Writing under a man’s name, Josephine Breaux is the finest reporter at Washington’s Morning Clarion. Using her wit and charm, she never fails to get the scoop on the latest Union and Confederate activities. But when a rival paper reveals her true identity, accusations of treason fly. Despite her claims of loyalty to the Union, she is arrested as a spy and traitor.
To Josephine’s surprise, she’s whisked away to the White House, where she learns that President Lincoln himself wishes to use her cunning and skill for a secret mission in New Orleans that could hasten the end of the war. For Josephine, though, this mission threatens to open old wounds and expose dangerous secrets. In the middle of the most violent conflict the country has ever seen, can one woman overcome the treacherous secrets of her past in order to secure her nation’s future?
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About the Author
Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in Rhode Island and Vermont. In addition to working as a literary agent and innkeeper, he has been a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor programming simulators for nuclear submarines. He is the author of more than twenty novels, including the Wall Street Journal bestselling Righteous series, set in a polygamist enclave in the desert.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ll admit that I find much of American History boring. I’m sure that’s because of the way it was presented school—a dry presentation of facts about dead white guys followed by memorization of a bunch of names and dates that were regurgitated on a multichoice/fill-in-the-blank test. I’m almost certain this is why I’m drawn to historical fiction as they add a bit of life to the dull history presented in a textbook. The Crescent Spy by Michael Wallace is no exception. Following ousted reporter, Josephine Breaux, back home to Louisiana behind enemy lines added gritty details about the battle between North & South. Of course, Josephine had her own secrets hiding for her in New Orleans and Wallace deftly handles Josephine’s memories of her days as a child on a showboat with her mother weaving it within the narrative her activities for the Union army. Let’s just say you might be humming “Ol’ Man River” while thinking of Ken Burns’s Civil War documentary. Josephine stands on her own in world where men are dominant. Educated and willing to take a risk (or two) to save the Union, I admire her tenacity and wouldn’t mind reading another novel featuring her and her adventures. Oh, and I did I mention that she likes to read?
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A new twist on a civil war book. Told through the eyes of a female journalist/spy as she is sent down to New Orleans, LA to spy and send back anything she can find out about the Confederate hold on New Orleans. Josephine Breaux is a tough woman and I was cheering her on from the beginning! With little war scenes and more strategy I loved this take on writing about the civil war. There were definitely guns and ships a blazing, but the focus was on how Josephine could live the life of a well known journalist while sending secrets to the North. I loved how she was a smart woman when women weren't encouraged to be smart at this time and she could be strategic both in how her information was sent and what she suggested the war department in the North should do.
The Crescent Spy is a fabulous read! I really liked it and highly recommend it. 5 plus stars.
The Crescent Spy by Michael Wallace is a great historical novel. It is set during the Civil War and takes place mostly in New Orleans, Louisiana. Josephine Breaux is twenty years old and a reporter for the Morning Clarion in Washington, D.C. She gets information from both sides (using her feminine charms) which help her write great articles for the paper. Her stories were published under the name of Joseph Breaux. Until the day she was exposed and her editor fires her. Outside the newspapers office she is picked up by Pinkerton Agents. They believe she is a spy and are going to drop her off in Virginia unless she can convince them she is not a spy (and loyal to the Union). Josephine convinces Franklin Gray of her loyalty and he takes her to meet Allan Pinkerton and President Lincoln. They want her to go to New Orleans and get them information. She will be popular in New Orleans since the agents have made it look like she is a Southern sympathizer and a spy for their cause. Josephine gets a job at the New Orleans Daily Crescent. This gives Josephine a good cover for going about the city and getting a look at the military boats, installations (forts), and troops. But then an old friend of her mother’s spots her. Will this ruin everything that Josephine could do for the Union cause? You will have to read The Crescent Spy to see what happens to Josephine in New Orleans and how her work helps the Union cause. I truly enjoyed reading The Crescent Spy. The Crescent Spy is a well-written and engaging novel, and I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. There is a lot of history in the book (about fort, troops, and battles), but it is a necessary part of the story. I liked that Josephine was a brave, confidant woman. She was determined to use her talents for good. I give The Crescent Spy 4.5 out of 5 stars. There are just a couple of areas that are little sluggish, but overall a wonderful novel to read. I look forward to reading more novels by Michael Wallace. I received a complimentary copy of The Crescent Spy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.