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Unholy Fire
Title : Unholy Fire
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ISBN : 9780312306748
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320

John “Kit” McKittredge is a young Federal officer from Maine who is terribly wounded in one of the first battles of the Civil War. Still unfit for active duty after nine months in hospital, he is recruited by an unorthodox colonel named Valentine Burdette to work in the Provost Marshal General’s office in Washington. The beleaguered Capital, now swollen to seven times itsJohn “Kit” McKittredge is a young Federal officer from Maine who is terribly wounded in one of the first battles of the Civil War. Still unfit for active duty after nine months in hospital, he is recruited by an unorthodox colonel named Valentine Burdette to work in the Provost Marshal General’s office in Washington. The beleaguered Capital, now swollen to seven times its pre-war population, is filled with saloons, brothels, spies, thieves and murderers. It is also rife with official corruption and political intrigue. While investigating what appears to be a routine case of military procurement fraud, Kit becomes embroiled in the murder of a beautiful young woman who has had the misfortune to attend the birthday party of Union General Joseph Hooker, the notorious and charming libertine.The investigation leads Kit through a series of harrowing adventures—both on the battlefield and in the Capital’s darkest dens of depravity—until he and Val Burdette must confront a vast criminal conspiracy that threatens both their own lives as well as the fate of the Republic. This riveting thriller by the award-winning author of the critically-acclaimed Stonewall’s Gold hauntingly brings to life one of the most dramatic periods of the Civil War.


Unholy Fire Reviews

  • Sharla

    This book kept me reading even though it was nightmarishly graphic and often unrealistic. Overall I think the historical aspects have been portrayed accurately. Joseph Hooker, especially, is portrayed realistically. Personally, I don't think Lincoln made "mistakes" in appointing generals. I think he simply didn't have good options early on. Kit's superhuman feats are too much. Maybe the most unbelievable thing for me was that Kit at twenty-one and during war time could have still been a virgin. [...]

  • Suzanne

    The first half of this book is long and boring. Nothing really happens until the middle of the book. It gets better, but fraud in military procurement? Could you have picked a more boring plot? Then the epilogue seems like it should be part of an entirely different book. I recommend skipping it.

  • Stef

    I am not usually a mystery book reader, but I was recommended this book and I love history I thought I would give it a read. Right off the bat I have to say that I really liked the style that this book was written in. It doesn't start out like a detective story, and it never really feels too much like a hard boiled mystery. The mystery plays a part in creating the atmosphere of a historical fiction set during the Civil War. Our narrator, Kit, has played his part in the early battles but has ende [...]

  • Jean

    (Audible; Patrick G. Lawlor, narrator) This is excellent historical fiction about the narrator's experiences in the Union Army during the Civil War, a war I generally avoid reading about unless Abraham Lincoln figures large. The background fabric is Lincoln's inability to find a decent general to lead the Army of the Potomac. The narrator, Kit, badly injured in a battle, becomes an opium addict, and this addiction--feeding it and treating it--is one of the plots. He becomes an investigator in th [...]

  • Marissa

    I loved it! It was fast paced, lots of actions, there was some crime solving. The characters! Val, Hathaway, Hooker, Amelie I loved them all, they were all interesting! I thought I wouldn't enjoy this since it's a civil war book, but I enjoyed it. The parts when Kit had to go through physical ordeals, I liked the description it felt like I was there and seeing it happen. I loved the epilogue!

  • PJ

    This novel should be regarded with the highest praise and honors from a elementary school writing competion. The characters and situations are "novel-y" and unbelievable. Skip it.

  • Miriam Krainacker

    Meh.Just - meh.

  • Wendy

    THe audio version of this book was excellent. I kept listening non-stop. What a great way to learn history. The story of corruption during the Civil War was fascinating. Sadly, little has changed.

  • Sue

    Civil war fiction is probably my favorite genre. I have met this author; he's married to a friend of mine. Also wrote "Stonewall's Gold."

  • AJ

    I did not enjoy this book very much. It had a good plot but I just dont like mystery books. I would not rate this book very high.

  • Luckngrace

    Another great Civil War story, examines Yankee soldiering, dangers presented from friendly troops as it applies to Yankee racism, war profiteering, prostitution. Well worth your time.

  • Monica

    If you don't mind frequent trips to the dictionary, this is a great read!

  • Barb Radmore

    Interesting look at the Civil War meshed with a detectitve story

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