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They Met at Shiloh Paperback – May 8, 2012
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About the Author
Phillip served 15 years in the Army, New Mexico National Guard, with the 44th Army Band in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If was interesting to follow the battle through the eyes of the combatants.Published 1 day ago by William Barnes
Mr Bryant's style of writing is so descriptive I could almost feel the heat and smell the aftermath of battle. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Carlton O Phelps
This is a wonderful book showing both sides of the conflict during the battle at Shiloh. I could not put the book down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marsena Smith
A very graphic portrayal of a Civil War battle from the viewpoint of the participants.Published 2 months ago by tim higgins