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From the Ranks   By: (1844-1933)

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From the Ranks by Charles King is a captivating story that delves into the world of the military with remarkable vividness. The book follows the journey of the protagonist, a young soldier named Terry Webster, as he navigates through the challenges and triumphs of life in the army.

One of the most impressive aspects of this novel is the way it brilliantly portrays the camaraderie and loyalty that develops among soldiers. King's ability to capture the essence of military life is truly commendable; every sentence drips with authenticity and an understanding of the soldier's mindset. From the strict discipline to the grueling training exercises, readers are given a front-row seat to the rigors of army life.

Furthermore, the character development in From the Ranks is exceptional. Terry Webster is a relatable and sympathetic protagonist, making it easy for readers to become emotionally invested in his journey. As we witness his growth from a raw recruit to a seasoned soldier, we are able to witness the transformation that takes place within him, both mentally and physically.

The plot of the book is well-paced and engaging, filled with unexpected turns and heart-pounding moments. King's writing style is fluid and descriptive, allowing readers to visualize each scene with remarkable clarity. Whether it's the tension of battle or the quiet moments of reflection, the author's ability to evoke emotions is commendable.

While the story primarily revolves around Terry Webster, King also explores the relationships he forms with his fellow soldiers and superior officers. These interactions add depth to the story, highlighting the importance of trust and teamwork in the military. The supporting characters are well-crafted and add an extra layer of richness to the narrative.

The only slight drawback to From the Ranks is that at times, the pacing feels slightly rushed. Certain moments that could have been explored in greater detail are glossed over, leaving the reader wanting more. However, this does not significantly detract from the overall reading experience, and the story remains captivating throughout.

In conclusion, From the Ranks is a riveting military novel that offers an immersive portrayal of army life. With its memorable characters, intense plot, and authentic representation of the military experience, Charles King has crafted a truly compelling read. Whether you have an interest in military fiction or simply enjoy gripping storytelling, this book is definitely worth picking up.

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Copyright, 1887, by J.B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.



A strange thing had happened at the old fort during the still watches of the night. Even now, at nine in the morning, no one seemed to be in possession of the exact circumstances. The officer of the day was engaged in an investigation, and all that appeared to be generally known was the bald statement that the sentry on "Number Five" had fired at somebody or other about half after three; that he had fired by order of the officer of the day, who was on his post at the time; and that now he flatly refused to talk about the matter.

Garrison curiosity, it is perhaps needless to say, was rather stimulated than lulled by this announcement. An unusual number of officers were chatting about head quarters when Colonel Maynard came over to his office. Several ladies, too, who had hitherto shown but languid interest in the morning music of the band, had taken the trouble to stroll down to the old quadrangle, ostensibly to see guard mounting. Mrs. Maynard was almost always on her piazza at this time, and her lovely daughter was almost sure to be at the gate with two or three young fellows lounging about her... Continue reading book >>

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