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- Publication Date: June 4, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YWK9VTA
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The Shiloh Series: Books 1-3 Kindle Edition
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The reason for a 4, not a 5 star, rating is due to what I perceive is a Catch 22 in technique. (Also, no way to just make it 4.5)
North and South experiences prior to, during, and after each battle are alternated but not chapter by chapter. If there was a structural pattern, I didn't pick up on it.
The perceptions and dialogue are what you would expect. The term "enemy" is relative to which side is doing the talking. The commonly known Generals, Colonels and Armies are referenced and, for the most part, the folks stay on their original sides and in their original uniforms. It's just seldom stated "Those Rebs" or "Those Abolitionists" so you must keep track of who is on what side if you want to understand the way the battles flowed.
Should be simple, right? Well, there's a lot of stuff going on and there are some similarities between folks on each side. For instance, two ministers sons. One on each side. Because I am not a devotee of this war, I don't really know what General was on what side or who won what campaign, where, or why. Except, of course, Lee and Grant. Meantime, the level of detail in what these guys were experiencing was much more interesting than who won the battle, to me. So, I found myself consciously taking a few pages to confirm what side was on the page. Probably not such a bad thing but it slowed me down.
However, the author also provided sufficient summary of past actions when bringing in soldiers back into the story line after they had not been in it for a while. This is a tricky thing in these kinds of novels - too much and it becomes boring and far too long. Too little and you have to read it like a textbook to remember what the heck was going on 100 pages before. Mr Bryant did a pretty good job with this.
Overall, I don't know how many of these I could read - what men had to do to each other and the treatment of the wounded and dying is overwhelming. More so when you know we did it to each other and could do it again. But I am really glad I read this one because it made it much more real to me.
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