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#1 New York Times bestselling author John
Jakes presents part two of the epic North and South
Trilogy—the Civil War saga that inspired the classic television
miniseries North and South—with over five million
copies sold!

“Massive, lusty, highly readable…A
graphic, fast-paced amalgam of good, evil, love, lust, war, violence,
and Americana.”—The Washington Post Book
World

From the first shots at Fort Sumter, the Hazards
and the Mains are divided against each other—and themselves. Some
will experience the horrors of war on the front lines on some of the
bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War. Some will give their lives for
their beliefs. But all will be caught in the triumph and tragedy of a
conflict that destroyed a country’s innocence—and forged a
nation.


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Reviews for Love and War (North & South):

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May 30, 2013

I struggled with this, it took me years to finally read this. I remember quite enjoying North and South, but I found this to just...drone on and on. Yes, there were good parts, and I loved some of the characters, but...I don't know...I guess I don't really have much to say about this one. I'm sure I'll read Heaven and Hell at some point down the road, but it wont be any time soon.

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Dec 20, 2012

Jakes continues the trilogy with an explosive sequel to North and South, in which he depicts the American Civil War from many angles. Using his well-crafted collection of characters, Jakes tells the story of the War and its nuanced undertones in such a way that the reader cannot help but push forward, curious about how history and fiction will intermingle successfully. The Hazards and Mains, amicable in the opening novel, have chosen sides in the War, mostly due to their geographic location, and Jakes continues the trilogy with an explosive sequel to North and South, in which he depicts the American Civil War from many angles. Using his well-crafted collection of characters, Jakes tells the story of the War and its nuanced undertones in such a way that the reader cannot help but push forward, curious about how history and fiction will intermingle successfully. The Hazards and Mains, amicable in the opening novel, have chosen sides in the War, mostly due to their geographic location, and take up their respective banners. This places major strains on many relationships, though there are those that cross lines in order to flourish. Triumphant in victory, sorrowful in defeat, and cunning in treachery, the story moves through the five years of battle to tell a story of the Civil War not yet told, the complete tale from battlefield to political backroom, to household living room. Told with candor and great attention to detail, the reader will bask in the attention given all aspects and marvel at Jakes’ storytelling abilities.

Those familiar with and fans of Jeff Shaara’s work may particularly enjoy this book. Taking the numerous battles and tying a story around them, Jakes brings life to the individuals involved and their personal struggles. However, as Jakes posits, the War was more than battles; it was a collection of political, social, economic, and moral decisions tied into a five year period. Jakes uses his characters to tell a story that does not end with muskets and bleeding corpses, but extends to political negotiations, coups, assassinations, and civil unrest between the whites and blacks far from fields of battle. While history texts choose to focus on Lincoln, Davis, Lee, and Grant, the story looks at how citizens reacted to events around them and how their lives changed dramatically.

Jakes aptly names this second book, for it is through both LOVE and WAR that the entire story is told. Love of country, status, history, and political beliefs fuelled the war on both sides. The battling was but one type of war ongoing throughout, where friends’ love was torn apart because of their geographic placement. How one’s physical land can determine their mindset is astonishing, but it plays a key role in understanding how friends could look friends in the eye and kill them without blinking. Love of reunification, the latter portion of the book’s premise, leaves Jakes to silently hint that geographic unity does not necessarily a happy country make. By the end of the War, when Johnson (acting on Lincoln’s dream) reunites the United States together, the ‘mended’ country is anything but united. Another 100 + years will be needed to quell the racial war that brought on the Civil War and it was the second Johnson president who brought it all to pass. Just as imperialism was sure to create weak geographic countries, so did the forced reunification.

Kudos Mr. Jakes for that powerful story. It leads us into a post-War novel, sure to have burning embers that unite and destroy the Hazards and Mains anew. ...more
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Jul 27, 2011

I may be the only reviewer on here who hasn't seen the mini-series based on these books. I'll have to order the DVD after I finish the third book.
I thought this was a great book, very enjoyable, easy to read historical fiction. I'm a big fan of Jakes now.


This story is a perfect demonstration of what I love about historical fiction. I really enjoy learning more about the past. It's fascinating to learn more about important events that shaped our nation and our culture today. BUT I'm just not I may be the only reviewer on here who hasn't seen the mini-series based on these books. I'll have to order the DVD after I finish the third book.
I thought this was a great book, very enjoyable, easy to read historical fiction. I'm a big fan of Jakes now.


This story is a perfect demonstration of what I love about historical fiction. I really enjoy learning more about the past. It's fascinating to learn more about important events that shaped our nation and our culture today. BUT I'm just not going to sit and read a textbook. Or anything that reads like a textbook. I really don't care much about the specific military formations and strategies or the intricate political machinations. But I love reading about the lives of people; everything from their hopes and dreams to what they ate for breakfast or what kind of shoes they wore.

In this series I loved learning little historical/cultural tidbits. For example- in one part of this series, he mentions how when pants with flys were invented they were considered risqué and scandalous. Wow-never thought about that as a modern invention or a world where something like that was frowned on. I enjoyed seeing the development of submarine warfare and the invention of torpedoes.
Jakes gives you a perfect blend of both in this book. You get to learn A LOT more about the civil war and the issues surrounding it, but you learn it while reading a fascinating story.


I thought Jakes does a pretty fair job of presenting both sides of the conflict. You see the good and bad of both the Union and The Confederacy. There are heroes and villains on both sides.


Jakes's characters are what makes this such a great story. He create characters you really remember. The good guys are great but flawed. The bad guys (and girls) are REALLY loathsome, the type you love to hate.


Yes, the book definitely got a little soap opera-ish. Ok--a lot soap opera-ish. But I didn't mind--as long as it's immersed in an interesting historical epic, I can handle drama.
Great book--I definitely recommend it.
However, be forewarned: it's 1,085 pages. I got a little bored half way through and took a break from it for about a year. But I loved it again when I re-started it.


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Apr 19, 2019

History is horror. Historical fiction as a genre might as well be shelved next to Horror, in a bookstore, before you move further on to the sci-fi and fantasy. The way people treated other people was jaw-droppingly awful. Everyone knows this, I know I'm stating the obvious, but it's books like the North and South series that really illustrate how bad things were in the past, and reminds me how great we have it today.

This isn't a Civil War book. I pretty much understood that going in. I wish History is horror. Historical fiction as a genre might as well be shelved next to Horror, in a bookstore, before you move further on to the sci-fi and fantasy. The way people treated other people was jaw-droppingly awful. Everyone knows this, I know I'm stating the obvious, but it's books like the North and South series that really illustrate how bad things were in the past, and reminds me how great we have it today.

This isn't a Civil War book. I pretty much understood that going in. I wish Jakes could have elaborated on some of the battles a little more, since half of our main characters were involved in the war, whether on the battlefield or in the War Department. But the author did state in the back of the book that he didn't want to write what was already written. Events that we all know. He wanted to shed light on events that is lesser known. Like testing the first submarine, or what went on inside Libby prison. He wrote a story about people, and how they managed to survive (some thrive... greedy shitheads that they were) while the country was at war with each other. What the war has done to them, psychologically. The strains in families and relationships. The extreme hardships, suffered by all. How the South really struggled as the result of the North's blockade. How the whites view the blacks. We all know about slavery and we all know about racism. But John Jake's truly brought it to life. He didn't sugarcoat or minimize. I think he told the brutal truth. It was powerful, man...

That's why I read big tomes like this. Because for almost a solid month I was living in the 1860s. There is a big cast of characters, most continued from the first book. This was well-written, and well-paced.
I don't think this dragged at all.

Very impressive installment in a great trilogy. Better than the first! I certainly can't wait to read the next one. ...more
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Dec 27, 2009

I got a bit more than halfway through and realized that it's not nearly as good as I remembered. Will finish it up one of these days, but I can only take so much disjointed rambling and non-action. This book is an example of the movie being much better. Those screenwriters did a tremendous job of taking this book and forming an actual plot that moves at a good clip with everything tied in. Jakes tried to do too much in this book IMO, and there were many many scenes where I wondered what the I got a bit more than halfway through and realized that it's not nearly as good as I remembered. Will finish it up one of these days, but I can only take so much disjointed rambling and non-action. This book is an example of the movie being much better. Those screenwriters did a tremendous job of taking this book and forming an actual plot that moves at a good clip with everything tied in. Jakes tried to do too much in this book IMO, and there were many many scenes where I wondered what the point was. It had the loose feeling of vignettes, and I no more got into a scene with one character when I was bounced off to see what another character was up to. The relative conciseness and focus of North and South was severely lacking here. ...more
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Oct 22, 2016

Perhaps my biggest complaint with John Jakes' North and South book series is the overwhelming number of characters that inhabit his novels. I found myself laboring to read this 2nd book in this classic American Civil War trilogy series. In the mid-1980's, I was hooked on the television adaptation versions of Jakes' characters. On paper, those same characters seemed to lack something that was able to translate on screen. For me, Love and War was at turns laboriously long and shockingly abrupt. Perhaps my biggest complaint with John Jakes' North and South book series is the overwhelming number of characters that inhabit his novels. I found myself laboring to read this 2nd book in this classic American Civil War trilogy series. In the mid-1980's, I was hooked on the television adaptation versions of Jakes' characters. On paper, those same characters seemed to lack something that was able to translate on screen. For me, Love and War was at turns laboriously long and shockingly abrupt. There were many major events in the novel that seemed to occur out of nowhere, then were glazed over as if the event wasn't nearly as major as it was. In those moments, it appeared Jakes realized he had too many characters' stories to tell and wrap-up and "only" 1000+ pages in which to tell them. What has frustrated me to this point in the books series is that there is no one or even two central character(s) to ground the story as each seems to share the stage equally. Reading, I found this to be a fault as there always seemed to be too much going on, being stretched out between too many characters. Love and War is an "OK" read, but, unfortunately for me, not much more.

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Jan 24, 2008

I tried, really! I tried reading it, picking it up again, I tried to get myself to read one more page, a line, one more word, but I couldn't do it. I've given up on the book around page 300, which was already an achievement, in my opinion.

The first book was quite interesting, it presented us to the characters, introduced us to the Civil War, and I was curious as I know little about it, but the way the author does it on this book was a turn off, so to speak. I understand the desire for the author I tried, really! I tried reading it, picking it up again, I tried to get myself to read one more page, a line, one more word, but I couldn't do it. I've given up on the book around page 300, which was already an achievement, in my opinion.

The first book was quite interesting, it presented us to the characters, introduced us to the Civil War, and I was curious as I know little about it, but the way the author does it on this book was a turn off, so to speak. I understand the desire for the author to deal with the politics behind the Civil War, letting us know that, although fighting for one of the sides, not everyone was fighting for the same ideal. However he does it in a very dull way, with a few or no action at all. Maybe it's me, since I'm used to Cornwell and George R.R. Martin taking me, as a reader, to the middle of the battle. But in this book that doesn't happen. The only battle I came across had a bunch of people running from it; from the battle itself almost nothing.

Besides it has so many characters still underdeveloped, not getting me interested on what expected them. Couldn't relate or worry enough to read more about them; and you should worry since it's a book 2 out of 3. I hoped to see more depth to them and a more dynamic attitude. George Hazard for example, seems to spend the book pacing around thinking and thinking over again but doing little about what worried him.

You seem to read and read and nothing happens. It's frustrating. I've given up on it, I prefer the television series. ...more
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Mar 07, 2017

The second book of the trilogy and this one focuses on the civil war in itself. With half our characters fighting for the 'South' and half for the 'North', the book ends up swinging back and forth across the frontline as each one fights his. or her, battles in their own way.

Some of the chapters were a bit slow in this volume - some of the political shenanigans made tedious reading, but in the main there wasn't much to dislike about this book. I loved the fact that some of the nasty characters The second book of the trilogy and this one focuses on the civil war in itself. With half our characters fighting for the 'South' and half for the 'North', the book ends up swinging back and forth across the frontline as each one fights his. or her, battles in their own way.

Some of the chapters were a bit slow in this volume - some of the political shenanigans made tedious reading, but in the main there wasn't much to dislike about this book. I loved the fact that some of the nasty characters really got their comeuppance in this one. There are some sad moments too, and some pretty horrific ones, as the author doesn't hold a lot back when describing the scenes of battles and their aftermath.

So despite taking me ages to read, I'm looking forward to reading the next volume to see how the Hazards and the Mains face the new America. ...more
5

Mar 07, 2012

Book #2 of the North and south Trilogy: North and South; Love and War; and Heaven and Hell

"From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the continuing saga of two families - Hazards and the Mains. From the first shots at Fort Sumter, both families are divided against each other - and themselves. Some would experience the horrors of war on the front lines on some of the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War...Some would give their lives for their beliefs...But all Book #2 of the North and south Trilogy: North and South; Love and War; and Heaven and Hell

"From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the continuing saga of two families - Hazards and the Mains. From the first shots at Fort Sumter, both families are divided against each other - and themselves. Some would experience the horrors of war on the front lines on some of the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War...Some would give their lives for their beliefs...But all would be caught in the triumph and tragedy of a conflict that destroyed a country's innocence - and forged a nation."

Wonderful...a must read...one you CAN put down, because of the awful pain...but anxious to pick up again and continue with the families in their myriad of tests. ...more
5

Nov 12, 2016

LOVE AND WAR (1984) Book Review

I have stumbled across my share of "Best Civil War Novels" lists on the Internet. I have yet to come across a list that includes John Jakes' 1984 novel, "LOVE AND WAR".

Back in the 1980s, Jakes created his second major literary series, a trilogy about two wealthy American families during a period of thirty years during the 19th century. The first novel, "NORTH AND SOUTH" (1982) focused on the experiences of the Hazards of Pennsylvania and the Mains of South LOVE AND WAR (1984) Book Review

I have stumbled across my share of "Best Civil War Novels" lists on the Internet. I have yet to come across a list that includes John Jakes' 1984 novel, "LOVE AND WAR".

Back in the 1980s, Jakes created his second major literary series, a trilogy about two wealthy American families during a period of thirty years during the 19th century. The first novel, "NORTH AND SOUTH" (1982) focused on the experiences of the Hazards of Pennsylvania and the Mains of South Carolina between the years 1842 and 1861. "HEAVEN AND HELL" (1987), the third novel, is set between 1865 and 1877. But the second novel, "LOVE AND WAR" focused on the two families' experiences during the Civil War.

The trilogy began when George Hazard, the son of a wealthy iron industrialist; and Orry Main, the son of a South Carolina rice planter; first met on their way to West Point in the late spring of 1842. The pair quickly became life-long friends, as they survived four years at the military academy, the Mexican-American War, and nearly a decade-and-a-half of political strife over the issue of slavery. Due to George and Orry's friendship, their two families became very close over the years. By the end of "NORTH AND SOUTH", George's younger brother Billy had married Orry's younger sister, Brett. Orry and the love his life, Madeline Fabray LaMotte, finally reconciled after years of clandestine meetings, when Madeline left her venal husband Justin Lamotte, after seventeen years of marriage.

However, following the outbreak of the Civil War, the friendship and familial connection between the Hazards and the Mains became tested when the Civil War begins. "LOVE AND WAR" began two weeks after "NORTH AND SOUTH" ended - in late April 1861. By the beginning of "LOVE AND WAR", the two families consist of:

The Hazards
*George Hazard - one of the protagonists, who is a former Army officer and like his father, an iron industrialist
*Constance Flynn Hazard - George's Irish-born wife and an abolitionist
*Stanley Hazard - George's older brother, who left the iron trade to become a politician
*Isobel Truscott Hazard - Stanley's shrewish and social-climbing wife
*Virgilia Hazard - George's only sister and die-hard abolitionist
*Billy Hazard - George's younger brother and Army officer
*Brett Main Hazard - Orry's youngest sister and Bily's new bride

The Mains
*Orry Main - one of the protagonists, who is a former Army officer and like his father, a rice planter
*Madeline Fabray LaMotte Main - Orry's wife and widow of Justin LaMotte
*Cooper Main - Orry's older brother and owner of a shipping company
*Ashton Main Huntoon - Orry's younger sister and die-hard secessionist
*Charles Main - Orry's young cousin, who had resigned from the U.S. Army to join the Confederacy Army
*Judith Stafford Main - Cooper's wife, who also happens to be an abolitionist
*James Huntoon - Ashton's husband, who is also a secessionist and attorney
*Clarissa Brett Main - Orry's ailing mother

The novel not only featured the viewpoints of the Hazards and Mains, but also their friends, lovers, slaves and one Elkhannah Bent, an Ohio-born Army officer who had become an enemy of George and Orry during their years at West Point. Bent even became an enemy of Charles Main, when the two had served together on the Texas frontier in the late 1850s. the outbreak and chaos of war, along with Bent's determination to survive, failed to put a damper on his desire to strike back at George, Orry, Charles and the other members of the two families.

I noticed that most of "LOVE AND WAR" focused on the Civil War's Eastern Theater. Aside from taking readers to the political offices, salons and the military hospitals of Washington D.C. and Union Army camps; the novel also explored the Union and Confederate home fronts in Lehigh Station, Pennsylvania - the Hazards' hometown; and the Mains' plantation, Mont Royal, in the South Carolina low country. Jakesk also explored various historical and violent incidents on the homefront through his characters - especially the Southern bread riot that broke out in 1862 Richmond, and the 1863 New York City draft riots. Although both George and Orry become military officers again after thirteen-to-fourteen years as civilians, their wartime experiences as military bureaucrats prove to be sources of great frustration for both of them. Stanley Hazard's role as a political aide with the War Department gave readers a look into the politics of wartime Washington D.C. Readers learn about politics in wartime Richmond via the eyes of Ashton Main Huntoon, who also happened to be a politician's wife. Through Virgilia Hazard, readers not only discover what countless number of women - including a future famous author - experienced as a wartime nurse. Cooper Main joined the Confederate's Navy Department at the beginning of the war and through him, readers learned about the Confederates' efforts to construct new warships in Great Britain's shipyards. Through characters like Charles Main and Billy Hazard, readers explored the horrors of Civil War combat and prison camps in Maryland, Pennsylvania and especially Northern Virginia. Only through the Elkhannah Bent character were readers able to experience the war's Western theater via the Battle of Shiloh and Union occupied New Orleans.

If I must be honest, I am rather surprised that Jakes' trilogy, especially "LOVE AND WAR", became major bestsellers. From the recent comments and reviews I have read on the Internet, I came away with the feeling that many found "LOVE AND WAR" difficult to read. In fact, many readers have complained that the novel featured too many characters. I found this complaint rather odd, considering that novels with several major characters have been the norm during the 20th century. And when did the number of characters suddenly became a detriment to a good novel? Following my recent reading of "LOVE AND WAR", I must admit that I find this opinion hard to accept. And then there is the matter of the novel's content. I have discovered that a good number of critics seem unwilling to accept Jakes' mixture of historical drama and melodrama. And so, I found myself scratching my head at another criticism. Melodrama and history in a novel? These two elements have been the norm in many historical dramas - including the still highly rated "GONE WITH THE WIND" and the "POLDARK" series. When did the mixture of history and melodrama become unacceptable?

When it comes to the mixture of history and melodrama, I believe John Jakes has proven to be one of the few novelists who did it best. In "LOVE AND WAR", I thought he did an excellent job in conveying both the personal and historic experiences of his major characters - especially during a highly charged period in American history like the Civil War. Not only did the author explore his characters' desires, loves, fears, personal tragedy and ambition; he did so while exploring the historical background of the novel's setting. I just realized that aside from a handful of history books and documentaries, I managed to learn a great deal about the United States' Antebellum period, the Civil War and the post-war era from the NORTH AND SOUTH Trilogy, due to Jakes' meticulous research and skillful writing. And about human nature.

Four of the most interesting aspects of "LOVE AND WAR" proved to be the wartime experiences of Billy Hazard, Brett Main Hazard, a former slave named Jane and Charles Main. Being an Army engineer, Billy Hazard did not participate in any battles, although he did witness a good deal of danger. Billy started out the novel as an Army officer loyal to the Union cause, but lacking any sympathy toward abolition or African-Americans - unlike Virgilia, Constance or George. Despite spending the first half of the war maintaining this attitude, it took capture by Confederate forces and a harrowing period as a prisoner of war inside Libby Prison for Billy to even understand what it means to be treated cruelly, let alone be under the complete control of another. And it took his experiences with black troops during the war's last year to make him view them more than just subhuman, children or victims.

Ironically, his wife, Brett Main Hazard, went through a similar metamorphosis on the home front. Being the daughter and later, the sister of a South Carolina planter, Brett had difficulty adjusting to life in the North and the resentment of the Hazards' neighbors. Throughout the novel, Brett's encounter with several people during the war forced her to question her own priviledged Southern upbring through a series of stages. First, she helped her impoverished sister-in-law, the hardcore abolitionist Virgilia Hazard, regain some kind of physical attraction. George and Constance Hazard's sponsorship of a local orphanage for Southern black children displaced by the war led Brett to develop compassion for them - something she had failed to do with her family's slaves back at Mont Royal. The orphanage also led to a surprising friendship with the orphanage's founder, a New England-born black man named Arthur Scipio Brown.

Another interesting character proved to be a young African-American woman named Jane, who found herself living at Mont Royal during the war. Jane was never owned by the Mains. She was introduced as a recently emancipated slave, who was accompanying her aunt, an elderly free black woman named Aunt Belle Nin, to the Union lines. Due to Aunt Belle's illness, the pair sought brief refuge at Mont Royal, due to the elderly woman's friendship with Madeline Main. Following Aunt Belle's death, Madeline asked Jane to remain at Mont Royal and educate the plantation's slaves in preparation for the end of the war. Madeline, who was biracial, foresaw the end of slavery and wanted the slaves to be prepared for the chaos of a post-war South. Through Jane's eyes, readers saw how the institution of slavery affected her fellow African-Americans throughout generations. What made Jane's role in the novel so interesting is that readers were given a closer and more personal look at the slaves as human beings than he ever did in the trilogy's first novel, "NORTH AND SOUTH".

Charles Main's wartime experiences did not bring about a social and political metamorphisis as it did his cousin and best friend, Brett and Billy Hazard. Even as a child, he never really shared his family's racism or dismiss the ugliness of slavery. On the other hand, readers were granted an exploration of life within the ranks of the Confederate Army through his eyes. Looking back, I realized that Charles' experiences pretty much served as a metaphor for the novel's title. Charles had began the story as a man who had already gained experience as a military officer during his four years at West Point and another four years as a U.S. Army officer on the Texas frontier. He spent his early months of the war not only trying (and sometimes failing) to instill a sense of professionalism to the Confederate soldiers who served under him. Charles' sense of professionalism also included a belief that soldiers had no business getting involved in a serious romance. As far as Charles was concerned, serious romance prevented a soldier from being distracted and doing his job. This belief was immediately challenged after meeting a young and witty Virginia widow named Augusta Barclay, who owned a farm in Northern Virginia. Despite his efforts to maintain an emotional distance from Augusta, Charles' feelings for her deepened. And as the war began to take an emotional toll upon him, Charles began to question the logic of continuing his romance with Augusta. If anything, Charles' professional and personal experiences during the war proved to be a prime example of Jakes' ability to skillfully weave both history and melodrama together.

I do have a few complaints about "LOVE AND WAR". One, most of the novel's setting seemed to be focused solely on the war's Eastern Theater - with scenes and chapters set along the Eastern Seabord. Villain Elkhanah Bent's participation in the Battle of Shiloh and his assignment in New Orleans gaves readers a view of the war's Western theater. Also, at least three characters ended up in the New Mexico Territory by the end of the war. But a part of me wished that Jakes had allowed more scenes away from the East - as he had done in "NORTH AND SOUTH".

But my complaint about setting is minor in compare to another issue - namely the novel's villains. I will give Jakes kudos for managing to portray them with the same kind of complexity as he did his protagonists. I suspect that he may have somewhat succeed with Elkhannah Bent, Ashton Huntoon and Stanley Hazard. The author went further in revealing their desires, fears and ways of dealing with their personal demons and crisis. However, both Bent and Ashton still seemed less rounded than in compare to the protagonists. James Huntoon had been portrayed as a minor villain in the 1982 novel. But once his marriage fell apart, thanks to Ashton's love affair with a smuggler and political conspirator named Lamar Powell and his career within the Confederate government stalled, Huntoon ceased to be a villain and Jakes portrayed him with a lot more sympathy.

Jakes' portrayal of the Mont Royal slave named Cuffey began with some level of complexity, as the character expressed his anger over being considered the Mains' property. But not much time had passed before Jakes had reduced Cuffey to a one-note thug and bully. I look back at Forest Whitaker's portrayal of the character in the 1986 miniseries, "NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" and found myself wishing that the literary version of the character had been portrayed in a similar manner. Jakes' portrayal of Isabel Truscott Hazard remained as static as ever. Although Jakes seemed willing to portray Stanley with more complexity, he kept Isabel as the one-note vindictive shrew throughout the novel - with the exception of one scene in which she discovered Stanley's affair with a tawdry actress. As for the Lamar Powell character, he struck me as a one-dimensional rogue with a cruel and controlling streak. Granted, Jakes did allow one sequence featuring Powell's point-of-view. But that could not save the character for me.

I cannot say the same about George's older brother, Stanley Hazard. Jakes seemed a lot more sympathetic toward Stanley in "LOVE AND WAR" than he was in the preceeding novel. Stanley did not become a better person. His views of his brother George remained as resentful as ever, despite his own success in politics. And his support of the Radical Republicans and their pro-abolitionist views was at best, a hoax on his part in order to further his career. And yet, Jakes seemed more than willing to portray Stanley with a bit more sympathy and more complexity.

On the other hand, I found it odd that Jakes was willing to be more flexible with Stanley's character, but he could not do the same for the character's only sister, Virgilia Hazard. Unlike other fans of Jakes' saga, I have never regarded Virgilia as a villain and I never will. I do not regard her as perfect. And she is guilty of killing a wounded Confederate officer who had the bad luck to share the same name as her former lover, a fugitive slave named Grady who had been killed during John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. But I can never regard Virgilia as a villain. One, I share her political views . . . very strongly. Two, I find her family's unwillingness to allow Virgilia to be herself rather frustrating. I suspect that their dismissal of her politics - due to their own conservatism and her gender - had a negative effect on her character. And three, I have noticed that Jakes' negative portrayal of Virgilia seemed to have spread toward those historic figures that share her politics - namely the Radical Republicans.

I realize that the Radical Republicans were not perfect. But not all of them were not as bad as Jakes had portrayed them. Not once have I ever sensed the author's willingness to portray them with any kind of sympathy or understanding. He seemed willing to criticize their behavior and policies, yet he avoids criticizing moderates such as President Lincoln like the plague. In once scene, Brett Hazrard had learned from her brother-in-law Stanley about the Republican Party's plans to exploit the freed slaves' gratitude over being emancipated after the war. I can only wonder if Jakes was accusing all of the Radical Republicans (including men like Thaddeus Stevens) for this willingness to exploit former slaves or fake abolitionists like Stanley and Isabel Hazard. Were all Radical Republicans - save for Virgilia - fake abolitionists? And was he trying to convey to readers that Virgilia was blind to the machinations of the Radical Republicans? Or was Virgilia simply a victim of Jakes' overall negative attitude toward the Radical Republicans? Judging from what I have read, I can only conclude the latter.

In regard to historical accuracy, I can only account for one major example in the novel. It features an assassination plot hatched by Lamar Powell, along with the Huntoons and a few others against Confederacy president Jefferson Davis. Needless to say, this never happened. However, dislike and/or hatred of Davis did exist within the Confederacy. But aside from this story arc, Jakes painted a realistic portrait of the Civil War.

"LOVE AND WAR" is probably one of the finest Civil War novels I have ever read. The novel really gives readers a wide range view of war through the eyes of the Hazard and Main families and those with close connections to them. More importantly, Jakes managed to provide readers with a realistic portrait of the Civil War filled with a good deal of personal drama, humor, brutality, euphoria and tragedy. It is a shame that this novel is so underrated by book readers and critics today, because I thought it was simply superb, despite the few flaws it might possess. Who knows? Perhaps one day it will be universally appreciated again. ...more
5

Dec 25, 2012

From the first Union rout in Virginia to the last tragic moments of surrender, here is a gigantic five-year panorama of the Civil War! Hostilities divide the Hazards and the Mains, testing them with loyalties more powerful than family ties. While soldiers from both families clash on the battlefields of Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Antietam, in intrigue-ridden Washington and Richmond, strong-willed men and beautiful women defend their principles with their lives ... or satisfy illicit cravings From the first Union rout in Virginia to the last tragic moments of surrender, here is a gigantic five-year panorama of the Civil War! Hostilities divide the Hazards and the Mains, testing them with loyalties more powerful than family ties. While soldiers from both families clash on the battlefields of Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Antietam, in intrigue-ridden Washington and Richmond, strong-willed men and beautiful women defend their principles with their lives ... or satisfy illicit cravings with schemes that could destroy friends and enemies alike![return][return]"Massive, lusty, highly readable,.. a graphic, fast-paced amalgam of good, evil, love, lust, war, violence, and Americana." -- The Washington Post Book World[return][return]-From John Jakes' website: http://www.johnjakes.com/northandsout... ...more
4

Oct 31, 2015

Description: The Hazards and the Mains -- the first fatal shot fired at Fort Sumter divided them irrevocably with loyalties more powerful than family ties. The young would clash on the bloody battlefields of Bull Run and Fredericksburg, while in intrigue-ridden Washington and Richmond strong-willed men and beautiful women would defend their principles with their lives...or satisfy illicit cravings with schemes that could destroy friends and enemies alike.

The mini series.

07 - Love and War - Description: The Hazards and the Mains -- the first fatal shot fired at Fort Sumter divided them irrevocably with loyalties more powerful than family ties. The young would clash on the bloody battlefields of Bull Run and Fredericksburg, while in intrigue-ridden Washington and Richmond strong-willed men and beautiful women would defend their principles with their lives...or satisfy illicit cravings with schemes that could destroy friends and enemies alike.

The mini series.

07 - Love and War - (June 1861 - July 21, 1861)
08 - Love and War - (July 1861 - summer 1862)
09 - Love and War - (September 17, 1862 - spring 1864)
10 - Love and War - (May 1864 - late autumn 1864)
11 - Love and War - (December 1864 - February 1865)
12 - Love and War - (March 1865 - April 1865) ...more
3

Feb 21, 2014

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did not enjoy this as much as North & South. Up until the last couple hundred pages, it felt more like a non-fiction novel. I do love the descriptions and the history, but it felt like the point was to get the history out, rather than to tell the story of the characters within that history. Nothing happened to any of the characters for the first 700-800 pages, and I found myself skimming a lot. SKIMMING! I hate skimming. I just didn't care about whole chapters. This novel also switched to I did not enjoy this as much as North & South. Up until the last couple hundred pages, it felt more like a non-fiction novel. I do love the descriptions and the history, but it felt like the point was to get the history out, rather than to tell the story of the characters within that history. Nothing happened to any of the characters for the first 700-800 pages, and I found myself skimming a lot. SKIMMING! I hate skimming. I just didn't care about whole chapters. This novel also switched to points of views of secondary characters that I did not care about. Again, this added to feeling like the author used the characters to tell a history story rather than the other way around. Ok, this is the Civil War, with hundreds of thousands of casualties, and you've got two characters that are in the war from the beginning to the end - no battle wounds, really, no deaths! I know he killed Orry but that was so sudden-and maybe that was the point? Billy and Charles survive four years of the war but Orry joins and dies almost immediately...maybe this is some statement about fate, or luck, or what have you. The only character I really felt invested in was Charles. His transformation through the war broke my heart, much more than Orry's death did. The loss of Sport was written more heartbreakingly than the loss of Orry. The author did an excellent job of describing the losses and changes of those people that survived, Charles being the best example. His point that the war changed everyone, everything, even those who didn't die or weren't directly involved, was very well driven home. Just like in the first novel, I think he did an excellent job portraying different points of views and the political atmosphere surrounding the war. Villains and heroes on both sides of the line. That's really the most heartbreaking fact of the Civil War...brother against brother, friend against friend, American against American. That sadness was prevalent throughout the novel. ...more
4

May 02, 2018

Yet again, another very decent novel in this series by John Jakes. Nothing spectacular or life-changing, but a decent read. I did enjoy Love and War a bit more than North and South.

Love and War starts off in the late spring/early summer of 1861, the romantic period leading up to the terrifying and terrorizing Civil War that gripped the nation for nearly 4 years. The Mains and Hazards are now truly divided among 2 separate nations, the Mains being in the Confederacy and the Hazards in the Union. Yet again, another very decent novel in this series by John Jakes. Nothing spectacular or life-changing, but a decent read. I did enjoy Love and War a bit more than North and South.

Love and War starts off in the late spring/early summer of 1861, the romantic period leading up to the terrifying and terrorizing Civil War that gripped the nation for nearly 4 years. The Mains and Hazards are now truly divided among 2 separate nations, the Mains being in the Confederacy and the Hazards in the Union.

Although I mostly read books like this for the historical events surrounding the characters, I was appreciative to see character formation in this narrative. Not to completely give away spoilers, but seeing Charles Main and Billy Hazard grow into true men as they were shaped by war and romance was one of the greatest things to follow. In addition to that, Orry Main and George Hazard take on new roles as they are just about "over the hill" and therefore coming to grips with the constraints of being middle aged.

Overall, the instances of romance, tragedy, and general change of heart among characters is a significant sight to behold as a reader. For those that have read North and South and are not sure whether to continue, I would recommend that you continue the series by reading Love and War. ...more
4

Jun 22, 2012

Not as much of a bodice ripper as the first one, mainly because the men were out fighting the war while the women dealt with strain back at home. Despite the length -- nearly 1100 pages! -- it moves quickly through the four years of the war. It was strange to reread it after so many years and realize that I remembered nothing from the story. It's probably been close to twenty years since I first flew through this series of books, when, thanks to Ken Burns, I was obsessed with everything related Not as much of a bodice ripper as the first one, mainly because the men were out fighting the war while the women dealt with strain back at home. Despite the length -- nearly 1100 pages! -- it moves quickly through the four years of the war. It was strange to reread it after so many years and realize that I remembered nothing from the story. It's probably been close to twenty years since I first flew through this series of books, when, thanks to Ken Burns, I was obsessed with everything related to the Civil War.

It's an interesting story to read and puts into perspective just how brutal the Civil War, especially from the southern point of view. Through the various characters, you see hope and confidence in 1861; by the end, the men are ground down and scarred by the years of fighting. Virginia is portrayed as a virtual waste land where no food or forage could be found after years of battle and tens of thousands of men camped out, living off the land. ...more
5

Jan 27, 2014

If you only ever read ten books in your life, this should be one of them. I already loved the first one, I was blown away by the second. It explores every single, gritty, horrible war that was one hand a senseless waste of human life (like all wars) yet on the other such an important leap in american history. What sets this masterpiece apart from other literature about this event is that we follow not the generals and presidents but the "common" (albeit quite rich) people which had little to no If you only ever read ten books in your life, this should be one of them. I already loved the first one, I was blown away by the second. It explores every single, gritty, horrible war that was one hand a senseless waste of human life (like all wars) yet on the other such an important leap in american history. What sets this masterpiece apart from other literature about this event is that we follow not the generals and presidents but the "common" (albeit quite rich) people which had little to no say in how the war was done and could only hang on and hope for the best. I find it hard to do this book justice in a review. It will touch you deeply, leave you gutted and wretched yet hopeful. A book that truly makes you feel and think. Highly recommended. ...more
4

Jan 01, 2011

This book spans the American Civil War. It is gruesome, compelling and thought provoking.

The story covers the private lives entwined with the bureaucracy of war and politics. Whilst a long book it will keep you reading to the end.

2 June 2014
I have just re-read this book and I do not know this time around if I loved it as much as the 1st. The war scenes just dragged on forever and certainly 2 thirds of the book covers the war and makes the book longer than it possibly should have been. I am This book spans the American Civil War. It is gruesome, compelling and thought provoking.

The story covers the private lives entwined with the bureaucracy of war and politics. Whilst a long book it will keep you reading to the end.

2 June 2014
I have just re-read this book and I do not know this time around if I loved it as much as the 1st. The war scenes just dragged on forever and certainly 2 thirds of the book covers the war and makes the book longer than it possibly should have been. I am looking forward to the next installment. ...more
5

Aug 08, 2013

I love the North & South trilogy and this book does not disappoint. I absolutely love how Jakes maintains historical accuracy while weaving the stories of his fictional characters into the history. He doesn't just do this with the major historical events, but with smaller details that we don't normally think of when we think of history. Jakes makes the era come alive.

While I also loved the TV miniseries for what it was (Patrick Swayze, after all), the books are better.

It is a very long I love the North & South trilogy and this book does not disappoint. I absolutely love how Jakes maintains historical accuracy while weaving the stories of his fictional characters into the history. He doesn't just do this with the major historical events, but with smaller details that we don't normally think of when we think of history. Jakes makes the era come alive.

While I also loved the TV miniseries for what it was (Patrick Swayze, after all), the books are better.

It is a very long book, but it's worth the time spent reading it. ...more
4

May 06, 2018

Overall, I liked the story and plot line but after awhile it seemed too focused on people being vindictive against others. There are at least 6 people holding grudges so grievous that they want to murder. In one story it just seemed like too much.

There is also the love making scenes which could have been done much more tastefully. Let’s just say there are parts that I was glad that I was alone while listening or glad to be listening with my earbuds. To me, it took away from the book and was Overall, I liked the story and plot line but after awhile it seemed too focused on people being vindictive against others. There are at least 6 people holding grudges so grievous that they want to murder. In one story it just seemed like too much.

There is also the love making scenes which could have been done much more tastefully. Let’s just say there are parts that I was glad that I was alone while listening or glad to be listening with my earbuds. To me, it took away from the book and was unnecessary. ...more
3

Dec 29, 2014

+Anyone who loves to read will be pained by the scenes in N&S in which young blacks were prevented to learn how to read.

+Jakes remains sensitive to both sides of the conflict

+I learned much about what life was like during the war

-not every story arch is equal

-at 1000 pages, it tests one's stamina

-I'm not as excited for book three as I was coming into this one. Jakes lost a little momentum +Anyone who loves to read will be pained by the scenes in N&S in which young blacks were prevented to learn how to read.  

+Jakes remains sensitive to both sides of the conflict

+I learned much about what life was like during the war

-not every story arch is equal

-at 1000 pages, it tests one's stamina

-I'm not as excited for book three as I was coming into this one.  Jakes lost a little momentum ...more
4

Jul 08, 2013

I just keep picturing a young Patrick Swayze as Orry Main. Sigh. 4 stars for nostalgia.
5

Mar 06, 2016

I absolutely adored this trilogy, and this book is my favorite.
3

Dec 11, 2012

My 3 star rating may be unfairly low, but I read this back to back with North and South, and I think I OD'd on it.
5

October 3, 2015

Great sequel to The North and South. It is truly eonderful to read a historical novel that sticks to the facts. Jakes is a grat storyteller eho has done his research.
4

Jun 01, 2018

this was a difficult book for me to get into because it had so many characters and so many different situations. But I persisted and finally got it to make sense.It presented a different perspective on the war than what we learned in school--it was told from a more confederacy view. But , in general I enjoyed it

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