Book Review: Galveston by P. G. Nagle

November 19, 2010


Galveston  (Civil War in the Far West)” by P. G. Nagle is a historical fiction account of events in Texas and New Mexico during the American Civil War.  The story culminates in the battle for Galveston, a Texan barrier island.

  • 384 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : Forge Books
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0812565738


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Let me preface by saying that Galveston is part three or a series and I have not read parts one or two.

Galveston” by P. G. Nagle was an easy read and a fascinating one as well.  The outdoor descriptions of New Mexico and Texas are very good and help transport you to the 1860s.  I was mesmerized by the descriptions of the battle (there is only one) and the tactics used at the time.  Ms. Nagle also took the time to put us into the minds of civilians being caught in the midst of the war – an aspect which should not be overlooked.

The book flows smoothly, is entertaining and well written.  However, the characters aren’t complex, but that could be due to the fact that I have not read the previous two books. I did like the story and learning about little known part of the Civil War (or any war) is always captivating.

Ms. Nagle’s writing, as well as constantly changing from the narration of one character to another, keeps the story moving along at a reasonable pace.


Confederate Solider James Russell returns home from the rough battle at Valverde.  He finds himself accompanying his sister, Emma, to their aunt’s home in Galveston, Texas.  Emma is bitter and in low spirits because she lost her fiancé in the war, her family thinks that leaving the farm will do her some good.

Far from being safe, the island of Galveston is being attacked by the Union Army.  While Jamie takes part in the battle, Emma takes care of their aunt and does her part as a volunteer nurse

Union naval officer Quincy supplies the contrasting view from the Union side.

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  • Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Mom) November 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Galveston sounds great BUT — I was curious…on my RSS feed I saw that your reviewed Shawdow of the Wind, but I get an error message when I try to access the link. We are reading that in March for book club…some of our members are “sensitive” to certain subject matters (they don’t like graphic violence, sex, language) — can you comment on whether this book would be appropriate for a “sensitive” reader — or are there any red flags I should be concerned about?? I for one read EVERYTHING…but as the official book group police, I’m trying to think ahead. Thanks!

    • zohar November 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Melissa,

      I accidentally published the entry for “The Shadow of the Wind”, it should /would be up on Monday morning.

      There are no gratuitous “graphic violence, sex, language” in the book as far as I can recall. There some references and a profane character (which had me roaring in laughter).

      The books is eerie and goth, but it is wonderful.

  • Melissa Mc November 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Great — thanks for responding! I’ve had this book for FIVE years, and for some reason, never read it. Can’t wait!

    • zohar November 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Melissa, I believe this book just came out.

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