The US Civil War…Now Featuring Spies and Intrigue

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The Crescent Spy
by Michael Wallace

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?


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The US Civil War…Now Featuring Spies and Intrigue

The Crescent Spy

Author: Michael Wallace
Published on: November 10, 2015
Pages: 325
Genres: historical fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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