A Storm Hits Valparaiso

A Storm Hits Valparaiso Catalina Flores de la Pena s tongue got her in trouble than any other part of her body even though there were far likely candidates But when a storm rolls into her sleepy port town she finds herself

  • Title: A Storm Hits Valparaiso
  • Author: David Gaughran
  • ISBN: 1230000000271
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Catalina Flores de la Pena s tongue got her in trouble than any other part of her body, even though there were far likely candidates But when a storm rolls into her sleepy port town, she finds herself embroiled with a gang of adventurers, mercenaries, and prostitutes on a journey to free South America from the Spanish Empire A Storm Hits Valparaiso is an epic,Catalina Flores de la Pena s tongue got her in trouble than any other part of her body, even though there were far likely candidates But when a storm rolls into her sleepy port town, she finds herself embroiled with a gang of adventurers, mercenaries, and prostitutes on a journey to free South America from the Spanish Empire A Storm Hits Valparaiso is an epic, historical adventure starring two brothers torn apart by love a slave running for his life a disgraced British sailor seeking redemption and Jose de San Martin, an Argentine general who deserts the Spanish Army to lead a bloody revolt against his former masters.

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    1. I have a lot of respect for David Gaughran. I read his blog daily and his non fiction work Let’s Get Digital manages to be both inspiring and of practical use so when I saw the chance to get a review copy of his first novel, A Storm Hits Valparaiso I jumped at it, not lease because I saw it as a way of repaying a little bit of what I’ve gotten from David over the past several months.A Storm Hits Valparaiso is an epic story of love, hate, brotherhood, power, revenge, and the thirst for indepe [...]

    2. Once I started this book, I just wanted to be left in peace to finish it, and everything else—including preparing Sunday dinner—became an annoying distraction.We have all heard of Simón Bolívar, a leader in the struggle to free Hispanic-America, but A Storm Hits Valparaiso introduces a host of other characters—some real, some fictional—that contributed to the liberation of South America from the Spanish.There are many unsung heroes and heroines in any war of independence, and Gaughran [...]

    3. I appreciate that this book exists as it gave me a quick summary of the struggle for independence of some South American countries. That was not enough for me to give this book a good review.I think that this story of historical fiction is reminiscent of James Michener's two volume set of the beginnings of South Africa. That tome was enjoyable and dealt with the full history of South Africa.A Storm Hits Valparaiso misses the boat in telling a thoughtful story of the independence of some South Am [...]

    4. While I found the overall arc of the story to be an interesting look at the war in South America, I thought the author would have been better served focus on a smaller set of characters and a smaller portion of the history. The books follows a large number of characters, some more interesting than others, through their individual roles in the liberation of South America from the Spanish. The sense of timing was difficult for me to follow, as some chapters would cover one afternoon in one charact [...]

    5. This is a fine and deftly woven account of the long struggle for South American independence. Through rotating viewpoints, author David Gaughran shows the various groups participating in that struggle: Chilean tavern keepers daughter; runaway black slave with this master's brand burned into his chest; Indian miner from the mountains of Peru; young cousins raised as brothers on a subsistance rancho in Argentina; a brilliant strategist from the British navy; and the visionary leader San Martin.The [...]

    6. This work of historical fiction reads more like a history textbook than a novel. The events are all there, but overall the writing appears to me to be unfocused and, at times, one-dimensional. The few main characters never seemed to come to life for me, and perhaps I was expecting too much of a novel which attempts to cover so much history over many years. Three stars.

    7. This is about the South American countries as they waged revolutionary wars for their freedom from Spain. Historical fiction, and I usually enjoy it, but this one had way too many battle descriptions for my liking.

    8. A well written historical novel about the fight for independence in South America. It was a bloody, savage fight for freedom from the Spanish, and the fictional part of the story keeps you interested while you are actually learning history.

    9. Loved this in the beginning, but the second half read like a history text. I was disappointed that these great characters were left to such flat, static endings. Could have been an amazing historical novelry disappointing.

    10. A Good ReadI enjoyed it very much. The was good interplay between the historical aspect and the story line. A good read.

    11. Overall, this is a very entertaining, smooth flowing, ambitious and eminently readable work of historical fiction. Gaughran takes us inside the lives of some of the lesser known figures of the various South American wars of independence (or one giant one, depending on how you look at it), juxtaposing their very well-researched activities with fictional characters serving to give us a view into the various archetypes and cultural mores of the era. The end result is a sprawling tale of military co [...]

    12. A Storm Hits Valparaiso is quite a sea change considering the previous books by this author. If You Go Into the Woods and Transfection are short stories whereas this a full length historical fiction novel. Having given the former 5 and 4 stars respectively I was looking forward to reading this book.This book is largely set in South America in the early 1800s, detailing the impact of the struggle for freedom from Spain on a number of characters. Catalina has always been able to take care of herse [...]

    13. Wonderfully researched details coupled with inspiration add sparkle and authenticity to this historical novel.The first several chapters introduce characters and take the reader into the days right before the revolution. At first I wondered if I would be able to keep these characters straight, but there was no problem with that, as each character is unique, with his or her own personality and goals. All come from different walks of life: a runaway slave, an English lord and sea captain, a tavern [...]

    14. I liked David Gaughran’s A Storm Hits Valparaiso. Latin America and its drive for independence seems to get scant notice in the North Atlantic region, so its great to see it treated to such epic detail from the Sweden-residing Irishman. The story revolves around a large cast of characters, but mainly San Martin, an Argentine who fought for Spain against Napoleon, but is now fighting against Spain for South American independence; Thomas Cochrane, a wronged Brit fighting the British establishmen [...]

    15. A Storm Hits Valparaiso is a sweeping historical fiction which captivates and entertains in an epic story of love & hate, brotherhood, power and revenge – told from the points of view of a variety of characters. David Gaughran has created fully dimensional and believable characters with distinct personalities and traits one would expect in a story of this scope.The story follows a deserter from the Spanish army who returns to South America to lead the fight for the continent’s independen [...]

    16. Spanish vs. South AmericaWhen this reviewer began reading this book, she had little knowledge of the history of South America and, consequently, she had some difficulty of knowing in which country the action was occurring. It was a well written historical novel based on much truth of both famous men and battles. At the end of the book, the author gave his references for both people and events. Although I couldn’t always be sure of what country the story took place in, it didn’t detract from [...]

    17. This is a stirring and gripping read. David Gaughran has chosen to write about an epic time in history, the long and tragic wars for independence in South America. His book is huge in scope and ambition. It takes place over a number of years and with a vast geographical area. It has a large cast of characters who seem at first to have nothing in common. What they do have in common, however, is that they will become part of General San Martin’s herculean effort to free the continent from the Sp [...]

    18. This is a thoroughly enjoyable historical novel set amid the revolutions that led to Argentine, Chilean and Peruvian independence from three centuries of despotic rule by the Spanish conquistadors. A captivating cast from the lower echelons of life appear side by side with major historical figures like Jose de San Martin, Bernardo O’Higgins and Admiral Lord Thomas Cochrane of the British Royal Navy.I knew nothing about the period before I started reading, so I can’t be sure how much of the h [...]

    19. A historical fiction that brings to light some of the leaders in the independence movements in South America. This is my introduction to men such as San Martin and Cochrane who were commanders in the struggles of Argentina, Chile, and Peru in winning their independence from Spain. From reading this book I learned what drove some of the leaders to give up everything to join the revolutions in South America.The story of A Storm Hits Valparaiso involves not only the leaders and men in the history b [...]

    20. I won this book from LibraryThing Members Give-aways. A wonderfully written adventure set in South America. The countries are at war with Spain, there are false rumours about the death of Napoleon and trouble within the ranks of the British Navy. Initially the book starts with each chapter telling an individual story. After a few of these seemingly separate stories, I thought the book was just that, full of short stories, albeit very good ones. However, a few chapters in, characters reappeared a [...]

    21. This book is about the revolutionary period in South America in the early 1800s, from the points of view of both real historical figures and Mr. Gaughran's fictional characters. I found it interesting because this is a time and place in history that I know very little about. The book could probably stand to be twice as long as it is. (How often do you say that a book would be better if it was longer?) I felt like it skipped around a lot, leaving out major portions of the characters' lives. In so [...]

    22. I won this book from Librarything back in January. Sorry for the delay in reading and reviewing.The story follows the lives of a dozen people, all involved in different ways in the war for South America's freedom from Spanish rule. Some matter greatly; such as Jose de San Martin or Jorge and his brother Diego, who fight for the army. Some not so much; such as Catalina, whose story is sad and intriguing but doesn't mean much for the revolution; or Ze, who I found pointless and totally missed why [...]

    23. Well-researched and well-written fiction often gives us a more genuine and “truer” picture of the past than history books do. This is also the case with this novel about the independence wars of important parts of South America. In A Storm Hits Valparaiso, history is shown through the eyes of individual everyday characters from different countries and all walks of life and society: among others, the rebellious Catalina turned prostitute, the runaway slave Ze, the brothers Diego and Jorge, Pa [...]

    24. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book, all the characters, their story, their travel and I enjoyed learning the geography of South America. I definitely was hoping the author would come out with a new book soon. However, the second half of the book told of war stories, victories and defeats and went on and on about the battles and strategies of the war against the Spanish. If you are into war histories then you might enjoy that half of the book but for me it dragged on way too much and [...]

    25. A good book that is very well written. Gaughran goes into a lot of detail throughout, showing he has definitely done his research on the subject. If you're a fan of historical novels, this one is a good read.There are a lot of characters, and I found myself naturally drawn to some more than others. The only real complaint I'd have against the book is that it's hard to follow all of them well until you get to know them better, and some of them seem to fall by the wayside to follow other, less int [...]

    26. An excellent work of historical fiction. This was worth slowing down and poring over each scene--the portrayal of the events of the time was richly detailed. From the perspective of someone who loves to do research write historical fiction, I thought that there was a great balance of history and story, which can be hard to accomplish with such aplomb. I was immersed in this story and invested in the characters--so much so I missed my subway stop--twice.

    27. This started out as an interesting historical novel, but after the first several chapters it read more like a textbook. Also, there were four separate plots and it was hard for me to keep all the stories straight and remember details about the characters. May have been better if at least one of the plot lines had been put in another book. I wasn't enjoying it, so I didn't finish it. Just not my kind of book.

    28. A Storm Hits Valparaiso chronicles South America's fight for independence from Spain. Gaughran weaves several story lines together to give the reader a comprehensive perspective into the struggle. I connected with Catalina's storyline and the cousins raised as brothers. My favorite character was Father Beltran a very quirky priest who helps save the day with his even quirkier ideas and inventions. It was difficult to rein in all of the storylines and some were too bogged down with facts.

    29. I love the history and the characters. There are many characters though, and although they are very well described and built up, it gets confusing at a point. In the end all comes together, however and the book is worth a read. As with all war stories, sadness prevails. There is a very poignant scene in the book after the battle of Maipu which will stay with me for the rest of my life.

    30. Excellent historical fiction that relatively faithfully follows the events leading to the liberation of Argentina, Chile and Peru from the Spanish. Many if not most of the principle characters are those who actually existed and participated at the time, a few are inventions to make the novel flow. Completely engaging, well worth a read.

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