4.25 stars for Northern Blood (Northern Wolf Series Book 3) #historicalfiction #civilwar #bookreview
Title: Northern Blood (Northern Wolf Series Book 3)
Author: Daniel Greene
Genre: Historical Fiction, Military Fiction, Civil War
The best-selling military historical fiction series continues. To win the war, hands will get dirty.... With the installment of Ulysses S. Grant as the head of the Union armies, plans have been put into place to dismantle the Confederate war machine once and for all. But, you can't fight decisive battles against evasive opponents that fade into the landscape and strike like lightning in the night. A daring raid is devised to draw the Confederate cavalry into a winner-take-all showdown. The Union needs a group of soldiers just brazen enough to do it or die trying. Libby Prison's most recent escapee, Johannes Wolf, and his unit of misfits, might just be the ones to get the job done - if they don't kill each other first. Wolf embarks on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines to set J. E. B. Stuart, the Knight of the Golden Spurs, off-kilter and force him on to the battlefield. What might drive a gentleman soldier like J. E. B. Stuart mad? Kidnapping his wife. Can Wolf and company accomplish their mission? Or will they hang from the gallows as war criminals? Ride into the third installment of the popular Northern Wolf series and experience fast-paced, hard-hitting historical fiction at its best!
The third book in this series takes the reader in a new direction. The first two books had placed fictional characters into historical situations flawlessly. I still am under the impression Wolf and his brigade fought at Gettysburg. Here the author took them and put them in a fictional story.
While that is always appropriate in military fiction, it causes a problem here. The basic premise of this series has been watching Wolf and his unit as it took part in the rich history of the Civil War. To then thrust them into a purely fictional story weakens the entire story. The reader of this series is left wondering why, with myriad calvary stories to tell, that one has to be invented.
As a reader, you are often required to use a suspension of disbelief to enjoy a story. This story went beyond that: Wolf selects a group of ten to accompany him and takes with him, two he hates. He takes two he nearly killed and who want him dead. There is no way possible this would happen in real life or in most fiction. The story lost any cohesion with this.
There are excellent sections in regards to Wade Hampton. There are well-written battle scenes. Daniel Greene really takes the reader back to the Civil War times. The brutality of the battlefield is accurately portrayed. Recommended to fans of the first two books of this series. Recommended to fans of Civil War military fiction.
My Rating: 4.25 stars
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Daniel is the award-winning author of The End Time Saga and the historical fiction Northern Wolf Series. Whether it’s a saber charge in the American Civil War or a gun battle between two rival bands surviving a hellish landscape, he is known for his ability to embed every page with fast-paced action, thrilling suspense, and gritty realism.
He is an avid traveler and physical fitness enthusiast with a deep passion for history. The works of George R.R. Martin, Steven Pressfield, Bernard Cornwell, Robert Jordan, and George Romero have inspired his work. Although he is a Midwesterner for life, he's lived in Virginia long enough to consider it home.
He is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Military Writers Society of America.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N