The Siege of Knoxville Reviews Reviews
I have read all of the Alphonso Clay series. I really enjoy the suspense and the characters. There are some dark moments in this series, especially concerning Clay and Duval. Those two are definitely flawed individuals and some readers may be turned off by some of the violence (it’s not explicit), but, after all, this is war and the preservation of our nation is at stake.
You know your stuff, Jack!
Jack Martin has done it again with the sequel to Treason on the Mississippi, The Siege of Knoxville. He gets you hooked from the first sentence, as usual, and does not let you go till the last word. I just cannot get enough of Alphonso Clay. I could see Jude Law in this role. I am most definitely buying Murder on the March.
- CJ Loiacono
Loved the Book
I was thrilled finding a new author, with an interesting story line which captures the Civil War Era. Writing is crisp, captures your attention and holds it. I have read all Jack Martins books, and look forward to many more from him.
Another masterfully written mystery
By All Mystery e-newsletter
Alphonso Clay may be a bitter and angry man whose mental acuity frequently comes into question, but he’s also General Grant’s personal detective. All of which adds to the tension as Alphonso must uncover a traitor. I loved the author’s ability to bring to the reader fully developed characters from the pages of history and look forward to more of Mr. Martin’s books featuring Alphonso Clay.
By Sevard Jones
How rewarding to find an author who weaves so many historical facts into a fictional mystery.
I find this very refreshing that he keeps the actual facts of that era correct while interjecting the suspense of a great mystery.
Hope to see much more of his work!!!
Even better than the first
This book takes the reader to the South. To the blood, mud, suffering, struggle and death that were the daily reality of both soldiers and civilians caught up in the Civil War. The historical settings and events are vividly real and provide a thoroughly believable background for the people and events of this book.
Most of the main characters are a little crazy, and their individual strangeness plays well off of the others. The main character, Alphonso Clay, applies all his brilliance and skill to solve a murder and catch a spy before that spy’s information can be used to defeat General Grant’s army. Clay is assisted by Ambrose Bierce, a historical person with quirks of his own. A new player in this book is Teresa Duval, a homicidal agent for Jay Gould, whose interests do not lie with either the North or the South. Duval is the most frightening character in this book. She is a very intelligent woman with no conscience but with considerable skill at doing whatever is necessary to advance her interests. The only truly sane character is Clay’s cousin, Sergeant Lot, who helps to ground Clay in some of his wilder moments.
The characters who were real people are developed by the author with an excellent feel for how they would have behaved if confronted with the situations of this story. The concerns and outlooks of highly placed military officers are made clear and given substance in the context of both the war and the story.
Both “Northerners” and “Southerners” will enjoy this book.
Another success from Jack Martin
By T. Graziano
This second book in the Alphonso Clay series is even more mysterious than the first. General Grant learns there is a Confederate spy highly placed in his command structure, but the only man who can identify the spy is murdered.
A new character, Teresa Duval, is the agent of a party who doesn’t care who wins the war as long as his own financial and power goals are furthered. Duval is sent in pursuit of those goals, but her own interests figure prominently in her plans. Duval is a woman who is more ruthless than any character except Clay. She is a monster by choice, where Clay is what he is by breeding and manipulation.
While trying to defeat opposing factions, including his own nature, Clay must solve the murder before the Army of the Ohio is betrayed and destroyed. As in the first book, Clay’s ties to a secret society are both a strength and stumbling blocks for Clay as he pursues his version of redemption.
The historical characters are well-written and consistent with what is known of them. The fictional characters have personalities that add spice to a black time in America’s past. All the characters and scenes come alive brilliantly.