Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War

Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War by Gene Hackman and Daniel LenihanAn explosive novel of the Civil War about one man’s escape from a notorious Confederate prison camp—and his dramatic return to save his men.

July 1864. Union officer Nathan Parker has been imprisoned at nightmarish Andersonville prison camp in Georgia along with his soldiers. As others die around them, Nathan and his men hatch a daring plan to allow him to escape through a tunnel and make his way to Vicksburg, where he intends to alert his superiors to the imprisonment and push for military action. His efforts are blocked by higher-ups in the military, so Parker takes matters into his own hands. Together with a shady, dangerous ex-soldier and smuggler named Marcel Lafarge and a fascinating collection of cutthroats, soldiers, and castoffs, a desperate Parker organizes a private rescue mission to free his men before it’s too late.

Exciting, thoroughly researched, and dramatic, Escape from Andersonville is a Civil War novel filled with action, memorable characters, and vividly realized descriptions of the war’s final year.

Amazon Reviews:

Love it – I think the characters were colorful and the historic contribution strong and accurate. Very happy to know Gene Hackman is writing and offering us continued great works of his art. – Laura Hudgins

Gene Hackman and Daniel Lenihan have written another great book, probably their best to date. A dedicated officer after escaping from Andersonville tries to come back and rescue his men. Set in the turbulent last year of the Civil War, the authors have successfully mixed a not too glamorous part of our history with a “Dirty Dozen” type adventure. They have captured the flavor of the confusing times and highlighted the honor of two different types of men. Definitely a good read and the authors have gotten better with each book. I am looking forward to their next. – W. Wirtanen

I’ve read factual and fiction accounts of Andersonville/Camp Sumter, and this ranks alongside the best. Being a novel, it allows more freedom to help the reader understand the horrors of the war, especially in the politics developing during the final year, but there are a few episodes where belief is suspended for the ‘hero’ to succeed as well as he appears to do. I’d recommend it as a good escape (pun intended) read for any time, beach week or any of the other 51 weeks of the year, and as a way to help adolescents understand a bit more what made people behave as they did during that time, in seeing how the characters reacted and performed to their own value standards of the era and their part of the country’s heritage. – Kindle Customer

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