Against a Crimson Sky: A Novel

Against a Crimson Sky: A NovelThe 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 AGAINST A CRIMSON SKY Tells The Interrelated Stories Of Four Characters In The Aftermath Of The Violent Dissolution Of Poland In And Culminates In The Doomed Winter March Into Russia Countess Anna Maria Berezowska Has Finally Married Her True Love, Jan Stelnicki, But Life Is Anything But Ideal Not Long Into Their Union, Jan Takes To The Battlefield In The Hopes Of Ensuring A Sovereign Poland For His Children Meanwhile, His Best Friend On The Front Lines Continues To Pine For Anna S Cousin, Zofia, But She Has Her Sights Set A Little Higher On The Emperor Napoleon AGAINST A CRIMSON SKY Interweaves These Tales Of Intrigue, Love And Betrayal As One Proud Nation And One Strong Family Struggle For Unity

James Conroyd Martin is the author of Push Not the River, a novel based on the diary of Anna Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the Third of May Constitution After working on the project for some years without raising interest within the publishing community, Martin self published in 2001 Just one year later, St Martin s Press purchased the book and released a

✺ [BOOKS] ✮ Against a Crimson Sky: A Novel By James Conroyd Martin ❄ –
  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Against a Crimson Sky: A Novel
  • James Conroyd Martin
  • English
  • 10 August 2017
  • 9780312326821

10 thoughts on “Against a Crimson Sky: A Novel

  1. says:

    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 books in sequence with no other books in between It kept the events organized in my mind I can t wait to read the third of the Poland trilogy, The Warsaw Conspiracy This is the first trilogy I have read in sequence and back to back It s that good Kudos to James Conroyd Martin and his terrific story of Poland in this particular time period of it s magnificent history

  2. says:

    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 with her problems Anna s bravery as she deals with her husband being away for so long, and the trials of the people who have divided Poland and the hopes that she can somehow help regain Poland s boundaries, she works with local patriots Another wonderful read by James Martin, highly recommended There is a 3rd novel in the series.

  3. says:

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

  4. says:

    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. says:

    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 catastrophic Napoleon blunder invading Russia so close to winter and with so little preparation War and Peace gave us a Russian viewpoint and here we get the French side but through Polish eyes In all its grit and suffering of war, especially it s aftermath of a retreating army freezing and starving to death Yet strangely sparing us the fever and gore of pitched battle and instead the struggles of the 650,000 soldiers that mostly perished thanks to Napoleon s hubris and false promises which lead many a devoted Polish Patriot to bleed out his life on a frozen battlefield far from home for no cause at all except empty implied promises from a little arrogant Corsican with a gift for leadership and tactics but absolutely no head for long term strategy.Lovers of liberty and individual rights should weep at what was done to Poland And at the way their courage and hope to see that liberty reborn they allowed that tyrant to use them and never see any true gain Instead even the reluctant Duchy of Warsaw is destroyed and they find themselves deserted by the Gran Arm e and Napoleon himself and instead the boots on their necks again as they are occupied all over again To read it in a history book or watch a documentary doesn t bring it into your heart like a well written story The author works magic here and the story must be told and understood lest we be doomed to repeat it but it doesn t make this a fun or happy tale.I am looking forward to the final book of the Trilogy and hoping for a happy ever after for Anna and Zofia, Jan, Pamela and the children and looking forward to Waterloo though it means Poland will continue in it s trodden state for almost a century Persevere though and you will be rewarded Spoilers..Anna braves it all again this time pregnant and beside her daughter Bearing tragedy in losing her son with Jan and nearly losing her brave and beautiful son Jan Michal who did everything he could to save little brother and later does save his stepfather And Zofia is finally growing up but I fear it s too little too late for her and Pawel We must wait and see in the last book.

  6. says:

    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 apart Intense, well told, and engaging I felt like I was inside the protagonist s shoes Her life became my own the instant I opened the book Adventure of a lifetime was waiting for me on the pages Pages that moved me quickly through the conflict, emotions, and actions from the scenes James Conroyd Martin brilliantly captured a people and their lives in his writing Words that became three dimensional once they were read Uncertainty, lies ahead but the ending was beautiful I was happy it ended the way it did Felt right Overall, I highly recommend Against A Crimson Sky to readers worldwide.

  7. says:

    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 becomes than a selfish, money seeking, manipulative woman The reader cries for the family and for the loss of Poland to the whim of powerful governments surrounding her The reader at least hopes Anna doesn t have to lose her husband and her brave sons.

  8. says:

    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 seems a strange way to go about that I loved Martin s afterword it tied everything together and answered the questions I had about his process.

  9. says:

    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 of the time, Napoleon enters the playing field Detailed descriptions of his miltary strategy and personal ambition is included.Another superb novel

  10. says:

    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

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