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About the Author

Phillip M. Bryant attended the University of New Mexico and earned his bachelor's degree in history and with a minor in American studies. He has been active in local New Mexico reenacting and on the national level is a member of the 23rd SNY as part of the Army of the Pacific, 1st Federal Division. He has been researching the American Civil War for over 25 years. His sources have included diary accounts, autobiographies, historical monographs and first-hand reports on the actions taken 150 ago published in the War of the Rebellion battle reports and War Department communications.

Phillip served 15 years in the Army, New Mexico National Guard, with the 44th Army Band in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145385794X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453857946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phillip M. Bryant attended the University of New Mexico and earned his bachelor's degree in history and with a minor in American studies. He has been active in local New Mexico reenacting and on the national level is a member of the 23rd SNY as part of the Army of the Pacific, 1st Federal Division. He has been researching the American Civil War for over 25 years. His sources have included diary accounts, autobiographies, historical monographs and first-hand reports on the actions taken 150 ago published in the War of the Rebellion battle reports and War Department communications.

The Shiloh Series as a concept was to have been a three novel series. With the success of They Met at Shiloh the series now stands at seven eventual volumes, River of Blood being the 4th in the series as the war in the Western Theater of operations carries into a new year in 1863. Other future volumes will carry into the turning points of the Civil War in the West.

The author and his wife are currently working on co-authoring a series of Civil War murder mysteries set in the New Mexico territory in 1863 to be released sometime early 2016.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Peter Leavell on December 29, 2011
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'They Met at Shiloh' follows four men across the battlefield of Shiloh during the American Civil War. Each man must fight not only the battle set before him, but internal wars as well.

To the interested reader, to the person who wants to know more about Shiloh and the cog this battle fit in the larger scheme, this book may be helpful. Even more valuable, if someone asks 'what was it like to be a soldier in the western theatre of the Civil War,' 'They Met at Shiloh' is highly recommended.

To the average reader, this novel may feel somewhat sluggish, especially at the beginning.

Bryant brings to life the soldiers who fought for a variety of reasons, risking their lives for their 'pards' and their country. Well researched, well thought out, and well worth the money.
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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2012
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The story itself is captivating. I enjoyed the experience of Shiloh from the divergent points of view of the different soldiers on both sides, and at times could find myself caught up in the action. However sloppy syntax and gross grammatical errors kicked me out of the Civil War and back to reality way too many times. Seriously, "revile" for "reveille?" And as a good Catholic girl, I can tell you that the dying are given last "rites," not "rights." There were multiple errors of this type that really spoiled the flow of the story. On several occasions, poor syntax and uncertain pronouns left me unsure as to which character was being featured. This story deserves a good editing job to clean it up, and turn it into a 5 star book.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Carol on July 6, 2012
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This is a very good book. It follows different people, on both sides of the conflict, and tells about what led up to them winding up at Shiloh. During the course of the book different people express their opinions about the war and why they're in it. It shows that different people have different reasons for being involved in a fight, so a war isn't about just one thing.

One viewpoint that I found very interesting was the Southerners who felt they were, like their ancestors in the Revolution, righting against a tyrannical government that was trying to deprive them of their rights. Namely the right to tyrannize over slaves. The contradiction didn't seem to register with them.

I found the book confusing at first because Kindle opens to the first page of the story, and I have a habit of skipping preludes anyway, so I didn't think to back page. The prelude explains who the different characters are and what the events leading up to the battle were. If you read that first you understand what's going on much better than if you do like I did, and try to figure out why it's jumping from one group to another in different chapters.

I plan to read it again know that I know who's who.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed Phillip Bryant's book, They Met at Shiloh. The Civil War novels I have read before were primarily from the view of the officers, especially the generals, but this historical fiction was written from the viewpoint of the privates and sergeants, the men on the front lines. The men who were being targeted with the cannons and rifle fire had a different perspective from those who were planning the strategies. They wondered why they were there, why they were fighting their fellow countrymen. Mr. Bryant did an excellent job of expressing their conversations and thoughts. He also gave perspective on their lives in the military...the hours of boredom, moments of fear and terror, and even moments of heroism, which men on the front lines would probably all experience.
Mr. Bryant, who was a soldier himself, also had his characters express the thoughts, doubts, and sometimes arguments with fellow soldiers about God and eternity which is a topic that men would be driven to discuss as they watched men die at their side and contemplated their own mortality
Another thing I appreciated about this book was that both sides, the Union and the Confederacy, were equally represented and neither side condemned.
The book seems to be well researched and contains many details about day to day camp life that were fascinating to me. I look forward to more from Mr. Bryant.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By NDD on March 7, 2012
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I have read many, many Civil War novels over the years and honestly, this is one of the very best. There is a complete and definite sense of authenticity. With each and every chapter, I have felt that I am eavesdropping on the soliders and circumstances. Nothing more need be said...read this book.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Gomez on March 9, 2012
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This tale wanders around the battlefield like a lost Confederate solider looking for a Minie ball. The story and characters lack vision and depth. It comes across as a weak attempt to portray a battle and a place, that, once the book is finished, is soon forgotten. Soldiers argue, fight, trudge on, love campfire coffee, hesitate and endure hardship. One notable theme centers around a preacher's interpretation of God's reckoning in the war on slavery. Other than that it's rote - dull and uninspiring characters kicking the can in the dust. A worthy historical romance should leave you questioning whether things really could have happened in such a way, spurring the imagination. A good war novel, also, has much to live up to; it has to rise way above the volley of ammo and the sharing of canteens. The trick is to make this unknown skirmish in the Civil War gripping and memorable. Instead it reads as a faded placard; no grapeshot here.
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