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Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families As the Mains South smolders in the ruins of defeat the Hazards North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress B

  • Title: Heaven and Hell
  • Author: John Jakes
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families As the Mains South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress Both the nation and the families long standing bond hover on the brink of destruction In the series epic conclusion, Jakes expertly blends personal conflict with historiThe last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families As the Mains South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress Both the nation and the families long standing bond hover on the brink of destruction In the series epic conclusion, Jakes expertly blends personal conflict with historical events, crafting a haunting page turner about America s constant change and unyielding hope.

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    1. In the final installment of the North and South series, Jakes examines life in the United States after the Civil War. Using his strong collection of characters and their various situations, Jakes shows that the end of the War was not the end to all issues. In some cases, it only served to fan the flames and make things worse. Charles Main becomes the new main character from the South, who grapples with life as a Confederate soldier who wishes nothing more than to assimilate back into society and [...]

    2. Wanted to like this book, but I hate when characters I've grown attached to become The Woobie, endlessly beaten down for dramatic effect. Charles is not allowed to be happy or content, EVER. And really, resurrecting a Big Bad from the dead just to drive the story forward strains the limits of my credulity. And I absolutely hate what he did to Cooper, one of my favorite characters from the first two books. I suppose a thwarted idealist could possibly become that twisted, but it doesn't make for f [...]

    3. This final book in the North and South trilogy was hard for me to finish. It started off well enough, but then became the story of Charles and the Indian Wars, with the remaining characters only occasionally making appearances or being heard from. There are some Mains and Hazards that seem to have been forgotten for many chapters at a time while we are introduced to countless new characters; then we get a journal entry from Madeline or a short chapter with George or Virgilia or Ashton. Billy and [...]

    4. It's taken me a long time to read this mammoth trilogy, but I have to say that this last volume was my absolute favourite. It was a lot more action based and, although the political stuff was still evident, our characters were less involved and so there wasn't reams of chapters focused on that.This book centred more on Charles and his fight not only to recover from his version of the war, but also face new challenges in the West. With the resurgence of a character thought dead, both the Main's a [...]

    5. This trilogy is a large pill to swallow--usually when you make such commitment to characters, you feel quite involved when it's all over, but i have to admit I felt relieved. I had to stay emotionally disconnected because Jakes was dispassionate about killing off characters--no one was exempt, and so on one level you had to just say, "Really? Really???" and keep reading. I skimmed several tragic pages in this one, but a couple of times things just come out of nowhere in one or two sentences. Bam [...]

    6. The mini series.Description: The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families. As the Mains’ South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards’ North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress. Both the nation and the families’ long-standing bond hover on the brink of destruction. 13 - Heaven and Hell - (summer 1865 - autumn 1865)14 - Heaven and Hell - (autumn 1865 - spring 1866)15 - Heaven and Hell - (spring 1866 - summer 1866)

    7. For me this final installment of the North and South trilogy was more deserving of 3.5 stars but I could t being myself to rate it only 3 stars. Some portions were extremely drawn out while others weren't given enough page time. I hate the fact that Brett and her husband were not given any time in the meat of the book, only at the beginning and the end.

    8. I enjoyed reading Jakes' works at the time I originally read them, but I would not re-read them at this point.

    9. I missed the multidimensionality that the first two books offered (following multiple storylines of characters about which I became invested). This last book in the trilogy seemed to focus largely on Charles and on Madeline. I would have loved more attention to Billy's story, perhaps, or adding more to the character lines of Andy and Jane (from their perspectives). I do appreciate Jakes' attention to the Native American wars that had lasted for hundreds of years and into the Reconstruction era. [...]

    10. Pros: Onto the last installment! The excitement, action, drama and romance continue. While cheesy at first, it starts to pick up speed with the deaths of several key characters and the return of some villians we assumed dead. The end of the war sparks an interesting phenomenon: the birth of the Ku Klux Klan and the rise of segregated public systems. The confusion of people who realize they are biracial is a serious issue in this book.Cons: I really don't like the cop-out of killing off a main ch [...]

    11. The is the last book in the lives of the Hazard and Main families.At the end of Love and War, Orry lost his life but not before getting rid of his and Geroge's enemy, Elkanah Bent (or did he?).The war is over, Lincoln has been assassinated and Johnson is in the White House. Reconstruction has begun and it is still a bad time for the south and the Negroes. People have found out what Madelaine, Orry's widow really is, and there is trouble at Mont Royal. Both families have had their hardships and p [...]

    12. 4.5 stars I loved the novel and it was a very satisfying conclusion to a fabulous trilogy. I do wish there would have been more of billy and Brett. I loved the character growth of Virgilia and the introduction of Marie-Louise’s point of view. Charles plays a major role in this book, but his storyline is amazing.

    13. This novel was the last of the North South Trilogy. It covers the period from the end of the Civil War through the end of reconstruction. The stories of the two families is brought to a close and the personal issues resolved. One facinating story within the novel was the formation of the 10th Calvary. The three novels taken as a whole are a masterpiece. Well worth reading.

    14. This series has long been on my reading bucket list and I have enjoyed it. Current politics have made this more than an interesting read and have left me much to consider. I liked this third book the least in the series but perhaps that is more because it has brought the books to a close.

    15. Not quite as good as the first two. It seems like plot didn't start moving forward until nearly halfway through. Too much time spent on reviewing what had happened in the first two books. But I did really enjoy this trilogy. Read all three in hardback and they were big heavy books to lug around!

    16. Incredible detail. Well written if somewhat dated style. Charles is by far the best character. The book is so much better than the mini series.

    17. just finished listening to this. Its a well narrated historical fiction about the years after the Civil War. Its really thought provoking to recognize how different this country was only 150 or so years ago. We need a historical perspective. On the negative, this was a long book, sometimes a slow listen and some of the action did not seem all that credible.

    18. So while this did have a rating I don't think I finished this book in 2014. I know that I started various attempts that year but I don't think I quite made it through.While I do appreciate the other two books in the series, (North & South, Love & War) this one not so much.Don't get me wrong, the research and historic accuracy seems convincing to me, I like the fact that John Jakes goes beyond the 'actual' Native American clichés and did yet find another way to surprise us with how the s [...]

    19. As of November 2, 2014, this is the second time that I've read this book, and I have to say that my feelings on it have changed. The first time I read it, I found it quite lacking in comparison to its two predecessors, but after reading it again, I found much, much more to like about it.(view spoiler)[Heaven and Hell continues the story of the Hazards and the Mains in the wake of the Civil War and through the era known as Reconstruction. With the death of Orry Main in Love and War, his widow, Ma [...]

    20. Good conclusionIt stayed in line with the first two books. One thing I didn't like is the comments about Charles being a fine soldier by everyone, yet he constantly got his ass kicked and someone else had to step in and save him! It exasperated me to no end!! In all I loved the book and the trilogy for honest depictions of the times and the feelings of both sides in the debate over succession, freedom, and equality. Mr. Jake's research provided insight on the TRUE attitudes of people of the nort [...]

    21. No spoilers for Heaven and Hell, but proceed with caution if you have not read Love and War or North and South.Rain fell on Washington through the night.The American Civil War is over and it has left the Hazards and Mains picking up the pieces. Madeline Main is in South Carolina determined to build Mont Royal up to its original glory in honor of her husband's memory, despite the odds stacked against her. Charles Main does not know what to do with himself now that the fighting is over so he heads [...]

    22. Abraham Lincoln ist tot, der Bürgerkrieg ist zu Ende. Viel verbrannte Erde hat er hinterlassen, verstümmelte Soldaten, verwitwete Frauen, verwaiste Kinder. Die Freundschaft zwischen Orry Main und George Hazard ist ebenfalls durch den Krieg brutal beendet worden, den nur George überlebt hat.Während Orrys Witwe Madeline mit Hilfe einiger Ex-Sklaven, die freiwillig bei ihr geblieben sind, versucht, die zerstörte Plantage der Mains wieder aufzubauen, sieht sie sich immer wieder mit dem untötba [...]

    23. "The pain comes from more than the facts of circumstance, or the deeds of others. It comes from within. From understanding what we've lost. It comes from knowing how foolish we were-vain, arrogant children-when we thought ourselves happy. It comes from knowing how fragile and doomed the old ways were just when we thought them, and ourselves, secure. The pain comes from knowing we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be so ignorant again [...]

    24. These three books were very enjoyable to me because the fiction story was so intertwined with historical facts that it made it both entertaining and interesting. The first book, NORTH AND SOUTH introduces the many, many characters and their involvement with the events and politics that led to the beginning of the Civil War. The second and longest (1087 pages) LOVE AND WAR depicts the four year period of the war itself. The north, having fought for the restoration of the Union and for the freedom [...]

    25. John Jakes is a fine historian who is also a good storyteller. He's not a great writer imho or a particularly literary one. I understand that the North and South Trilogy covers a massive amount of ground. There are many events and themes that weave through the books, and it's to Jake's credit that he gives us such a broad sweep of the Civil War and makes it so rich with detail. However he tends to succumb to purple prose (when he's not describing actual history). Also, some of the characters are [...]

    26. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous two books in the series. North and South was the best, with Love and War slightly behind that. For this one, I felt like it should not have been part of the trilogy. While it did follow the same character families, I felt that the focus would be more on the post-war North/South/Reconstruction era. The majority of the book focused on the Indian wars. While this was also well written and actually the most fascinating part of the book, I just felt th [...]

    27. North and South, Love and War, and finally, Heaven and Hell is an American Civil War trilogy. This final edition is intended to be the reconstruction period, so I thought the rebuilding of the southern states following the war. Although a terrific series, this novel is much more focused on the development of the west, the American Indian wars. The history is interesting, but frankly, it would have been a better story if the author had focused on reconstruction and stayed with the American Civil [...]

    28. Overall, this was a great trilogy; however, I did have a couple of issues with "Heaven and Hell". I would recommend this trilogy to anyone interested about the American Civil War. Jakes puts a large amount of work into this trilogy to make sure everything is historically accurate and on point. First, it focuses on Charles in the Plains throughout the entire book. Unlike the previous two novels, Jakes mixed in all of the characters throughout the previous two books. As much as I enjoyed Charles, [...]

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