Continuing on with his Civil War series of Western Theater battles, Jeff Shaara presents the story of the siege of Vicksburg in another well-written novel. Some of the characters are familiar from the first in the series: A Blaze of Glory. Buddies Fritz Bauer and Sammie Willis are back, as are the major players like Generals Grant, Sherman, Pemberton and Johnston.
I really enjoyed Shaara’s engaging his readers by providing the perspectives of a Wisconsin Private, like “Dutchie” Bauer, and the newly introduced young nurse, Lucy Spence. It helps to round out the story and provide an interesting angle that strictly military tactics could not provide.
I did struggle to gain interest in this book initially, however. The back and forth between the major players (the generals), took up the greater part of the first 150 pages of this novel, and I found it a bit dry. Once they neared Vicksburg, however, all that changed. I was fully committed to the book and engaged. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013