Hell or Richmond: A Novel, Ralph Peters, Forge Publishing, 542 pp., maps, May 2013, $25.99
Those who thoroughly enjoyed 2012's Cain At Gettysburg will greet Hell or Richmond.
From the publisher: 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
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.
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
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.
Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at
Gettysburg, is a retired U.S. Army officer, a controversial strategist and
veteran of the intelligence world, a journalist who appears frequently in the
broadcast media, and a lifelong traveler with experience in over seventy
countries on six continents.
In addition to works under his own name, he
is also the author, under the pen name Owen Parry, of a series of award-winning
Civil War mysteries.
Peters has studied the Civil War since childhood. Combining painstaking
research, years of walking those fields of battle, with insight gleaned from his
own military career, Ralph Peters tells this great American tale in a masterful
CWL: Just received a copy and will start it this weekend. Grand expectations!!