: late 1861. Nate Starbuck is now a captain in Faulkner's Virginia Legion (a fictitious group of Confederate soldiers). Also back is Sargent Tresloe, Thaddeus (Pecker) Byrd, Adam Faulkner (Nate's friend) and Sally Tresloe (Nate's love interest). The story opens with the battle of Ball's Bluff. The Union army manages to approach the Confederate army by surprise. Even though out numbered, the rebel's tenacity and sharp-shooting capabi [...]

    3. Great Civil War Novel. I found it a fascinating look into both sides of the Civil War or as the South would call it, The War of Secession. There were spies all over the South and North and one can kind of understand the divided loyalties. One of the characters is a southerner who hates slavery and war, yet he owes loyalty to his father and feels he must fight for the South in time he becomes a spy for the North.Our main character, Nate Starbuck is a Northern son of a famous abolitionist who find [...]

    4. Unfortunately Cornwell’s trademark excitement – as best expounded in his Sharpe series of books – is somewhat lacking in his four-volume chronicle of the American Civil War. Like REBEL before it, this is a slow-moving read that focuses on the character of Starbuck, following him as he gets caught up in the wake of some treachery stirred by his disturbed childhood friend, Adam Faulconer. Starbuck isn’t exactly the most manly or heroic of heroes but he certainly gets the job done, and ther [...]

    5. Continues the Nathaniel Starbuck story. 2nd book. I thought this one was weaker than the first. It was a segway? But that is not really fair. BC does these series as a continuous story, and I haven't read the second two books yet.

    6. Bernard Cornwell dificilmente decepciona. Esse livro contém tudo aquilo que os fãs do autor procuram: Personagens legais de acompanhar, diálogos irônicos e engraçados, um contexto histórico excelente e MUITA BALA. Admito porém que gostei mais do primeiro volume (que li há cerca de 2 anos atrás). Tudo bem que na época eu estava MUITO interessado em combates militares da década de 1860 e, talvez por isso, eu tenha passado com mais facilidade por partes que talvez hoje eu achasse mais ma [...]

    7. Após terminar Rebelde, eu já estava com a sequência de prontidão na estante, apenas aguardando a sua vez, enquanto eu prosseguia com a leitura de outro livro. Lançado em março deste ano, Traidor inspirava grandes expectativas.Que Bernard Cornwell é um mestre da ficção histórica muita gente já sabe. E é a sua habilidade nata nas descrições de batalhas e a sua capacidade sobrenatural de levar o campo de guerra e o contexto histórico aos seus leitores que traz certo brilho para o seg [...]

    8. Good bookOnce again Mr. Cornwell has shown us battles from the viewpoint of the common soldier, not the generals. He brings the horror of the war into a personal perspective.

    9. Mám rád historii, osobní příběhy ní a uvěřitelné postavy. Tohle všechno ve zrádci i celé sérii je.

    10. Bernard Cornwell is a brilliant author of historical fiction. This series is based on the civil war and we get an absolutely terrific flavor of the times based on real facts wrapped in a wonderful story with compelling characters. I'm a bit surprised this hasn't been made into a movie or a TV series. Loved it!

    11. Nathaniel Starbuck is a man with a mighty grumpy enemy. Wealthy Virginian planter Washington Falcouner rescued Starbuck from a mob, asking him for his service in arms alongside his son, Adam, in return. Seeing as Adam and Nate were the best of friends, and Starbuck found soldiering to be his kind of adventure, it didn't seem too bad a bargain.but after the events of Rebel, Nate's benefactor is now his nemesis. It's not that Nate suddenly decided he disliked fighting for the south against his nat [...]

    12. I'm just living for Adam Faulconer. He's (definitely) imperfect, but he's not a horrible person (like Starbuck). I really liked this book (better even than Rebel), but I can only take so much death and horror before I need a little breather. With that said, I've got the next book in the series on hold at the library.

    13. During the chaos of the Civil War, Nathaniel Starbuck, a child of a well renown reverend in Boston, finds himself in the confederate army. Becoming a disgrace of his family, he decided to never go back. Instead, he would fight until he could fight no more. This book will leave you wanting more. It even makes one feel as the Union are in the wrong and the Confederate States are right.Bernard Cornwell mainly writes in the genres of Historical Fiction and Mystery & Thrillers. Not only has he wr [...]

    14. Traidor é o segundo volume das Crónicas de Nathaniel Starbuck, uma série que Bernard Cornwell “pega” de vez em quando e que descreve a Guerra Civil Americana. Não tendo apreciado por aí além o primeiro volume, este 2º volume já me senti transportando para o melhor estilo de Bernard Cornwell que muito admiro, criando toda uma narrativa brutal e cheia de aventuras.Nathaniel Starbuck, capitão da Companhia K dos Confederados, vê-se numa luta pela sua idoneidade e, como forma de salvar [...]

    15. "Copperhead" is a huge improvement over "Rebel", the first book in the Starbuck series covering the U.S. Civil War.As usual, Cornwell's research on the actual events is impeccable and he describes his major sources in the Historical Notes at the end of the book. I knew little about the Peninsular Campaign of Spring and summer 1862. For a quick history lesson read the article on the campaign at: enpedia/wiki/Peninsul. I now know considerably more.Cornwell does a good job of character development [...]

    16. The second of Cornwell's Civil War Starbuck Chronicles covers the Peninsular Campaign of McClellan and includes the battles of Ball's Bluff and ending with Seven Pines and Gaines Mill. The character of Nate Starbuck began as a somewhat naive and conflicted youth who threw in his lot with the Confederacy without ever really knowing why but also never really doing anything in battle (which helped him retain his conflicted, and more interesting, morality).But somewhere between "Rebel" and "Copperhe [...]

    17. I'm almost positive its just the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles I am not enjoying almost every other Bernard Cornwell book I have read has been above average to amazing I don't know what it is, perhaps subconsciously since Nate is fighting for the confederates, a group of states that wouldn't have 2nd thoughts stringing up an Asian like me if they felt like it. Slavery is a tough issue to touch because throughout time just about every 'civilized' society had slaves, but they were usually (obv. sl [...]

    18. Second entry inBernard Cornwell's still-unfinished 'Starbuck' series; a series that the author himself admits is more-or-less a transplanting of his more-popular Richard Sharpe series to the American Civil War. From his own website (bernardcornwell/series" And the trouble was that the Sharpe books are just a bit too much like the Starbuck books and so I sent Nathaniel Starbuck on an extended vacation".Speaking personally, I also have to say that I found the Sharpe books to be (generally) bette [...]

    19. It's not that the story of Copperhead is one unworthy of being read. It is simply, for me, a tale that got severely mired down in the telling. This book is a classic example of mediocre writing impeding what would have otherwise been a pretty great read. It is full of run-on sentences, inordinate use of adverbs, unsteady pacing, redundant adjectives, and a insistence on details in the particulars of the Civil War that - while impressive in their commitment to get it right as it actually happened [...]

    20. Nathaniel Starbuck is back again, and fighting begins anew with the Civil War at the battles of Ball’s Bluff and Seven Pines. Starbuck’s mettle is tested, but he is nevertheless victorious. The Confederates are still unable to deal with the fact that Starbuck is a Yankee fighting against his own people.Inevitable, he is accused of being a spy, chased, brutally interrogated, but he is not the guy they’re looking for. Starbuck’s only choice is to find out who the real traitor is, taking hi [...]

    21. Copperhead continues the story of Nathanial Starbuck, a Northerner who has found his home with a (fictional) Southern regiment during the US Civil War. This installment opens with the Battle of Ball's Bluff, a little known battle but bloody Union defeat and ends with the battle of Malvern Hill of McClellan's Peninsular Campaign. A good part of the book revolves around intelligence efforts for both sides, both the gathering of information through spies and the planting of false information. There [...]

    22. Starbuck nimmt Fahrt auf. War ich vom ersten Buch noch etwas enttäuscht, wird dieses hier zu einem der besten von Cornwell. Das liegt auch am Thema "Amerikanischer Bürgrkrieg", das mehrbödig und differziert gesehen werden muss. Das stellt Cornwell auch gut dar. Im Roman geht es nicht nur um die militärischen Manöver und Schlachten, es geht um Moral, um das "Richtige tun", ums Gewissen, um Standpunkte. Darüberhinaus gibt es viele Wendungen in der Geschichte, Perspektivwechsel und ein indire [...]

    23. I found Copperhead an entertaining and relatively fast read. The story is engaging, the descriptions of battles heart pounding, and the character development superb.On a more technical level, the writing in this book is a tad more difficult to read than Rebel and Agincourt. I'm not sure if this is because of less than stellar proofreading, a change in the authors style, or a problem with narration. I often found myself re-reading passages and getting confused about who was doing what as the auth [...]

    24. In Bernard Cornwell’s Copperhead, Nathaniel Starbuck has joined the army of the Confederation of the United States, even though as the son of a northern anti-slavery preacher, few trust him here. But as the army of the south loses more and more ground to the overwhelming north, some start to see a value in Starbuck’s past. Slowly, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous games of spies and counterspies.This is the second book in the Starbuck series. While I think the characters are not quite [...]

    25. I enjoyed reading this well written book. While a work of fiction, it is loosely based on real civil war events. As an Australian, I find that I am intrigued by the American Civil War and feel a need to know more. The story is centered around and focused on the Union's push to take the southern city of Richmond, however, much of the story revolves around characters within the Confederacy. The author weaves a fine tale of politics, conspiracy, espionage, war, love and loss. You feel your heart qu [...]

    26. Segunda parte de la saga Starbuck, que el autor dedica a la guerra de secesión americana, por increíble que parezca me ha gustado mucho más que el primero.En este libro, Nate Starbuck, un joven nacido en el norte de EEUU, hijo de un predicador abolicionista, sigue luchando en el bando confederado, donde parece que ha encontrado su sitio en el mundo. Y por si fuera poco, se ve envuelto en una red de espías que le lleva de nuevo al norte, reencontrándose con su familia.El autor describe muy b [...]

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