A Rainbow of Blood: The Union in Peril-An Alternate History

A Rainbow of Blood: The Union in Peril-An Alternate History

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by Peter Tsouras
     
 

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“Do you know what military glory is? It is ‘that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood—that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy.’” —Abraham Lincoln

The Union in dire peril! The war that began in Peter G. Tsouras’s previous alternate history, Britannia’s Fist,

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“Do you know what military glory is? It is ‘that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood—that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy.’” —Abraham Lincoln

The Union in dire peril! The war that began in Peter G. Tsouras’s previous alternate history, Britannia’s Fist, accelerates during a few desperate weeks in October 1863. From the bayous of Louisiana to the green hills of the Hudson Valley, from Chicago in flames to the gates of Washington itself, the Great War uncoils in ropes of fire. French and British armies are on the march, and heavy reinforcements have put to sea. Copperheads have risen in revolt to drag the Midwest into the Confederacy as a vital Union army stands starving and under siege in Tennessee. Meanwhile, Robert E. Lee and the Royal Navy set in motion a stroke that is boldness itself. The Union staggers under these blows.

While the Grenadier Guards march into glory in upstate New York’s apple orchards, from the second story of a shot-up Washington hotel Abraham Lincoln watches a forest of the red flags of rebellion waving over a Confederate column rushing across the Long Bridge. To stop them is a war-worn regiment of New York soldiers. To their backs Washington burns. But new technologies and the art of intelligence are thrown onto the scales, while Russia plans to enter the war to avenge its humiliation in the Crimean War.

A Rainbow of Blood brings forward the Great War from its outbreak to the first great crisis of the embattled republic. Peopled with remarkable personalities of the age, the book rattles with the tramp of armies marching down one of the most intriguing roads not taken—or even imagined—until now.

Editorial Reviews

Brooks D. Simpson

“When it comes to history, everyone loves to ask, ‘What if?’ No one does this better than Peter Tsouras, who explores one of the biggest ‘what ifs’ of the American Civil War, namely, what would have happened had Great Britain and France decided to take up arms against the Union in 1863? The result is a gripping narrative of battles from Maine to Louisiana, with even Washington under attack. New weapons and staunch presidential leadership might well hold the key to ultimate victory. To say more would spoil the story of familiar names in new places in a plot full of surprises that will hold the reader spellbound.”—Brooks D. Simpson, ASU Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University, and author of America’s Civil War
Dennis Showalter

“The second volume of this trilogy brings the newly expanded war to the United States. Tsouras understands the dynamics of mid-nineteenth century armed forces. He presents a convincing strategic situation. He describes battles so vividly one can smell the gunpowder. He keeps historical exposition, situation-changing technologies, and fictional characters to a minimum. And he shifts scenes with a smooth mastery that sustains suspense and keeps the pages turning. A Rainbow of Blood is one hell of a good read!”—Dennis Showalter, professor of history at Colorado College
From the Publisher
“When it comes to history, everyone loves to ask, ‘What if?’ No one does this better than Peter Tsouras, who explores one of the biggest ‘what ifs’ of the American Civil War, namely, what would have happened had Great Britain and France decided to take up arms against the Union in 1863? The result is a gripping narrative of battles from Maine to Louisiana, with even Washington under attack. New weapons and staunch presidential leadership might well hold the key to ultimate victory. To say more would spoil the story of familiar names in new places in a plot full of surprises that will hold the reader spellbound.”

“The second volume of this trilogy brings the newly expanded war to the United States. Tsouras understands the dynamics of mid-nineteenth century armed forces. He presents a convincing strategic situation. He describes battles so vividly one can smell the gunpowder. He keeps historical exposition, situation-changing technologies, and fictional characters to a minimum. And he shifts scenes with a smooth mastery that sustains suspense and keeps the pages turning. A Rainbow of Blood is one hell of a good read!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597972116
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

A former U.S. Army officer, Peter G. Tsouras is a senior military intelligence analyst, a military historian, and the author or editor of two dozen works of military history and alternate history. Many of his books have been selected by the History Book Club and the Military Book Club and have been widely translated. He is the author of Britannia’s Fist: From Civil War to World War—An Alternate History (Potomac Books, Inc., 2008). A regular guest on the History Channel and similar venues in Britain and Canada, Tsouras lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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A Rainbow of Blood: The Union in Peril?An Alternate History 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
James_Durney More than 1 year ago
I enjoy "what if" history understanding that alternate paths are very possible throughout our historical journey. Doing alternate history is difficult and very exacting. Unless the author hijacks a historical name for a fictional character, the author must know about the person. Additionally, the author must understand the time. The fictional characters must be a product of their times, not some modern day personage and they must be realist. After that, the author must find an alternate patch that is possible and construct a believable story. When done right, something that seldom happens, readers are in for an enjoyable experience. Peter G. Tsouras' outstanding Union in Peril series is done right! The author knows history, understands the times, has a very sound grasp of tactics, weapons and can write. The result is an absorbing mix of history and fiction on a grand scale. This is the second book in the series. I recommend reading "Britannia's Fist: from Civil War to World War" first. While this book provides an excellent review bring the reader "up to date", the full story is much more fun. During the Civil War, Adams feared the United States and Great Britain would go to war. The British upper class had strong emotional ties to the Confederacy. British firms made millions supply the Confederacy while shipyard built blockage runners and warships. The government ignored these activities, moved slowly to stop abuse or found legal reasons for not acting. Book one, has a US warship sink an almost Confederate warship in British waters. Intervention by a British warship results in a naval battle and war. This book opens with United States fighting Great Britain, France and the CSA. Rosecrans is bottled up in Chattanooga, Sherman is putting down the Copperhead rebellion, Meade is sparing with Lee. In Louisiana, Banks faces a joint French CSA invasion from Texas. "Fighting Joe" Hooker is leading an army up the Hudson River Valley to stop an invasion from Canada and Chamberlain is under siege in Portland while Sedgwick rushes to his relief. This is a large canvas. The author keeps the stories moving, jumping from place to place with ease. This gives us the sense of simultaneous actions but we never get lost. No small feat with multiple battles, national and international politics coupled with a Copperhead attempt on Lincoln' life. This book covers the campaigns of 1863, ending as winter closes in. Both sides are drawing a deep breath and resolving to continue in the next book. This is the best active alternate history series. These books are written as history, with endnotes. I consider them a page-turner and read this one in a couple of days.
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Pads out, shrugging. "They'll bleed out."
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