• Title: Call Each River Jordan
  • Author: Owen Parry
  • ISBN: 9780060009229
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Call Each River Jordan Union Major Abel Jones Welsh immigrant and veteran of Britain s distant wars survives the battle s slaughter only to face the riddle of a different kind of massacre Far from the cries and smoke of c
    Union Major Abel Jones, Welsh immigrant and veteran of Britain s distant wars, survives the battle s slaughter only to face the riddle of a different kind of massacre Far from the cries and smoke of combat, forty murdered slaves hang at a crossroads Their blood may be on Northern as well as Southern hands, with devastating political repercussions Though few are concerneUnion Major Abel Jones, Welsh immigrant and veteran of Britain s distant wars, survives the battle s slaughter only to face the riddle of a different kind of massacre Far from the cries and smoke of combat, forty murdered slaves hang at a crossroads Their blood may be on Northern as well as Southern hands, with devastating political repercussions Though few are concerned over the lost lives, one man insists on justice a plain speaking officer with a Welsh lilt, a limp, and his own troubled conscience But the chain of death soon proves as brutal and consuming as the war itself, dragging Major Jones into a dark world of midnight savagery, ritual murder, and sudden combat, as desperate men and women struggle to survive the fury of a divided nation.

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    1. I only occasionally read mysteries (and only certain writers, at that), but I do buy my wife many different mystery series, especially historical mysteries. This is one of them, and I've enjoyed the first 3 in the 6-book collection, reading them sporadically over several years. I'd say this is the best of the first 3 books. Very enjoyable story which seems to adeptly capture the Civil War era and some of the major figures of that time. This one was a bit more intense than the earlier ones - more [...]

    2. Through the first quarter to third of this book I wondered if I was going to be able to finish it. The language is that curious formal pattern often used in books taking place I the 19th century that seems much like pontificating. But I began to see the curious development of the characters and of the horrible deeds described and hung on. I can't say I ever really liked Major Able Jones, but the story moved quickly and was compelling enough to make it a good read. It was long on gory reality as [...]

    3. Not having read #1 or #2, one is immediately plunged into battle and surrounded by the cacophony of sounds, the pungent orders, the horrific sights of mangled bodies--some still alive. Major Abel Jones is on a mission from Washington and sent to find General Grant, but has to fight his way to the General. The plot is intricate and populated with wonderful drawn characters. I'm ready for #4!

    4. I really enjoyed this book for various reasons. Giving it 4 stars.One reason was the fact it was written in an unfamiliar dialect. The story was told in first person by a Welshman. The author used distinct cliques that I perceive to be specific to a particular area of the world or time frame. I've grown extremely fond of the phrase "let that bide" which to me was another way of saying "let that go."Another favorite for me is, "Whenever things go awry, see. In plague or war or what have you. Inst [...]

    5. I loved this book. Union Major Abel Jones is sent to investigate the murder of 40 runaway slaves during The Battle of Shiloh in the Civil war. I must confess that at the beginning of the book I found the writing so helter-shelter and confusing that I nearly put the book down permanently. But as I read I realized that the writing in the beginning was to draw you into the confusion and panic of the battle he inadvertently found himself in on his way to report for his assignment.The investigation m [...]

    6. A very well written book - Ralph Peters (writing as Owen Parry) certainly captured how it felt to be in America in the spring of 1862. I thought his description of the battle of Shiloh was especially realistic. Abel Jones, our affable Welshman, is sent by Union General Grant himself behind Confederate lines to solve a mystery: who murdered 40 slaves? I enjoyed Peters take on Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, as well as US Grant and William Sherman.There are several passages [...]

    7. I ran across this at the library and picked it up because it looked like historical fiction set during the Civil War. The book opened with a very graphic description of the Battle of Shiloh; in fact I found this so interesting that I have checked out a book about that battle to read later this month. There were also some scenes that tried to capture the essence of Grant, Sherman, and Beauregard, but I do not know whether these were accurate; something else to learn more about. The protagonist, A [...]

    8. At first I commended the author on how well he mimicked the prejudices and small mindedness of the average 19th Century person. Then I found out who he is in real life and realized that those are his actual opinions today and it's no great stretch. Books are still entertaining, though. He's a talented writer.But don't BUY them if you're a liberal. Get them from the library. You don't want your money going to this Fox News contributor who has vilified captured servicemen in uniform, called for th [...]

    9. This was the first book by Owen Parry I had ever read! I've read other Civil War mysteries, but they don't hold a candle to the Abel Jones mysteries that Parry has written. I not only couldn't put the book down, but I was transported into the Civil War like never before. In the story, Abel Jones heads south to solve a gruesome crime involving Confederates and 40 murdered slaves. I highly recommend this series to any Civil War buff who loves mystery and suspense! This first person account of a We [...]

    10. In book three of the Abel Jones series by this author, forty slaves are found after they have been butchered and/or hung in the area which now lies directly between the two armies. Jones is sent as an emissary of the US Government with papers for safe passage into enemy territory to work with the Confederates to solve this mystery. He encounters more horrors of war, rampant prejudice and danger lurking at every turn, but he is intuitive and together with a couple of Confederates is able to uncov [...]

    11. I like historical mysteries and I am interested in the Civil WAr, so this book was right up my alley. Love the character of Abel Jones, and the way he is written. As the book is first person narrative, very clever handling of his character so that you realise that not all of his observations are quite true. Mr Parry has the Welsh lilt down and the mystery in this one was really secondary to the portrayal of the South during the War. But a satisfying conclusion in which Abel accounts for himself [...]

    12. Another Civil novel with the same main character, Abel Jones, now a Captain. This one is set in the South just after the battle of Shiloh and Captain Abel is sent to solve the mystery of the brutal deaths of 40 slaves who have attempted to run away to the North. This one has much more battle detail and some interesting Confederate characters. Again, I enjoyed the historical information. Captain Abel is a very likable character. Owen Parry has a great gift of detail as he unravels the story.

    13. I don't know what happened but I lost interest over the course of a month as I plugged away. I enjoyed the first book in the series several yrs ago, didn't care for the second nearly as much, and now--after getting into the Civil War/Lincoln the past several years--thought I was primed to return. Parry is a superb writer, too. Lackluster rating is likely more me than Parry because I haven't been able to finish 3 of the last 4 I've read. I need a good book that I can enjoy and finish

    14. Book Three in Owen parry's Abel Jones Civil War mystery series. This was another really good one. This time, Maj. Jones is sent by General Grant across Confederate lines to investigate a massacre of 40 runaway slaves. Lots of action as a result of this.d again, Parry's style of storytelling rises above the typical to become very well-written literature. He has really captured the style of speaking and thinking of the time. I'd highly recommend this book.

    15. Parry creates likable, complex characters who are open enough to learn from people they have been acculturated to dismiss as inferior. There are some interesting observations about religion, too, as when a young runaway slave explains to the main character, a pious (though not extreme) Methodist, "how com Jesus was a Negro" (236-39).

    16. If you like anything to do with the civil war and you like a good mystery, you'll like this book about a yankee soldier who joins a rebel officer who tries to find the murderers of a group of free slaves. Very good read.

    17. As enjoyable as the Abel Jones series can be, this book seemed a little light on plot to me. It simply didn't seem to flow as easily as the first two novels.

    18. I know it's book 3, but I read it first. The first person narrative has a distinctive voice that sticks with you. Now I want to read more in this series. (L)

    19. I'm hooked! Historical fiction, memorable character in Able Jones, wonderful writing/descriptions. I got this book as a free download and have bought #1 in the series. .

    20. Imaginative and haunting. A good mystery set very much in the midst of the American Civil War. Surprisingly I had no difficulties with the grammar.

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