Against a Crimson Sky (2020)

Against a Crimson Sky James Conroyd Martin Against a Crimson Sky Alternate cover edition for A magnificent epic AGAINST A CRIMSON SKY is an unforgettable tale of love valor and the enduring strength of the human spirit set against the backdrop of w
  • Title: Against a Crimson Sky
  • Author: James Conroyd Martin
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  • Page: 203
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Against a Crimson Sky James Conroyd Martin Alternate cover edition for 9781499273601A magnificent epic, AGAINST A CRIMSON SKY is an unforgettable tale of love, valor, and the enduring strength of the human spirit, set against the backdrop of war torn Poland at the cusp of the nineteenth century The year is 1794, and the beautiful and resilient Countess Anna Maria Berezowska has narrowly escaped death amidst the chAlternate cover edition for 9781499273601A magnificent epic, AGAINST A CRIMSON SKY is an unforgettable tale of love, valor, and the enduring strength of the human spirit, set against the backdrop of war torn Poland at the cusp of the nineteenth century The year is 1794, and the beautiful and resilient Countess Anna Maria Berezowska has narrowly escaped death amidst the chaos caused by the violent dissolution of Poland Anna is soon reunited with her longtime love, Lord Jan Stelnicki, and the two lovers marry even as their beloved country is ripped apart As the couple struggles to raise a family in the face of an uncertain future, Anna s capricious cousin Zofia returns with a surprise of her own Although Zofia s past schemes still resonate, Anna s doubts turn to fear as Jan s patriotism draws him to the battlefield Offering new hope for a conquered Poland, Napol on Bonaparte arrives in all of his pomp and glory With the aid of new Polish legions Anna s friends and family among them Napol on battles his way across Europe an effort that culminates in the march into Moscow and the subsequent doomed winter retreat Against this backdrop, Anna and Jan valiantly fight to hold on to a tenuous happiness, their country, and their very lives.
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  1. Rita Shire

    Against a Crimson Sky is James Conroyd Martin s sequel to Push Not the River telling Anna s story of Poland during the Napoleonic Era It is a beautiful story of family, honor, pride,militarism, nationalism, and patriotism It is the story of Poland and it s people being continuously carved, traded, and demised by the Austrian, Prussian, Russian, and now,the French Empires All the time the Polish people s sense of their true identity remaining extremely strong I am so very glad I read Martin s two [...]

  2. Anne

    This is the sequel to Push not the River which I absolutely loved This one is just as good as Anna starts married life with Jan and they have two children He has adopted her son Jan Michel Then Napoleon begins his conquests and many Poles join with him in hopes that Poland may once again be a nation Much heartache for Anna as Jan is gone for many years fighting and she has her own problems with a vicious man in her home town who has been threatening her and once again, cousin Zofia enters along [...]

  3. Chris

    For anyone who enjoys Napoleonic history, this is a look at the events from the Polish perspective This is a very enjoyable trilogy

  4. Cheryl Lachapelle

    Follow up to Push Not The River I am of Polish descent so the story is interesting to me I also love historical novels so I enjoy that part of the novel too.

  5. Dawn Campbell

    Loved it The last of the novel focuses mostly on the day to day struggles of the Stelniki brothers and their guardian Patel and contrasting for us again with the women at home battling worry and fear, caring for wounded while agonizing on the lack of news of their own family And Anna and Zofia once again politicking to try and do what little they can to ease a friend caught in Napoleon s net of a love life and of course failed attempts to get back lost lands and estates We are there for the cata [...]

  6. Danielle Urban

    Against A Crimson Sky by James Conroyd Martin is a stunning historical read I loved it I got to experience the Polish culture and the people of Poland My grandmother is Polish so, reading this was even exciting for me War times are difficult and can bring much sadness Hope, courage, love, and family life are strong themes inside this novel A noble woman loses her son and husband to war Pregnant again, she s hoping for a girl Fate has a funny way of bringing a family together and tearing them ap [...]

  7. April

    Great love and patriotismI love historical novels The history is enthralling all by itself Adding fictional characters who you learn to care about makes the history seem personal and real.Against a Crimson Sky is well written The telling of the Napoleonic Wars is well done The use of Jan, Jan Michael, Pawell and Tadek helps the reader feel the desperate conditions faced by Napoleon s troops as his defeat became inevitable Anna proves herself to be a strong, loving and patriotic woman Zofia beco [...]

  8. Kristin Noreen

    I was predisposed to like the book going in, as I had read the first in the series already I learned so much European history from this book I was googling things as I went along, filling in information to close the gaps left by my suburban education This was a slow read, which is not a bad thing The characters were rich, full, and believable I was struck by the waste of war, the stupid loss of life I understood the fight of the people to preserve their identity, but decimating populations seem [...]

  9. Betty Strohecker

    It is the year 1794 as Anna Maria Bereskowsa a story continues in war torn Poland Anna has faced tragedy, deprivation, and narrowly escaped death, but still she forges on in hopes that her nation will one day find peace She is reunited with her longtime love, Jan Stelnicki, but his patriotism will see them separated again Anna also must face the return of her cousin Zofia who has betrayed her in the past and will do anything to follow her own desires and insure her survival Set amid true events [...]

  10. Patricia

    When I first received AGAINST A CRIMSON SKY, I didn t realized it was second in a trilogy It turned out this book could be read as a stand alone book I was thrilled when a started reading and couldn t put it down The characters were strong, the settings magnificent, and I learned a bit of history along the way This book deals with life in Poland during the Napoleonic Wars This is the best historical fiction I ve read in a while I cannot wait to read the 1st and 3rd I highly recommend this series [...]

  11. Patrice Fischer

    Because I had enjoyed 1 was on a long airplane ride coming back from a week in Eastern Europe with several days in Poland our 2nd visit there , I decided to begin 2 in the series Still a good historical series about Poland in the 1790 s.I plan on reading 3 in 2018.

  12. Stephen

    A little slow in the first two thirds but the last third was quite exciting I found the author identified and highlighted two of the three characteristics ascribed to the Polesmely honor and fortitude The third that he missed entirely was faith.specifically the Catholic faith I could have been reading about Scotland, or England for without the Catholic faith, Poland is just another country Very revisionist novel This is a disappointing sequel to Push Not the River a truly worthy novel.

  13. Jennifer Coe

    I really enjoyed Push Not The River, which was based upon a diary and true events I was hoping the follow up book would be just as good I was sorely disappointed The story isn t based upon any true events, and the author spends too much time in my opinion rehashing the war events I lost interest about half way through and I put it back on my book shelf with out finishing it, this isn t common for me, I usually finish reading a book, even if it isn t my favorite.

  14. Hayley

    This is the sequel to Push Not The River, which was excellent It is not worth reading Pretend it doesn t exist The startling difference may lie in the fact that the first novel was based on historic fact, in the form of the heroine s actual diary, translated by one of her descendants whereas, this was written by the author s own story telling abilities, which are virtually nonexistent.

  15. Ariela

    As a sequel to Push Not the River, this book continues the story of the Polish Countess Anna Maria Berezowska The author began writing about her after discovering her unpublished diary, which recounted her experiences as a 17 year old orphan who falls in love with her handsome neighbor Jan Stelnicki, but is brutally raped and married off before their love can be realized Behind her misfortune is none other than her cousin Zofia, and Push Not the River follows Anna up until the Russian army invad [...]

  16. Merry

    I just liked this book The characters from the beginning, Push Not the River, got my attention and I immediately decided I would read this sequel Though not as engaging as the first book, this one did seem to wrap up the story line which was nice, so as not to leave me wondering what happened next, but it also went into great detail of Napoleon and his war efforts to secure all of Europe as his empire Though small in stature, Napoleon could convince thousands to march to his dreams and eventuall [...]

  17. Barb

    Push Not the River was James Conroyd Martin s first book about Countess Anna Maria Berezowska Which was based on Anna s own personal diary In Against a Crimson Sky Martin creates for the reader a fictional continuation of Anna Maria s story from his own imagination I was not as satisfied with this story, I was disappointed to learn that this book was entirely fictional, which I failed to realize until I had already started reading it I m glad I read it but this was not as moving as Push Not the [...]

  18. Annette

    This is the sequel to Push Not the River Liked this book just as much as the first Both are based upon true events upon which he builds characters as they might have experienced life in those times in Poland I learned a lot about the Napoleonic Era here things I don t think I ever learned in school or maybe I just don t remember when they were presented as dry facts Here people s lives are affected and we see how historical events had such impact on personal lives, not just the warriors but thei [...]

  19. Kimberlee

    This is the sequel to Push Not the River which is a novel based on the diaries of a woman who lived through tumultuous years of civil war and foreign invasion in Poland This sequel, however, is not based on the diaries but is the author s continuation based on his knowledge of the characters and his studies of the era Because of this, the book lacked a lot of the authenticity that the first one has which, for me, definitely dampened its appeal It also lacked a really compelling plot, it seemed a [...]

  20. Katrina Shawver

    This book is a great sequel to Push Not the River, Part 1 of the Trilogy which I could not put down I ordered Against a Crimson Sky within an hour of finishing the first book The story continues, and it truly held my attention for the first two thirds But in the last third, it begins to drown in battle after battle of tragic history I wanted characters, less war and started skimming past all the war details just to get to story It is also confusing to mention so many small towns I lose track o [...]

  21. Shyla

    I was really excited to read this next chapter in Anna s story And it was mostly not a dispipointment I say mostly only becuase of two main reasons The first is that I knew it was not based on her diary or any factual accounts as was the first book And secondly the book was too far sweeping as far as the time line went It covered too much time and I felt the author dragged Anna s story out just so that he could include key points in history Other then that the book was very well written, I love [...]

  22. Sarah Faulkner

    I bought this book after reading the amazing Push Not the River by the same author, but was very disappointed in comparison The previous book was based on the real diaries of one of the characters and this one was a sequel but the author just inserted a rather boring narrative into a dry historical timeline I forced myself to finish it because I actually bought the book based on loving the other one so much but it was not fun its definitely well researched and gives a good overview of historical [...]

  23. Dawn

    I just loved these two books The first book was based one a journal, diary, and the second on the authors imagination So obviously the first is historically accurate about people s lives however, I feel the author did a beautiful job continuing there lives as they would probably have unfolded And he added a lot war sciences most likely to keep in the theme of the original book of a historical novel For those who don t like the war stuff it is easy to skimwonderful book, tastefully doe no swear [...]

  24. Venessa

    I didn t like this as well as Push Not The River in part, I m sure, because this wasn t based on anything, whereas the first was based on two diaries Still, it was enjoyable for the most part and a quick read My mind wandered during all of the battle scenes This book takes place during Napoleon s wars, and traces the lives of the characters over a time span of twenty years I felt that much of the plot was a bit far fetched but entertaining predictable at times, whereas the real stories in the fo [...]

  25. Asl4u

    So I remember feeling like the reader diminutized the characters in this book and I was hesitant even to start it but she did not do the same this time The voices were reasonable easy to follow and stable across the characters It turned out to be a really nice sequel and it had dates and historical specifics than I got in the first book which made it interesting to me I ll have to go back and re read the first book its possible the specifics were there but I was distracted by the voices over a [...]

  26. Toni

    I absolutely loved the first book in the trilogy, Push Not the River, which is a riveting story based on the actual unpublished diaries of a Polish Countess Against a Crimson Sky is a solid sequel very enjoyable, and rife with incredible historical detail As with its predecessor which I gave 5 stars , this book is well written and interesting, with characters that pull you into their tale James Conroyd Martin s writing does justice to the diaries and story of an amazing woman during amazing time [...]

  27. Patti Raney

    I really enjoy reading books from this author I didn t before know that I am so interested in the history of Poland This novel tells about Napoleonic era from a perspective of the Poles, and about the family of Anna Maria Berezowska Steinicki Four stars instead of five because I didn t like it quite as well as Push Not the River Can t wait to read the Warsaw Conspiracyat will finalize their story.

  28. alicia molica

    Great sequel to Push Not the RiverI think this book could not be any better It follows up the stories of the characters perfectly Honestly this is the only book that s ever made me emotional reading it The author did a great job of drawing you in and letting you get attached to the characters I have barely been able to put this book down and can t wait to start the third of the series.

  29. Ginger Weirich

    Oh my My heart was in my throat throughout this entire tale Of course, it is the continuation of Push Not the River , and it captured me every bit as much as the first The heartbreak of the Polish people during this time is undeniable Yet their resilience is likewise undeniable Onward now to the third in this series I have a feeling that I will feel quite bereft once I have finished with them 5 stars.

  30. Tanja

    I liked push not the river better, but it was nice to have Anna s story gain some closure I thought that the path the characters took in this story seemed believable They had to withstand many hardships It was a story of every kind of love True love, lust love, unrequited love, convenient love, love for power, love for friend, and parental love And how this love changes us and makes life worth living for.

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