Jeff Shaara - Gods and Generals: A Novel

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Excellent: Like Father, Like Son

Apr 13, 2000 (Updated Apr 13, 2000)
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Pros:Excellent characterizations, accurate and exciting action, Heartfelt history

Cons:None, read it and enjoy!

While "Gods and Generals" isn't quite as good as "The Killer Angels," it is very worthy of one's time. I read "The Killer Angels" years ago and fell in love with historical fiction. It's still one of the best books I've ever read. Jeff Shaara may not have filled his father's footsteps, but he does an excellent job following them.

"Gods and Generals" includes some wonderful characterizations such as are found in "The Killer Angels" while adding some new ones, most notably Stonewall Jackson who was, of course, killed prior to the battle of Gettysburg and is only alluded to in "Angels." (My apologies to those of you who have yet to read this book and were not aware when, or if, General Jackson had died.)

I found the battle descriptions (and the preparations for battle) just as informative and exciting as the elder Shaara provided. The heartbreak of this conflict hits home time and again thanks to the author's efforts.

I highly recommend this book and suggest it be followed with "The Killer Angels." Of course, don't forget to finish the trilogy with Jeff Shaara's "The Last Full Measure," an account of the final 2 years of the war. I believe this Civil War trilogy should be required reading in America's high schools.


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