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Grant Comes East: A Novel of the Civil War Paperback – April 21, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The alternate history concept is just plain fun. The many "what if" questions that have been raised and the ensuing debates about Lee's choices at Gettysburg are explored here in great depth. Dr. Forstchen's Ph.D. in civil war history is evident as well as the copius research done to prepare for these books.
As far as "Grant Comes East," is concerned, I was amazed that it was actually better than book one. To me, the sequence of events in book one were pretty predictable having hypothesized similar scenarios myself. But I never took them past the "Lee gets around Mead and heads for Washington," stage. I love being taken beyond the first day in such riveting detail.
I can't wait for book three!
I liked this one better than "Gettysburg-A Novel of the Civil War." I felt that the writing was better and the novel was actually more plausible. In "Gettysburg" Lee does everything right, and Meade does about everything wrong. This offended my sense of fairness, since I happen to believe that Meade thoroughly out-generalled Lee at Gettysburg, and would not have done the stupid things that "Gettysburg" has him doing. In "Grant Comes East" most of the characters act more plausibly, with foibles on both sides. The authors do paint a pretty negative picture of General Sickles. I don't know enough about him to really have an opinion as to whether this is fair or not.
The prose in the novel is good, and the authors did a good job of keeping me turning the pages--I truly wanted to know what was going to happen next, and the novel kept me guessing. The storyline moves at a very brisk pace with no draggy interludes. This one is less predictable than was "Gettysburg." Nothing offended my sense of credulity, as "Gettysburg" did at times. By the way, the authors' treatment of Lincoln is very compelling and seemed to me to be true to life.Read more ›
Well, I'm happy to say they not only matched Gettysburg, but perhaps even outdid it a bit. The characterizations are again superb all around. I don't think I've read any other book which captures the essence of these people as well as this one does. The battle scenes were unmatched - vivid, gritty, utterly realistic, and able to convey not only the feel of the battle, but the confusion and loss which comes from it.
Because the book covers a longer timeframe, you see a lot more of the political maneuvering and how it affects the outcome of not only individual battles, but the direction of the war itself. And the progress of the campaign is a logical, extremely believable progression given the changes which occurred in the first book. Even the mistakes made by individual commanders are believable - the actual war was filled with these kinds of mistakes, many driven by the personalities and flaws of the people involved, and neither side is left off the hook.
In all, a gripping read, and a worthy successor to Gettysburg. I can't wait for the third book to come out...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very gripping alternative history narrative. He keeps the historic personalities accurate.Published 1 month ago by kentuckydust
Could not put it down. Was never a big fan of alternate history until now.Published 5 months ago by stephen smith
A few months ago, I decided to review Gettysburg by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen. Not only was I drastically disappointed in the work and the interpretation of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Matthew Bartlett
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, interesting mixture of story with history.Published 14 months ago by gary w.