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Peters is a well-known expert in foreign and military affairs but here he writes a novel on a critical phase ending the American Civil War. The work is engagingly written and moves at a brisk pace to chronicle in a creative way the historically based events in the novel. The maps are very helpful since in even historical accounts they tend not to be as worthwhile in demonstrating the movements of the combatants. This is a thoroughly educational look at the conflict.

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  gmicksmith | Jun 23, 2017 |
This excellent historical novel about the Civil War focuses on the period between May 5th and June 3rd, 1864, which encompasses the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, and Cold Harbor. The reader becomes acquainted with the generals involved on both sides, including Grant, Meade, Hancock, Barlow (the Union) & Lee, Longstreet, Gordon, and A. P. Hill (the Confederacy). The rebel colonel William C. Oates also figures prominently in the story (he was Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's opposite number in the crucial struggle for Little Round Top during the battle of Gettysburg the previous July). In addition, we see what goes on in the minds of the front line soldiers and how they experience the horror of battle, which is depicted quite graphically at times. I highly recommend this book to all Civil War buffs as well as anyone interested in a true slice of history that's brought to vivid life by the wonderful writing of Ralph Peters. ( )
1 vote Jamie638 | May 29, 2014 |
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Between May 5 and June 3, 1864, the Union and Confederate armies suffered 88,000 casualties.  Twenty-nine thousand were killed, wounded or captured in the first two days of combat. The savagery shocked a young, divided nation. 

Against this backdrop of the birth of modern warfare and the painful rebirth of the United States, New York Times bestselling novelist Ralph Peters has created a breathtaking narrative that surpasses the drama and intensity of his recent critically acclaimed novel, Cain at Gettysburg.

In Hell or Richmond, thirty days of ceaseless carnage are seen through the eyes of a compelling cast, from the Union’s Harvard-valedictorian “boy general,” Francis Channing Barlow, to the brawling “dirty boots” Rebel colonel, William C. Oates.  From Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee to a simple laborer destined to win the Medal of Honor, Peters brings to life an enthralling array of leaders and simple soldiers from both North and South, fleshing out history with stunning, knowledgeable realism.

From the horrific collision of armies in the Wilderness, where neither side wanted to fight, to the shocking slaughter of the grand charge at Cold Harbor, this epic novel delivers a compelling, authentic, and suspenseful portrait of Civil War combat.

Commemorating the approaching 150th anniversary of this grim encounter between valiant Americans, Ralph Peters brings to bear the lessons of his own military career, his lifelong study of this war and the men who fought it, and his skills as a bestselling, prize-winning novelist to portray horrific battles and sublime heroism as no other author has done.

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"Against the backdrop of the birth of modern warfare and the painful rebirth of the United States, New York Times bestselling novelist Ralph Peters has created a breathtaking narrative that surpasses the drama and intensity of his recent critically acclaimed novel, Cain at Gettysburg. In Hell or Richmond, thirty days of ceaseless carnage are seen through the eyes of a compelling cast, from the Union's Harvard-valedictorian "boy general," Francis Channing Barlow, to the brawling "dirty boots" Rebel colonel, William C. Oates. From Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee to a simple laborer destined to win the Medal of Honor, Peters brings to life an enthralling array of leaders and simple soldiers from both North and South, fleshing out history with stunning, knowledgeable realism. Ralph Peters brings to bear the lessons of his own military career, his lifelong study of this war and the men who fought it, and his skills as a bestselling, prizewinning novelist to portray horrific battles and sublime heroism as no other author has done. "--… (more)

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