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22 February 2012


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Maureen Lang

The cover turned out beautifully, Pat. Congratulations on DPH's publication.

To all here- I had the privilege of reading this novel in the final proofing stages. It's a gripping read & a real page turner.

William P. Fitzgerald III

Pat Lang.

I shall order it, forthwith. "The Butcher's Cleaver", which I read about a month ago is marvelous. The discriptions of wartime Richmond and Wahington and, in particular, the narrative of the advance on Cemetary Ridge were superb. I wonder how long it took you you write the book.

I recommended, on The Athenaeum, a memoir by John S. Wise entitled, "The End of an Era". My comment hasn't appeared, so it must have been lost in the mail, so I'll recommend it again. The book was published in 1899 and is long out of print.


William P. Fitzgerald III

Correction. I wonder how long it took you to write the book?


Patrick Lang


I have been working on this long story for so long that I can no longer remember "how long." This particular (second) volume required about two years to finish.

God willing, there will be one more to finish the novel. pl

Charles I

Perfect. First book for the cottage.

Mark Logan

Been looking forward to it,
quite well hooked.

David Habakkuk

It is indeed gripping, as Maureen Lang says. It is also a fascinating portrait of how the extraordinary pressures of his life as a Confederate spy activate latent weaknesses in the commanding personality of the novel's protagonist, Claude Devereux, pushing it towards disintegration.

William P. Fitzgerald III

Pat Lang,

I hope I'm not being obsessive about "The End of an Era". I'm sending this information for those interested in The War Between the States. Wise was the son of a former governor of Virginia and came from a family long established on the Eastern Shore and prominent in the Whig Party. He attended The V.M.I., was in the charge at New Market, and served as a lieutenant during the last 8 months. The memoir contains wonderful observations of Richmond in the last winter of the war. Uniquely, he was at Appomattox and, just before the surrender, was sent to J.E. Johnston with dispatches, thus witnessing the end of both main Confederate armies.

The Book is, "The End of an Era"; John S. Wise; Houghton, Mifflin & Co.; Boston and New York, 1899. I had supposed it to be long out of print, however, I just checked the Alibris.com website and found the book had been re-printed in 1965 and 2005. There are lots of copies available.

Yr. obed. svt.,


James P Peak

I'm glad I happened onto this, I seem to recall Claude Devereaux from long, long ago. I will soon catch up.
Best regards,

Roger Higgins

Pat, I suspect that this brouhaha over Jane Harman will not go away. It sounds like the Justice Dept. is going to have to take a hard look at this telephone conversation. And the Rod Blagojevich comparison could prove very interesting. Remember, it took five months after his arrest for the indictment to be handed down.



I got a copy of Death Piled Hard from your wonderful sister yesterday, and read it on the plane back from LA. It's a magnificent read! Once I started, I simply could not put it down. Great work!

runescape gold

Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago and have been reading it over the past few days.


All - "The End of an Era" is available off books.google.com as free pdf download.

William P. Fitzgerald III

Pat Lang,

"Death Piled Hard" is good. I'll make the observation that what I'm reading, "The Butcher's Cleaver" and "Death Piled Hard, is one coherent tale being published in installments rather than separate stories with the same characters, as with Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey series.

Claude Devereux is a remarkable character. The flawed hero, his personality beginning to disintegrate as a result of the life of deceit he's undertaken out of his sense of duty. I'm much taken with the character of Jean-Marie Balthazar d'Orgueil, not least because my mother's family hails from that very part of France.

Thanks for the review of "In Bruges". Was it by Alan Farrell? At any rate, I've now seen it three times, the first a year ago at the State Theatre in Traverse City, which is the best place to watch a movie I've ever entered, and twice on DVD in the last month. Briefly, my take on it is guilt, repentance, loyalty, sacrifice and redemption. Those juxtaposed with ethics and duty and remorseless fate.


William R. Cumming

My copy just arrived and will report back after reading which I hope is starting tonight!

Thanks for keeping more than a good yarn going!

William R. Cumming

Pat! Finished your second book. Again you have accomplished wonders. Over my lifetime despite not a civil war "buff" have read perhaps 100+ histories of that period. Your two books have done something for me that I am somewhat surprised at because of past reading. Not just your willingness to look directly at the bloodshed and gore suffered by and mindset of your protagonists but something deeper and more troubling to me. One from hindsight can always glamorize or make colorful such a massive engagement of men and resources. As John Keegan concluded in his book "WWII" he said that it was and is the largest event in human history and probably will be if humanity survives for the next 10,000 years or some variation thereof. Having lived most of my 67 years in Virginia and growing up in a multi-racial but not equal society and recognizing the importantance of slavery to the overall purposes and goals of the Civil War-War Between the States, I have always been troubled by several things. Why and how did the slave and free blacks get utilized by both sides? James McPherson's book "Battle Cry of Freedom" was one of the first to address this issue as facts. You have addressed it in a stunningly interesting way through your character portrayals.
The second is besides the enormous effort of the societies on both sides, the bloodshed and carnage and heroism on both sides is that what made this such as what I will now start referring to as "the largest event in US history" ala James McPherson. Exactly why?
I think this book explains that something about that enormous war and sacrifice buried itself deep in the psychology and political system of the American people. From Cotton Mather"s "City on a Hill" to Ronald Reagans version of that same vision, the American people would like to see that their effort and sacrifices enobled them but also made for a better world. I can only hope so also. But like the Crusaders and Holy Warriors of Islam two of the three great desert religions we have at our core the need to work for a better world and a better life for all. Imagine if Islam and Christendom had united and not fought in the last 1400 years that would have been a force to be recond with.

Thank you very your very great insights about US as a people and nation and thanks for all your effort and sacrifice in creating this great journal of the Devereaux clan. I both enjoyed it and am learning a great deal. I think you know that you have influence beyond what you might imagine but here is one more person that you have been a great influence and teacher for, although not always in agreement with every thought or position of yours. But more than I would ever have guessed before reading your blog and your wonderful books.

Mark Eichenlaub

Looks like another good one Mr. Lang.

Charles I

Yeah what William R. said. Every last word.

Gripping yarn, 1 day+ flat at the cottage.

During which I was reminded of your families' northern connection, drove past St Marie among the Hurons going up.

The Devereaux are a wonderfully rich creation from such a curmudgeon, the prose of carnage, honour, human conceit riveting.

How lucky we are your education, experience, expertise, your character(s) little pun. I don't always agree with you. Learned more about war in these books than years ranting here bout them. I wish I could know what you know, yeah, the secrets, but what you so obviously Know.

Tremendous take on your remarkably young country. Certainly worth fighting for.

Notwithstanding how sprightly you look above, I hope the conclusion is well in hand. Mom finally died Thursday, and I can't stand a cliff-hanger!

Subkommander Dred

I just found this article via Juan Cole's 'Informed Comment:"


It would appear Mr. Ahmadinejad has congrulated Mr Karzai on his re-election as President of Afghanistan. Mr. Kazai, in turn, specifically mentioned the close and freindly ties and mutual respect that exists between their two peoples.
I think they are playing us for fools. To use an idiomatic expression of my youth:
"We've been chumped!"

Pete Deer


Col Lang, Mr Stress of Cleveland asked me to convey the following: "Col. When I was a child (age 10 and reading about American military heros I wanted to go to West Point.
At age 13 I got a good look at myself and opted out.
I still respect the men who put on the uniform and most importantley served the Constitution.
You are that kind of soldier.
I am thinking of my favorites
George Thomas
Smedly Butler
and Matt Ridgeway
and a soft spot for two men who were put in tough situations J.M. Wainwright and Walton Walker" Mr Stress

cartouche d encre

I love to read novel. I haven’t read this book so for me it is a brand new experience but for my fellow friends they got it very interesting. Cover page is also looking impressive. I think i should read "Death Piled Hard". Thanks for posting the blog!


Over my lifetime despite not a civil war "buff" have read perhaps 100+ histories of that period.

I've hesitated so far, since I haven't read even one, but I trust our host that he has. Since first things first and since people write thy couldn't put it down, I now ordered both. Reading the responses here, it feels they mirror Patrick Lang views on basic matters of war and prejudice. So it may well be essential for Sic Semper Tyrannis readers.

I'll read it with the idea in mind, could this be interesting for German readers and what publisher might be interested in it.


noticed too late:

they could

Patrick Lang's views

if there are other blunders, I appeal to the kind eyes and minds out there to simply correct while reading.

Patrick Lang


Not sure what you mean.
Do you mean that you think there might be a German publisher who would be interested? pl


Yes, I am actually thinking about that. But I first have to read it. First steps first and than I need help in figuring out what publisher might be interested. One editor is on my mind already, an interesting old publisher. But it will take time, since I won't have too much time till mid January.

Of course I won't cry if someone comes across these lines and is faster than me. Who holds the rights for translations you or your publisher?

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