Captain Rebel (1956) is vintage Frank Yerby; that is, it features a hero who is handsome and of above-average intelligence but is unconventional in his thoughts and conduct. This hero, or protagonist actually, will find himself in one or more hellish situations going on in his time or in his mind. There will be, almost as standard procedure for a Yerby character, a romantic triangle, or, if he's lucky, quadriangle, and he'll of course be tied to one he doesn't love, as in an old C&W song. What makes Yerby so enjoyable is the history surrounding the action in his tales. Captain Rebel follows this pattern. Our Hero in antebellum New Orleans, Tyler Meredith, has no illusions about what is about to happen to the Confederacy and becomes a blockade runner (he's similar to Gone With the Wind's Rhett Butler) solely for the purpose of making a fortune, which he does. In contrast to him is his patriotic brother Joe, an Episcopal minister and chaplain of his regiment. There are scenes with Shiloh, Ben Butler in New Orleans, Grant's Overland Campaign, numerous harrowing adventures at sea, all of which are to have a profound impact upon both Ty and "Father Joe." Speed-read through the silly romantic parts and enjoy the history; I've found that historical novels have value in that, using contemporary language, they help one feel history. It's a quick and somewhat educational read; enjoy.