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by James Conroyd Martin

The continuation of the sweeping story of young Countess Anna Maria, introduced in the epic PUSH NOT THE RIVER, as Poland picks up the pieces and joins forces with Napoleon in an attempt to bring down Russia.
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ISBN: 0312326823
ISBN13: 978-0312326821
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: James Conroyd Martin
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (August 8, 2006)
Pages: 384 pages
ePUB size: 1904 kb
FB2 size: 1617 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 466
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If you are interested in the history of Poland, do read all three books in the series. The success of the American revolution against England's George III inspired the French to try the same. The nobility lost their heads, literally. The peasant class was in chaos. Poland's peasant class put together a constitution, decreeing that peasants could own land. Their weak king died. Prussia (Germany), Austria, and Russia rushed in to divide Poland up between them. Napoleon wanted his share including half of Russia. The history is fascinating. The personal relationships through two or three generations create page turners. The historical facts are accurate, as they are gathered from the diary of a countess of the time.
The entire Trilogy is an amazing read. Well researched tumultuous political and historical events spanning from late1790’s to 1830’s in Polish fight for independence and resurgence as a nation experienced through a powerful family saga. Great emphasis on national Polish character of fierce pride, passion and bravery as well as culture. Strongly recommend starting with Book1 (Push not the River) followed by Book2 (Against a Crimson Sky) and finally completing the trilogy with Book3 (The Warsaw Conspiracy)
This book is a great sequel to Push Not the River, Part 1 of the Trilogy. I ordered Against a Crimson Sky within an hour of finishing the first book. The story continues, and it truly held my attention. But in the last third, it begins to drown in battle after battle of tragic history. I wanted more characters, less war and started skimming past all the war details just to get to more story. It is also confusing to mention so many small towns - I lose track of geography and distance. I still give it four stars because it held my interest and I wanted to finish it. It's definitely a sequel book I would not read if you haven't read Part 1. There are a couple more comments I could say, but they would be spoiler alerts. Still, I wish I could write this well.
As with the fist book in the trilogy, Against a Crimson Sky does not disappoint. The fates of the characters March for a Rd as does that of Napoleon; some for the better, some for the worse. Matin does an excellent job of keping both the tale and the reader off balance yet on track. The history of the war is of much interest as is the accompanying description of the horrors. A worthy read.
Martin comes into his own in this second book of the Poland Trilogy. While the first book was a translation of a diary, this book is not hampered by such restrictions.

Anna Maria and her family, like all Poles, desires a free Poland and throw their lot in with Napoleon. We grow disillusioned along with her husband, Jan who, alongside tens of thousands of other Polish men, fight and are prepared to die in foreign lands to earn Napoleon's debt of gratitude. We march with her sons, Tadeusz and Jan Michal, starving and wounded trying to survive the frigid Russian cold, living on horsemeat and blood soup, trying to stay alive and make it home.

Not only has Martin executed a compelling story, he has brought history to life with superb attention to detail. We experience Napoleon's defeat not through the grand scale as the Little Emperor saw it, but through the eyes of the trusting Poles who ungrudgingly gave their lives in the hope their homeland would be freed.

A splendid read with memorable characters.
Still In Mind
I love this book series about the portioning of Poland in the late 1700's. The hopes and disallusions of the characters with Napoleons promises bring the historic time period to life. Beautiful story.
I'm reviewing the trilogy all 3 books. I literally could not put any of the books down. I read them over the weekend. I am not a fast reader. They were interesting and pleasurable. The stories followed a consistent path and we're easy to follow. The facts through fiction were brilliant I am Polish. I checked the encyclopedia to verify the facts. I learned a lot while having fun. I highly recommend all 3 books.
Even though the book is based off a diary, I found the main character, Anna, not to be believable. One minute she is strong minded and always saves the day, and the next minute she is soft, the damsel in distress that can't handle much more. A disconnect for me. Her cousin Zofia was true to her core. So many men so little time as love continued to elude her.

As my title indicates - a good beach read.