The Last Full Measure

The Last Full Measure

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by Jack Campbell
     
 

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As the author of the bestselling Lost Fleet series, Jack Campbell s name is well-known to fans of interstellar heroics. Now, with his thrilling new novella The Last Full Measure, Campbell brings his keen eye for military adventure and political intrigue to a tale that is earthbound, but no less wondrous...

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As the author of the bestselling Lost Fleet series, Jack Campbell s name is well-known to fans of interstellar heroics. Now, with his thrilling new novella The Last Full Measure, Campbell brings his keen eye for military adventure and political intrigue to a tale that is earthbound, but no less wondrous...

In a transformed mid-nineteenth century America dominated by plantation owners and kept in line by Southern military forces, a mild-mannered academic from Maine, Professor Joshua Chamberlain, stands accused of crimes against the nation. In court alongside him is Abraham Lincoln, whose fiery rhetoric brands him a 'threat to the security of the United States of America.' Convicted, Chamberlain is sentenced to forty years hard labor, while Lincoln s fate is indefinite detention at Fortress Monroe. But Professor Chamberlain then encounters military minds who understand the true ideals upon which the country was founded and who want to foment revolution. To succeed, they need a leader, someone to inspire the people to take up the cause of liberty: Lincoln. All they have to do is flawlessly execute a daring plan to rescue him from the darkest federal prison.

In The Last Full Measure, Campbell delivers a riveting look at an America where war is imminent, and nothing is as it should be.

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Publishers Weekly
In this tedious alternate-history novella, a brutal dictatorship rules 1863 America through a corrupt partisan military, secret kangaroo courts, and control of the press. Campbell (the Lost Fleet series) introduces Abraham Lincoln as he is being sentenced to a lifetime of solitary confinement for stirring up anti-government sentiment. His codefendant, intrepid rhetoric professor Joshua Chamberlain, is sent off to 40 years of labor on a Southern plantation. They are soon rescued by members of the Army of the New Republic, which is fighting to restore America to its former democratic glory. From there, the story turns into a tiresome litany of military tactics as the freedom-loving citizens' army fights both the entrenched Southern money interests and the evil federal autocrats. The characters periodically speechify about freedom and liberty in stilted style, and Chamberlain’s prebattle exhortation to the troops is no St. Crispin’s Day speech. Campbell presumably meant to write an effective cautionary tale about government taking away liberties. Maybe one day he will. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596065680
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
06/28/2013
Edition description:
Deluxe
Pages:
98
Sales rank:
1,337,799
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Last Full Measure 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Wegg More than 1 year ago
I really love reading Jack Campbell's books. . . but this one was a little hard to swallow. I think it overly glorified a very touchy period in our history and gave it the stink of a kind of. . . Occupy Wallstreet . . . anti-corporation version of the civil war. Looking past that. . . the action was great, the characters believable and it was certainly worth reading. . . just not up to par with his other books in my opinion.