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The Shadow Warriors [Paperback]

Cameron Judd
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Feb. 3 1997 Mountain War, No 1
The Shadow Warriors, the first in the Mountain War Trilogy, paints a bold picture of the turbulent first years of the Civil War in the mountainous regions of Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. Against a backdrop of terror and destruction Amy Deacon, Ben Scarlett, Sam Colter and Greeley Brown must choose sides in the conflict. And as the war tears the region apart they must all turn their beliefs into actions. Filled with fascinating human details gleaned from exhaustive research this is more than a novel of Civil War battles- it is the enthralling story of men and women whose live will be ripped asunder.

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Judd has expanded a little-known footnote to Civil War history into a gripping saga of valor, betrayal, and brutality. Before the eruption of formal hostilities between the North and the South, there were pockets of staunch Union loyalists in the hills and mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. After their states seceded, many of those steadfast and determined mountaineers continued to operate as covert supporters of the Union cause. Estranged from her rabidly secessionist father, Amy Deacon risks her life to help runaway slaves escape by the Underground Railroad. Later, she serves as a spy and accepts a dangerous mission to smuggle counterfeit Confederate currency into Knoxville. Despite the forlorn odds, Amy and her allies continue to wage a clandestine war of sabotage and resistance, culminating in the savage massacre of Unionists in Shelton Laurel, North Carolina, in 1862. This stirring tribute to the unsung heroes of a fierce mountain campaign will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next two installments in Judd's Mountain War trilogy. Margaret Flanagan

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4.0 out of 5 stars the ending got away from you Cameron March 9 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"The Shadow Warriors" takes place during the events leading up to the Civil War and events during the Civil War itself. The location of the story is mainly in the eastern part of Tennessee, in both the cities and mountains. All the characters in the book meet up with one another at least one time if not more. At each encounter the reader learns a little more about the characters involved. Which tends to help the reader understand each individual character, and what they're like. Unfortunately because "The Shadow Warriors" has several main characters, it makes the book hard to follow. If followed by the reader, it is a great book. This book follows many types of people and how the Civil War affects them. For starters, Ben Scarlet is a bum and a drunk who lives in the streets of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is one of the characters whose life is shown in the Civil War. Ben's allegiance (Secessionist or Unionist) to the war depends on who is holding the bottle from which he is drinking. Amy Deacon's life as an avid Unionist and participator in the underground railroad is also followed. Sam Colter's life as Amy's associate in the underground railroad is likewise portrayed. Hanibal Deacon is Amy Deacon's uncle who is eventually killed for the Union cause. All these people were considered main characters. The author of the book had a interesting writing technique, he never flat out described a character. By having the characters explained through constant run ins among each other, he managed to keep the reader from acquiring a full profile on any one person till the end of the book. Personally as a reader of the book I was not fond of this style. One reason I have for this is that the reader never knows what a person was really like till the book was over. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain War Trilogy Sept. 14 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book. It is well written and researched like all of Judd's books. There is a problem, however. Only the first and the third books in the trilogy are available. This has been a great disappointment to me. This is the first book. The second book "The Phantom Legion" is out of print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Warriors Dec 15 2000
Format:Paperback
Excellent Read...couldn't put it down. I've read all 3 and all 3 were excellent. Cameron Judd has a fan for life. He is an amazing story teller and I love the way he ties in factual events and people with the fictional charecters of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the ending got away from you Cameron March 9 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Shadow Warriors" takes place during the events leading up to the Civil War and events during the Civil War itself. The location of the story is mainly in the eastern part of Tennessee, in both the cities and mountains. All the characters in the book meet up with one another at least one time if not more. At each encounter the reader learns a little more about the characters involved. Which tends to help the reader understand each individual character, and what they're like. Unfortunately because "The Shadow Warriors" has several main characters, it makes the book hard to follow. If followed by the reader, it is a great book. This book follows many types of people and how the Civil War affects them. For starters, Ben Scarlet is a bum and a drunk who lives in the streets of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is one of the characters whose life is shown in the Civil War. Ben's allegiance (Secessionist or Unionist) to the war depends on who is holding the bottle from which he is drinking. Amy Deacon's life as an avid Unionist and participator in the underground railroad is also followed. Sam Colter's life as Amy's associate in the underground railroad is likewise portrayed. Hanibal Deacon is Amy Deacon's uncle who is eventually killed for the Union cause. All these people were considered main characters. The author of the book had a interesting writing technique, he never flat out described a character. By having the characters explained through constant run ins among each other, he managed to keep the reader from acquiring a full profile on any one person till the end of the book. Personally as a reader of the book I was not fond of this style. One reason I have for this is that the reader never knows what a person was really like till the book was over. As the book develops, because there are so many people, understanding the book a difficult task. If you manage to follow the book, it can really shed some light on how life was during the Civil War. Another setback in Cameron Judd's book, is the fact that his ending lacked something to be desired. The results of two of the characters actions went unanswered. Amy was arrested, but whether she was punished or not was never revealed. Sam was also arrested but what eventually happened to him was also not revealed. This left the book unfinished; not knowing the outcome of two main characters' lives. It is a good book to show the effects of war on different people. I really liked the book even though it was hard to follow. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone interested in trying to understand the Civil War. It would also be a good book to use as a teaching tool for U.S. history teachers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Sept. 5 2009
By G. Koskenmaki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read several of Cameron Judd's books, and all of them have been very good. This one is no exception, but it's accuracy in relating real events made it even better. That historical accuracy, combined with my love of American history, made this, for me, a most fascinating read.

If you like authentic American history, and especially Civil War history, you will love this book as Cameron Judd is an excellent story teller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Warriors Dec 15 2000
By "hecker7" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Excellent Read...couldn't put it down. I've read all 3 and all 3 were excellent. Cameron Judd has a fan for life. He is an amazing story teller and I love the way he ties in factual events and people with the fictional charecters of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good seller, nice book in good condition. Oct. 2 2013
By Cheryl Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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I am interested in civil war stories which take place in the North Carolina mountains. This is an interesting book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Cameron Judd Jan. 22 2013
By TNLemons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mr Judd's depth of historical knowledge of Tennessee history is vast, yet he is able to weave it seamlessly into his stories while creating great fictional characters. I really enjoyed this book, while at the same time learned so much about Eastern Tennessee's role in the civil war. It put into perspective and gave me understanding why my ancestors from McMinn and Polk Counties who fought on the Union side did so in the Kentucky and Ohio Militia's. This series gave me a greater appreciation for my ancestors and the hardships they endured by being pro-Union in Confederate controlled East Tennessee.

Thanks again Cameron Judd for helping me understand the life and times of my Tennessee ancestors.
Kari Lemons
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