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The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Kyle says....

    A truly wonderful book written by a truly great man of immense genius. This book is a delight to read. If you are a fan of Mr. Carter and history, this is a book you will immensly enjoy. If I could rate it one hundred stars, I'd do so without hesitation. Thank you, Mr. Carter for this book, and keep them coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    Great history, but not so great storytelling

    This novel does a spectacular job of telling the history of the South during the American Revolution. It is obvious that Jimmy Carter put in much effort and research while writing this novel. He does a great job of describing the events in the South, which are usually ignored by most books. This book would be a very excellent choice if you were into history. Although the historical side of this novel is fantastic, the storytelling is very poor. There are many parts in the book filled with an enormous amount of historical detail, but nothing seems to happen in the plot. The story stands still for much of the book. Also, this book has many characters that show up once or twice and then disappear for the remainder of the novel. The few characters that do remain throughout the whole novel seem lifeless and inhuman. Overall, this book is an excellent tale of historical information but not so good as a story. I learned a lot about the role of the South in the American Revolution through this novel, but I did have some trouble getting through the slow plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Jimmy Carter at his Best

    This is a book that really takes you to the time and place of which Jimmy Carter writes. History was never one of my strong likes but Hornets Nest has changed my outlook. Mr. Carter knows how to teach you history and pull you deep into the lives of his characters. What a great read ! Even my husband is into it and he very seldom has the time to sit down and read a book. J. Ware Leonard, TX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Works as a history, but not as a novel.

    I have tremendous admiration and respect for former President Carter. I am truly sorry I can't post a better review of his first novel, but ¿ well, here it is. The book's greatest strength is the tremendous amount of research that went into it. It works wonderfully well as a history of the American Revolution in the South, and that's certainly a neglected viewpoint. It is also, exactly as I would expect, well written from a technical standpoint. Presented as nonfiction, I'd have found it enjoyable reading; but for me it didn't work as a novel. Its characters speak in stilted, pedagogical voices, imparting information to modern readers when they should be interacting with each other in believable fashion. The endless pages of detail would be appropriate in a history book, but in fiction they make excruciatingly slow reading because they fail ¿ most of the time, anyway ¿ to move the plot along. Getting lost in the story and caring about the characters might happen for some other reader, but it wasn't possible for me. I learned from this book, but I can't say that I was entertained by it.

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