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Hell or Richmond

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Peters follows his best-selling 2012 Civil War historical novel,

Peters follows his best-selling 2012 Civil War historical novel, Cain at Gettysburg, with another triumph of meticulous scholarship, compelling characterization and exciting, page-turning combat action. Hell or Richmond is not only story-telling at its best, it is an as...
Peters follows his best-selling 2012 Civil War historical novel, Cain at Gettysburg, with another triumph of meticulous scholarship, compelling characterization and exciting, page-turning combat action. Hell or Richmond is not only story-telling at its best, it is an astonishingly accurate account of the May-June 1864 clash of the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia from the nightmarish Battle of the Wilderness through the bloody carnage at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Peters has exhaustively mined hundreds of reference works, from the War of the Rebellion Official Records to soldiers’ letters and diaries, in order to accurately -- and magnificently -- recreate what Civil War combat actually felt like to the battles’ participants. Just one telling testament to Peters’ historical rigor is that his narrative even includes the correct weather for a given time of day, as soldiers in blue and gray marched and fought, alternately enduring blazing heat and drenching downpours. 
As in Cain at Gettysburg, Peters presents the commanders and common soldiers on both sides of the battle lines. Yet, in this superbly crafted novel, all of the characters are actual historical personages, resurrected and brought to vivid life by a writer at the top of his form. In his Author’s Note, Peters explains: “If historical fiction is properly done, it can bring history to life. History provides the identities. Historical fiction investigates the souls.” Hell or Richmond is, indeed, “historical fiction properly done,” revealing the very soul of deadly Civil War combat.

posted by Editor-ArmchairGeneral on May 8, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommend.

We have a trip planned for Virginia. Most of this trip will involve Colonial as well as Civil War era history. The author did a very good job at painting a vivid picture and putting the reader in the story line.

We also purchased "Gettysburg" on the Barnes & Noble ...
We have a trip planned for Virginia. Most of this trip will involve Colonial as well as Civil War era history. The author did a very good job at painting a vivid picture and putting the reader in the story line.

We also purchased "Gettysburg" on the Barnes & Noble $1.99 offer. Same with this book and we are really looking forward to our journey.

SAR-VA

Murrieta, CA

posted by SAR-VA on September 20, 2013

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