Monday, August 25, 2014

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review:'Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott.

Throughout time wars have spawned fanatics, those willing to do anything to make sure their side wins, including collusion and spying. This is true of women as well as men, although we seldom hear of the exploits of the women in history to the extent as we do of the men. The Civil war was no different.
In Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott we are introduced to the lives of four women who had hidden agenda’s in a war that tore family’s apart and damaged the beginning of a nation. From outright spying to enlisting as a man, each of these women helped to make history in their own unique fashion.
You will find their sense of bravado quite courageous regardless of the sides they chose, and the fact that friends and family were also drawn into their exploits was quite daunting. Yet for a belief that they were right and doing what they could in their own way, they helped to shape the history of our nation and beliefs.
Abbott is a strong voice for these women and interspaced throughout are photos of the time.  You get in-depth information based off letters, diaries and the news, written about them at the time. The fear and concerns come through, but the bravery stands above it all. Each found a way to make a difference, cementing their place in history.
Written with an eye to suspense, steeped in detail and drudgery, you will find yourself ensconced within the world of civil war history, and behind the scenes viewing the characters.
If you enjoy history, adventure and courage you will find this is just the work for you. If you enjoy interaction between proponents, especially in war, this is the perfect find for your library. Abbott has turned what could be dry historical fact and given it faces and names that you can relate to.
Rating 3/5
This work was received through the authors publicist. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.

1 comment:

Michael Draper said...

Leslie Ann;
I like the concept of this book and the idea of women working as spies in the Civil War. Too bad it didn't appeal to you more. As they say, too little time and too many books.
Thanks for the review.