Book Reviews of The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War
The Hornet's Nest A Novel of the Revolutionary War
Author: Jimmy Carter
ISBN-13: 9780743255424
ISBN-10: 0743255429
Publication Date: 11/2003
Pages: 480
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Jimmy Carter brings to life the revolutionary war as it was fought in the deep south. It is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that much of the fight for independance took place in that region and it was a struggle of great and small battles and of terrible brutality, with neighbor turned against neighbor, the indians support sought by both sides and no quarter asked or given. The Hornet's nest follows a cast of characters and their loved ones on both sides of this violent conflict.
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Jimmy Carter writes his first novel set in the Revolutionary War in the south. Strong characters and good story line.
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Good read if interested in American Revolution and especially in southern view. Being from the north I hwas especially enthralled. A completely new prospective for this SAR member.

Well written and a surprise from Carter :-)
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Carter's pedantic prose clearly show that he is more comfortable with non-fiction, yet this -- his first novel -- is strangely compelling and readable. I learned so much about the Revolutionary War in the South that I found myself reading late into the night, even though sometimes I felt like it was a textbook! Recommended.
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President Jimmy Carter did a great service to Southern States in researching the information for this book. I found it very intersting to read about the American Revolution from their point of view and would be happy to share with someone. Babs
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I did not find this a particularly enthralling book. The story follows the lives of two brothers before and during the Revolutionary War. I didn't finish the book but those who have did like it. The style of writing was not for me - much like a textbook.
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The writing style is clumsy and it's not really a complete story. What this book is about is a tale of the Revolutionary war for a specific area for a time span of 5 years. Or so. It tries to take one man and run through the tale using him as a protagonist. It's not a novel, it's not a story, it's a collection of data and facts loosely woven together to attempt a story. Lots of facts but not quite a historical novel.
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This a great historical novel about the south during the Revolutionary War. Jimmy Carter adds some hot, steamy, lusty love scenes in this great novel when you least expect them.. This is a fantastic story.

The first work of fiction by a President of the United States -- a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence. In this ambitious novel, Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South. This is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that much of the fight for independence took place in that region and that it was a struggle of terrible brutality, with neighbor turned against neighbor, the Indians' support sought by both sides, no quarter asked or given. The Hornet's Nest follows a cast of characters on both sides of this violent conflict -- including some who are based on the author's ancestors. At the heart of the story is Ethan Pratt, who in 1766 moves with his wife from Philadelphia to North Carolina and then to Georgia in 1767. On their homesteads in Georgia, Ethan and his wife form a friendship with neighbors, Kindred Morris and his wife. Through Kindred and a his young Indian friend, Ethan learns about the frontier and the Native American tribes who are being continually pressed further inland by settlers. As the eight-year war develops, Ethan and Kindred find themselves in life-and-death combat with opposing forces. With a moving love story, vivid action, and a war fought with increasing ferocity and stealth, The Hornet's Nest is historical fiction in the tradition of major classics as The Last of the Mohicans.
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Novel of the Revolutionary War in the Southern States -- Georgia, Carolinas and Florida (rather than the more familiar North East states). The characters are a framework for history that is both facinating and largely unknown to me. Carter is a surprisingly good storyteller.
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought he did a great job making the characters come to life and showing the hardships that people in this time period faced.
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Really interesting, and very detailed.
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Out here on the West Coast, we do not live our lives surrounded by the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, as in the south where the author, Jimmy Carter lives. I was shocked by the realities of the war portrayed by the author in this fictionalized account. The burdens placed on families by marauding bands of soldiers was indeed difficult for them to bear. I will be listening to this Audio CD again.
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There were many interesting facts about that time in history. However, the book was too much like a recital of time lines and dates events occurred, rather than having the history woven into a plot. There was some plot and character development but no where near the writing quality of say a Vardis Fisher novel.
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This book is for history buffs. If you are into other types of fiction it's not for you. Reading was dull and though I stuck it out to the end, I did not enjoy.
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1st Ed. with dustjacket.