Book Recommendation: Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry

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Book Recommendation: Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry


Faded Coat of Blue (1999) is a historical fiction novel with a murder mystery during the time of the Civil War featuring Union army Captain Abel Jones by Owen Parry, a pin name for American author Ralph Peters. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I will be reading through his other books. I recommend this book for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.


Books by Ralph Peters


Goodreads Review of Faded Coat of Blue

"Veteran of Queen Victoria's wars and recent immigrant to America, Abel Jones believed he had left his days in uniform behind. Now, firmly rooted on the shores of his adopted land-where American has taken up arms against American in this most terrible of conflicts-he has signed on as a confidential agent to General George McClellan, the man touted as the savior of the Union. Within hours Jones finds himself in a dark and unexpected world, where questions lead not to answers, but to other deaths

Set against the backdrop of battles and bordellos, of the intrigues of war-time Washington and the elegant mansions of old Philadelphia, FADED COAT OF BLUE reaches behind the myths and heroics to paint a ravishing, disturbing and deeply moving portrait of the United States in the midst of our harshest trial. A determinedly moral man in a troubled age, Abel Jones triggers a drama involving greedy immigrants and impassioned patriots, vicious politicians and the greatest president the country has ever known. His investigation draws him into a web of sinister relationships that reveals a hidden side to Fowler's life and a shocking secret the youth may have died for. As a nation begins its long march into war-and as President Lincoln agonizes over the coming carnage-Abel Jones discovers that good and evil are easily intertwined, while heroes may be betrayed by those who cherished them the most.

Vividly told, rich in history and compelling authentic detail, Faded Coat of Blue is a riveting tale of crime and punishment set amid the blood and tumult of the American Civil War; a startlingly original work of fiction that introduces Abel Jones, a most unusual crime-solver, a true American hero, and a keen observer of a world on fire."




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Carol Williams
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Good morning Roy. 
It's always good to get your book recommendations.  I will have one soon, written by an AR member.  

Apr 17, 2018 04:03 AM #1
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the book recommendation. I will look for the book at the library

Apr 17, 2018 04:10 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. You are certainly and avid reader. Keep it up. Enjoy your day!

Apr 17, 2018 04:46 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the recommendation, Roy.  I hope to slide this one to the top of my list.

Apr 17, 2018 05:16 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sounds like another great read for those who have time to enjoy a good book, Roy!

Apr 17, 2018 06:05 AM #6
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, another great book recommendation, and sure you enjoyed this book! 

Apr 17, 2018 06:06 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks so much for your comments. Enjoy a good book or two this week.

Apr 17, 2018 06:32 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a very interesting way to learn about the Civil War and all the intrigue around it.  A

Apr 17, 2018 07:22 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I appreciate your diverse reading tastes - this sounds like a good historical read. D 

Apr 17, 2018 08:03 AM #10
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Not only does this sound like a great book to read, I'll bet it would make an outstanding movie too! I will look for it the next time I'm in the book store. It sounds like something I'd enjoy and would have a difficult time putting down the book. 

Apr 17, 2018 01:49 PM #12
Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Thank you Roy Kelley for offering us your book recommendation!

Apr 17, 2018 03:05 PM #13
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

This one I would really like. You pick the best books to share, Roy.

Apr 17, 2018 06:59 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Apr 18, 2018 03:53 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Gorgeous Dahlia, Roy;  so perfect, too.  That is a really good title for a book;.  It almost calls to a person, piques ones interest, invites one to open the covers and read.  

Apr 18, 2018 03:56 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Book Festival Receives Statewide Recognitionaward
The City of Gaithersburg received a 2018 LEAD Achievement Award from the Maryland Municipal League for the Gaithersburg Book Festival. The annual award recognizes initiatives to address community challenges and enhance quality of life. The Book Festival was singled out for giving the City a national stage upon which to celebrate its commitment to diversity, equality, community, and a love for all things literary. Read more here
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