Bruce Catton meets Deadwood and Band of Brothers with a dash of John Grisham.
August 1862 to June 29, 1863
From Washington D.C. to the Virginia Peninsula; A friendship with royalty; a dead senator and an imprisoned general; disloyalties; disillusionment in Yorktown; a bridge over the Chickahominy; retreat after victory.
FROM THE REVIEWS:
“. . . a very promising start to an overdue series on the real Civil War . . . the point of view and voice are very well done . . . “~ Richard Slotkin, The Long Road to Antietam, Two- time National Book Award Finalist.
I have been reading Civil War fiction for over 50 years, and I can scarcely if ever remember reading a book that did the subject more justice . . . “The Falcon” is remarkably good history . . . An intriguing “whodunit,” it weaves an intricate pattern of deception and revelation … and brings to life characters that are engaging and totally believable. ~ Dr. Donald C. Elder III, Professor of History at Eastern New Mexico University author of A Damned Iowa Greyhound: The Civil War Letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton
“. . . funny, poignant, completely different from the standard Civil war book . . . it appeals on many levels . . . visual, visceral with wonderful dialogue, it would make a great TV series along the lines of Boardwalk empire . . .”
” … screw the slow, plodding pace of the surprisingly popular Cold Mountain– the William Hanlin series is where it’s at. We were thrust into the life, work and military acumen of Attorney turned Colonel Hanlin in Volume 1; The Falcon takes you into the war. Well, near the war, toward the war, in the fringes of the war, putting us into the ‘hurry up and wait’ reality of the conflict. But there’s no sitting around for Hanlin. He bounces from Washington to New York to Hartford and back again; he relays messages, interprets orders and unwinds others’ schemes with a regularity that makes you wonder what turns the war would have taken without him. Osgood, the French prince, the younger brother, the horses, Lincoln- I can’t decide who is my favorite character. I just need to get my hands on the not-yet-released Volume 3 NOW.”
“This novel is successful based in no small part on the anti-hero charisma of its protagonist. William Hanlin, the soldier and state’s attorney, tells us the story though a first-person narrative that is compelling, and weirdly funny. The eloquent prose that Hicks uses for Hanlin seems appropriate for the era, but also suggests a witty man so disgusted by the bureaucracy around him that his command of the language (punctuated by plenty of profanity and insults), becomes endearing and a little sarcastic. Hanlin’s wit, style and distaste for his superiors recalls characters like Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, the Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and Yossarian in Catch-22. He is a really smartly drawn and compelling character.”
If there is a problem with the quality of the book that does not include being upset with any of the following portrayals of Civil War America – profanity, sex, violence, sarcasm, black humor, racism in every form, obscene political motivation, criminality, authoritarianism, disloyalty, censorship, profiteering, terrorism, guerrilla warfare -side by side with humanity and astonishing valor, we will happily (well, not really, we’ll pout, throw things and curse your name, but you won’t know any of that) refund the cost of the book with its return (in the dim hope we can get the printer to accept the blame).