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4.0 out of 5 stars With God on their sides
I rather hope the author will rework this. It is highly atmospheric and places the reader firmly in the ranks of the Civil War soldiers as they suffer in the field at Shiloh. It reminds me of Keneally's 'Confederates', which is also flawed. But its good bits are very good.
For me this book falls down because its early focus on the various characters is blurred to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like many Americans the writer clearly doesn't agree with slavery ...
Starts in a confusing manner! How-and-ever- if you persist beyond the first pages it becomes fascinating. Like many Americans the writer clearly doesn't agree with slavery and places the initial argument on States Rights, whilst the description of the suffering of the wounded are horrific and should make us all think.
Published 24 days ago by jpetty


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4.0 out of 5 stars With God on their sides, 19 Nov 2012
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This review is from: They Met At Shiloh: a Civil War Novel (The Shiloh Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I rather hope the author will rework this. It is highly atmospheric and places the reader firmly in the ranks of the Civil War soldiers as they suffer in the field at Shiloh. It reminds me of Keneally's 'Confederates', which is also flawed. But its good bits are very good.
For me this book falls down because its early focus on the various characters is blurred to non-existent. I found it extremely difficult in the first chapters to clearly distinguish one group from another. The transitions are too abrupt and the characters not well enough delineated. I feel it would have worked better if we had merely followed Pearson and his 'pards' though the hellish scenes. (Incidentally as someone pointed out pards was a word hammered to death.)
The philosophical differences between Michael and Mahoney and Robert's musings could be transferred to a single cohesive group. After all, this could be considered the tale of Pearson's redemption which would have given the novel a focus albeit a slightly different one and with the well-set scenes as a backdrop this could make a fine novel. The final para could as well apply to him as to Robert. I give this four stars for its potential and for 'feel' of the fighting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like many Americans the writer clearly doesn't agree with slavery ..., 1 July 2014
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Starts in a confusing manner! How-and-ever- if you persist beyond the first pages it becomes fascinating. Like many Americans the writer clearly doesn't agree with slavery and places the initial argument on States Rights, whilst the description of the suffering of the wounded are horrific and should make us all think.
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