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Hell or Richmond [Format Kindle]

Ralph Peters

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Winner of the American Library Association's 2014 Boyd Award for Literary Excellence in Military Fiction.
Between May 5 and June 3, 1864, the Union and Confederate armies suffered 88,000 casualties. Twenty-nine thousand were killed, wounded or captured in the first two days of combat. The savagery shocked a young, divided nation.

Against this backdrop of the birth of modern warfare and the painful rebirth of the United States, New York Times bestselling novelist Ralph Peters has created a breathtaking narrative that surpasses the drama and intensity of his recent critically acclaimed novel, Cain at Gettysburg.

In Hell or Richmond, thirty days of ceaseless carnage are seen through the eyes of a compelling cast, from the Union's Harvard-valedictorian "boy general," Francis Channing Barlow, to the brawling "dirty boots" Rebel colonel, William C. Oates. From Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee to a simple laborer destined to win the Medal of Honor, Peters brings to life an enthralling array of leaders and simple soldiers from both North and South, fleshing out history with stunning, knowledgeable realism.

From the horrific collision of armies in the Wilderness, where neither side wanted to fight, to the shocking slaughter of the grand charge at Cold Harbor, this epic novel delivers a compelling, authentic, and suspenseful portrait of Civil War combat.

Commemorating the approaching 150th anniversary of this grim encounter between valiant Americans, Ralph Peters brings to bear the lessons of his own military career, his lifelong study of this war and the men who fought it, and his skills as a bestselling, prize-winning novelist to portray horrific battles and sublime heroism as no other author has done.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 543 pages
  • Editeur : Forge Books; Édition : Reprint (7 mai 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Masterful Storytelling -- Meticulous Civil War History 7 mai 2013
Par Jerry D. Morelock - Publié sur Amazon.com
Peters follows his best-selling 2012 Civil War historical novel, Cain at Gettysburg, with another triumph of meticulous scholarship, compelling characterization and exciting, page-turning combat action. Hell or Richmond is not only story-telling at its best, it is an astonishingly accurate account of the May-June 1864 clash of the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia from the nightmarish Battle of the Wilderness through the bloody carnage at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Peters has exhaustively mined hundreds of reference works, from the War of the Rebellion Official Records to soldiers' letters and diaries, in order to accurately -- and magnificently -- recreate what Civil War combat actually felt like to the battles' participants. Just one telling testament to Peters' historical rigor is that his narrative even includes the correct weather for a given time of day, as soldiers in blue and gray marched and fought, alternately enduring blazing heat and drenching downpours.
As in Cain at Gettysburg, Peters presents the commanders and common soldiers on both sides of the battle lines. Yet, in this superbly crafted novel, all of the characters are actual historical personages, resurrected and brought to vivid life by a writer at the top of his form. In his Author's Note, Peters explains: "If historical fiction is properly done, it can bring history to life. History provides the identities. Historical fiction investigates the souls." Hell or Richmond is, indeed, "historical fiction properly done," revealing the very soul of deadly Civil War combat.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 He just keeps getting better 7 mai 2013
Par Bob C. Haynie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For the record, I don't read all that fast. But I got an advance copy of "Hell or Richmond" a few weeks back and read it, so I can offer a review on the same day the book hits the shelves here and elsewhere.

I said a lot of good things about Peters' earlier "Cain at Gettysburg," and for "Hell or Richmond" I can do the same, only more so. For while this book equals its predecessor in several ways--the rich cast of complex characters straight out of history, the meticulous delineation of complex military movements, the battle pieces that thrill and compel you--it also improves on it. For one thing, it is a bigger canvas. The Overland Campaign was more complex and covered much more ground and time than the Battle of Gettysburg. It is a huge story and Peters' thorough explanation of it will be a revelation to those, like me, who come to the book knowing something, but not much, about it. For another, he shows the physical and psychological dimensions of warfare in even greater and more convincing detail. Many writers will point out that "the men had had to march all night, so they arrived at the battlefield tired," but this book gives you a full sense of how trying and miserable the conditions were, and how the men up and down the chain of command were affected by them. For still another, he even more artfully balances and integrates the personal and the universal, the military and the political, the social and the individual.

In sum, in my long stint of reading military history and fiction, I have never so convincingly felt the environment of war--its tedium and terrors, its chaotically overlapping actions and demands, its rawness. Read this if you want to know in minute detail how a month of brutal fighting took place over miles of Virginia countryside. Read it if you want to understand much of what is worth knowing about one particular military campaign. Or read it if you want to feel what pretty much any battle, down through the contentious history of our species, would have been like had you been there.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Soldier Tells a Story That All Americans Should Know 10 mai 2013
Par Tom Rozman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Every American who loves their country owes themselves the reading of "Hell or Richmond". As I read this tale of profound humanity confronted by greedy death day after day, tortured by weather, pain, filth, fear, and grotesque mortality, I became aware of a distant drum roll that grew deeper and stronger as I Journeyed into the book. Not recognizable at first as I read, it became the beating of the thousands of brave hearts that met again and again in the series of horrific battles narrated in this work. That these were the hearts of our ancestors giving everything they had that we might have the country we enjoy today profoundly affected my sense of what I was experiencing. Ralph Peters is one of the very few authors I have encountered who has so perfect a genius in applying historical fiction that the reader feels, smells and suffers the event as if there.

As a soldier and long time military reader I noted another current running deeply through this work. The author has spared little of himself in research, walking the ground and, as a soldier, getting inside the minds of his characters. The accuracy of location, personality, ground, weather, organization, tactics--every detail is so true that the reader cannot relent in following the story. It educates and it educates even the professional soldier. Any reader will learn about this crucial several weeks in the Republic's survival in a way that will enrich them immeasurably in their understanding of what love of country really means.

To the strictly military reader this work is a must. It is a study in leadership that sets, I think, a new Harvard case study standard for such work. It is outstanding entertainment and quick paced totally absorbing reading for any reader. But the professional military reader will be greatly rewarded by the time spent with the book. Having spent some time at platoon, company, battalion, brigade, division and corps, though in another time, every action, the well done and the less well done rings true. The behavior of the soldier, the NCO and the officer is presented as it really is--human in every way but beyond noble in its collective will to confront the unthinkable.

I came away from my read of "Hell or Richmond" with a much enhanced appreciation for the generalship on both sides. As well, I cannot say enough of the window provided on field grade officer performance at battalion and regiment. But the absolute genius of this work is the exposure to company grade officers, NCOs and private soldiers. They become living human beings with loves, fears, families--they are real and personal. Every tenet of leadership under the most demanding situations of war is addressed. I would suggest that anyone seeking to lead a military organization, any organization, read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Talent Rises to the Top 13 mai 2013
Par Gordon Cucullu - Publié sur Amazon.com
Ralph Peters' Civil War series has justifiably become iconic within an amazingly brief time. Given the extraordinarily high quality of his research skills exceeded only by his incredible story-telling abilities we ought to have expected this.
As impressed as I was by Cain at Gettysburg, Peters' latest work, Hell or Richmond, exceeds even the remarkably high standards he sets for himself.
This author's ability to place the reader in the midst of another era could only be matched if he put us into a time machine. And, in a most talented manner, Peters does exactly that. From the first paragraph readers will become part of scenes that for most Americans have been lost in the sterility of modern history classes.
Here the past lives on and captures the imagination, emotions, and thoughts of the readers as if we, too, trudged with too-heavy knapsacks through brutal heat clothed in anachronistic woolen uniforms, knowing we would face scenes of carnage at the end of the march unmatched by any previous experiences we might have had.
I recommend that you purchase this book immediately (and add Cain to your order if you have not yet appreciated it).
You will find this read an unforgettable, exciting experience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Breathtaking 7 mai 2013
Par Nikephorus Phokas - Publié sur Amazon.com
In the hands of this master story-teller, the Civil War comes alive as it has never done since Joshua Chamberlain put pen to paper. Hell or Richmond is simply breathtaking and without doubt the finest piece of modern Civil War literature I have ever read. Peters surpassed Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels with his Cain at Gettysburg and now surpasses himself with Hell or Richmond. Although a work of fiction, this book's sketches of Grant, Lee, Meade and the other main players are the sort of insight one would find in the most subtle of biographies. He truly breaks new ground in the understanding of these men of war. Although a work of fiction, the description of the battles of the Overland Campaign offer the clearest descriptions of the maneuvers of those bloody days. Although a work of fiction, nothing has come closer to painting the maelstrom of Civil War combat. Colonel Upton's assault at Spotsylvania is particularly memorable. Buy this book. You will not regret it. Peter Tsouras
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