By Eric Flint
Within the most modern quantity of this exhilarating sequence, Eric Flint maintains to reshape American historical past, imagining how a continent and its humans may need taken a distinct route to its destiny. With 1824: The Arkansas battle, he spins an remarkable and provocative saga of heroism, battlefield motion, racial clash, and uprising as a country recuperating from conflict is plunged right into a risky period of secession.
Buffered by means of Spanish possessions to the south and by way of unfastened states and rivers to the north, Arkansas has turn 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 construction a fortune and a strong military within the Arkansas Confederacy, inflaming pro-slavers in Washington and terrifying moderates besides. stuck within the heart is President James Monroe, the gentlemanly Virginian coming into his ultimate yr in workplace with a demagogic residence Speaker, Henry Clay, nipping at his heels and fanning the fires of battle. yet Driscol, whose black artillerymen smashed either the Louisiana armed forces in 1820 and the British in New Orleans, continues to be a magnet for revolution. And fault strains are erupting through the younger republic–so that each kingdom, each elected respectable, and each citizen will quickly be pressured to decide on a facet.
For a rustic whose lifeblood is contaminated with the slave alternate, the struggle of 1824 might be a bloody situation of judgment of right and wrong, politics, economics, and army maneuvering that may attract gamers from as far-off as England. For such males as Secretary of nation John Quincy Adams, Commissioner of Indian Affairs Sam Houston, charismatic warfare hero Andrew Jackson, and the violent abolitionist John Brown, it's a time to alter heritage itself.
Filled with attention-grabbing insights into a few of America’s so much interesting old figures, 1824: The Arkansas battle confirms Eric Flint as a real grasp of exchange historical past, a novelist who brings to endure exhaustive examine, outstanding instinct, and an excellent storyteller’s typical presents to chronicle the making of our country because it may have been.
From the Hardcover edition.