In spite of the fact of not being a big fan of Civil War fiction, I am reading this very book right now. The writer is so gifted with his descriptive passages. You can just FEEL what is going on. You can feel the heat, smell the gun powder and sweat, feel the briars tearing your clothes and skin. The tension during battles and even just before battles is so palpable it is almost exhausting.
The writer has such a good grasp of character. He is especially skilled at making you feel as if you personally know the rank-and-file characters. You can almost see them. But he also handles the officers very well too bringing them to life.
For example, he absolutely humanizes Meade. No history book I have read does that very well. I feel close to Meade because he designed the picturesque Jupiter Light House just half an hour's drive from my home. His skill at designing lighthouses is sited several times in the book.
I know we say time and time again here that a certain book or another should be a movie. Also I know Gettysburg is a favorite subject of movies, but this time I am dead serious--this could be such an interesting movie because the characters stand out as much as the battle. Unfortunately, it may never happen because so many Gettysburg movies have already been filmed. The general public would say, "Ah, just another Gettysburg Battle movie."
It is really hard to put this book down and take care of the things that need to be done. This is one of those books I wish I could just stick myself in my Lazy-Boy chair and stay there until the book is finished.
The book could be read quite fast and the action keeps moving fast, but I want to savor every word and visualize every event Peters brings to the pages. I bet Peters could work his magic with the Battle of Franklin.
Last edited on Tue May 8th, 2012 12:54 am by CleburneFan