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The Last Full Measure

Written by: Jack Campbell
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins

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Publisher's Summary

As the author of the best-selling Lost Fleet series, Jack Campbell's name is well-known to fans of interstellar heroics. Now Campbell brings his keen eye for military adventure and political intrigue to a tale that is earthbound, but no less wondrous....

In a transformed mid-19th-century America dominated by plantation owners and kept in line by Southern military forces, a mild-mannered academic from Maine, Professor Joshua Chamberlain, stands accused of crimes against the nation. In court alongside him is Abraham Lincoln, whose fiery rhetoric brands him a "threat to the security of the United States of America". 

Convicted, Chamberlain is sentenced to 40 years hard labor, while Lincoln's fate is indefinite detention at Fortress Monroe. But Professor Chamberlain then encounters military minds who understand the true ideals upon which the country was founded and who want to foment revolution. To succeed, they need a leader, someone to inspire the people to take up the cause of liberty: Lincoln. All they have to do is flawlessly execute a daring plan to rescue him from the darkest federal prison.

In The Last Full Measure, Campbell delivers a riveting look at an America where war is imminent and nothing is as it should be.

©2018 Jack Campbell (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Pine wind
  • 2019-04-24

A very well told story<br />

A great alternative history from an author more known for his science fiction. Unexpected, but it just proves his expertise at weaving an engaging story. I really hope he writes more stories like this!

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  • Aaron
  • 2019-02-11

A new approach for Campbell/Hemry

if you have read others of my reviews, you will see an avid John Hemry fan. Though I would call this one of his weaker efforts, by Hemry standards it is still among the top novels I have listened to (and I go through about 100 a year.)

This is the relatively simple story of a union prisoner broken out of a Confederate fort. It has some legal intrigue at the beginning with a fair bit of Campbell battle logistics through the second half. But this one is on earth set during the Civil War.

Campbell's use of historical fact is excellent. He seamlessly merges it into a military story that plays with the same quality of imagery as his other material. And as always, it is well written with careful word choice. But it suffers from the lack if flexibility provided by Campbell's science fiction and fantasy settings.

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  • PRomy
  • 2018-12-04

Really left me wanting more!

Really good book but just stopped. That was kind of disappointing. Timeless subject and great points made that are relevant today. Just wish there could have been more. Glad I listened. Performers good too.

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  • velb
  • 2018-12-30

Masterful What-if

Campbell's imaginative what-if works as well in alternate history as in future space. Loved it. Great hero, great setting, great situation. A large cast, though. Without a more detailed knowledge of Civil War history than average, it's very difficult to keep track of everybody, but still kept me fascinated.

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  • Terry Langley
  • 2018-12-12

An interesting twist in history

Very interesting twist in revolution to civil war history with present day echoes. worth some thought.

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  • Eugene R. White
  • 2018-12-04

Bad news/good news

So the bad news is that Jack Campbell has taken time away from writing more Lost Fleet/Lost Stars/Pillars of Reality/JAG in Space/etc. stories. Its been 6 months and counting!

[Update -- just realized this was written in 2013 -- now released as an audiobook. Still good reading]

But, the good news is that this alternate history short novel is really good. I'm not done yet, so am not sure if it's standalone or not. It's obviously a Jack Campbell plot (which is good). Whether by design or not, this also hits home to issues with our current directions in democracy.

The narrator is good...maybe reads a little fast at times.

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