Ghost Riders (Ballad Series #7)

Ghost Riders (Ballad Series #7)

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by Sharyn McCrumb
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket returns with another sweeping novel that juxtaposes the legends of the Civil War with the lives of the modern-day mountain folk immortalized in her award-winning books.

In 1861 the Civil War reached the mountainous South-where the enemy was your neighbor, the victims were

Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket returns with another sweeping novel that juxtaposes the legends of the Civil War with the lives of the modern-day mountain folk immortalized in her award-winning books.

In 1861 the Civil War reached the mountainous South-where the enemy was your neighbor, the victims were your friends, and the wrong army was whichever one you joined. When Malinda Blalock's husband, Keith, joined the army, she dressed as a boy and went with him. They spent the war close to home in the North Carolina mountains, acting as Union guerrilla fighters, raiding the farms of the Confederate sympathizers and making as much trouble as they could locally. As hard-riding, deadly outlaws, Keith and Malinda avenged Confederate raids on their kin and neighbors. McCrumb also brings into her story the larger-than-life narrative of the historical political figure Zebulon Vance, a self-made man and Confederate governor, who was from the mountains and fought for the interests of Appalachia within the hierarchy of the Confederacy.

Editorial Reviews

Tampa Tribune
"Author McCrumb weaves together the history of deadly Civil War outlaws Keith and Malinda Blalock and Confederate Gov. Zebulon Vance with the modern-day development of Tennessee in a pulse-pounding story. It’s an absolutely fantastic novel that slips readers a serious historical mickey.”
Library Journal
"A compelling Civil War tale with a chilling twist. McCrumb proves once again to be an especially fine storyteller, and her characters' observations about war in general-and this war in particular-resonate. As well researched as it is told, this will appeal to Civil War buffs in addition to McCrumb's fans."
Publishers Weekly
"Another epic ballad of a novel, a multi-tiered Civil War story that links past and present with an otherworldly twist. McCrumb writes high-spirited historical fiction, her lush, dense narratives shored up by thorough research and convincing period detail. Her latest is another harmonious, folksy blend of history and backwoods lore."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013921849
Publisher:
Sharyn McCrumb
Publication date:
03/03/2012
Series:
Ballad Series , #7
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
333
Sales rank:
212,291
File size:
283 KB

Meet the Author

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Frankie Silver and She Walks These Hills, and for St. Dale, winner of a Library of Virginia Award and featured at the National Festival of the Book. McCrumb, who has been named a “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature, was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the White House in 2006. In May 2011 she received the Perry F. Kendig Award for Achievement in Literary Arts from the Blue Ridge Arts Council of southwest Virginia.

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Ghost Riders 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kd-did47 More than 1 year ago
Great storytelling, interesting characters and plot. As a transplant to NC, I was especially intrigued by the real life characters whose names are all over the state (Vance, Merrimon, etc). Only downside was the poor editing of the e-book version - strange additional characters - very distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
A superbly written Civil War yarn that intertwines the past with the present with a ghostly spin. Truly, this is one of the best books that I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed other of McCrumb's books, but this one was too disjoined. I felt that Nora Bonesteel and Spencer Arrowood were present only to please those who had read earlier books. She never brought all the characters together the way she did in other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Found 'Ghost Riders' a disappointment as it jumped back and forth from one main character to another. Think Sharyn McCrumb has done much better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. McCrumb's novels takes you on a incredible journey with each book she writes. Even though I grew up in Pennsylvania with its own mountains and hills, her books take you to a place that we seldom hear about. She has no equal and truly one of the finest writers of our time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sharyn McCrumb is one of the best writers I have ever read. If you are from the South, then this book will hit home. Even if you aren't, read the book. The Civil War wasn't just about slavery. It had much more to it than that.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1861 when it comes to joining a side in the war, people living in the Southern Appalachia believe neither side is right because someone will detest you for signing up with the wrong team. When her husband Keith signs on with the Confederacy due to the pay, Malinda Blalock cuts her hair and joins too as his younger brother Sam. They try to receive a discharge, but soon become avenging outlaws even while a mountain peer Zebulon Vance somehow becomes governor of North Carolina.

At the same time except in the year is 2003, Civil War reenactment actors in the Appalachians reenacts a violent incident from 1862 when suddenly ghosts of Confederate soldiers appear. Local residents Rattler and Nora Bonesteel try to use their special gifts to calm the angry ghosts and assist them in moving on to the next plane.

Readers who enjoy a complete package with no finality need to look elsewhere. However, those fans that appreciate a deep comparative look at generations over a century apart with the ending of each ¿tale¿ left to the imagination will value the powerful GHOST RIDERS. As expected Sharyn McCrumb provides her audience with a strong story line filled with wonderful protagonists as she displays why she is so good at bringing together contemporary and historical perspectives as few writers can do.

Harriet Klausner