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Reasoner, James.
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Nashville, Tenn. : Cumberland House, 1999.
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336 pages ; 24 cm.
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Manassas"", by James Reasoner, is the first novel in The Civil War Battles series based on the Brannon family of Culpeper County, Virginia. This initial volume describes the mood in the South prior to the outbreak of hostilities and follows one of the Brannon sons into the army and onto the scene of the first major battle of the war. ""

Author Notes

James Reasoner has been a full-time writer for over twenty-five years. He also writes under the pseudonyms Dana Fuller Ross and Peter Danielson. He writes primarily historcial military novels, Western historical fiction, and mysteries including the Holt series, the Wagons West series, the Civil War Battles series, and the Last Good War series. He has also written books based on the Walker, Texas Ranger television series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Reasoner introduces the Brannon clan of Culpepper County, Virginia, in the rousing first installment of a projected eight-volume series set amid the action and the agony of the Civil War. Fiercely devoted to the Confederacy and to each other, the six Brannon siblings anxiously await news of secession as a deadly feud erupts between Will Brannon, sheriff of Culpepper County, and the lawless Fogarty gang. When Will shoots and kills Joe Fogarty, he is forced to leave the family farm in order to ensure the safety of his mother, his sister, and his brothers. Enlisting in the Army of Northern Virginia, Will prepares for the Battle of Manassas, where he must face both the Union army and the surviving Fogarty brothers. Fraught with tension, drama, and tantalizing hints of future romance, this vividly rendered family saga will hook fans of meaty historical fiction. --Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of the Westward and Stagecoach series of western adventures will be pleased that Reasoner has produced yet another storyline ripe for sequels. The first in a projected eight-volume Civil War Battles series, this novel begins as tensions between the North and South are reaching fever pitch in Virginia. Will Brannon, the eldest son of the large, proud Brannon clan, is the sheriff of Culpeper County, a hotbed of secessionist activity. The Fogarty brothers are thieving riffraff whom Will has been trying to arrest for murder and robbery, but the outlaws are always just one step ahead of the lawman. When Will finally corners and kills one of the Fogartys for resisting arrest, a deadly battle erupts, threatening to consume both families. A campaign of arson, ambush and vicious threats forces Will to leave home in order to protect the rest of his family. Fleeing to the uncertain sanctuary of the new Confederate Army, he is caught up in its patriotic fervor. He marches with his regiment to the railroad center of Manassas and the war's first battle, unaware that the Yankees won't be his only enemy on the battlefield. Still thirsting for revenge, the Fogartys pursue him into the carnage of battle, where they assume that his death would not create suspicion. Reasoner spins a lively, suspenseful yarn, albeit in pedestrian prose. With five sons and a daughter in the Brannon family, this Civil War saga could stretch all the way to Appomattox. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved