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Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory (Gettysburg #3)

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The New York Times bestselling authors of Gettysburg continue their inventive series with this remarkable answer to the great "what-if" of the American Civil War:

After his great victories at Gettysburg and Union Mills, General Robert E. Lee's attempt to bring the war to an end by attacking Washington, D.C., fails. However, in securing Washington, the remnants of the valian
Paperback, 640 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1980)
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Victor Orozco
Apr 09, 2014 Victor Orozco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional! Many thanks to the author for such a wonderful story. Continuing from where the last novel left off. Ulysses S. Grant takes his newly formed command to face off Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. From here on in Newt Gingrich expands on what might have happened if the Confederacy had won what was originally the Union victory at Gettysburg.

After the victory on the first day of Gettysburg becoming a withdraw leading to the overwhelming victory at Union Mills. Lee's army is str
Bernie Charbonneau
Apr 15, 2015 Bernie Charbonneau rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any American Civil War buff
This final installment of this fantastic alternative history telling of a period during the American Civil War was as tense as the first paragraph of the first book. This writing combo works extremely well for me. There was no let down in this third book. This series as a whole was top notch. If you are not a fan of alternative history, then these novels will not change your mind. They are quite different than the actual history of this period, but for me, that is what made this series interesti ...more
Brett Sorge
Dec 23, 2011 Brett Sorge rated it liked it
Good reading, but I don't like this alternative view of history. Somehow this bothers me knowing the facts are far different.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 26, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series of books about an alternate history of the Civil War from Gettysburg on. In the previous books, Lee made a different decision at Gettysburg, and this led him to being able to defeat the Army of the Potamic. Lee's forces attack Washington, D.C. Finally, Grant is put in charge of all Union armies in the whole country, and takes time to gather his men and supplies.

In this book, Grant and Lee have their confrontation. It's incredibly bloody, and the descriptions of wh
Jim Smith
Nov 03, 2012 Jim Smith rated it really liked it
In this book, the authors’ epic reworking of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign is brought to an enthralling and highly believable conclusion. One of the standard criticisms of alternate history is something along the lines of ’Why bother with this stuff when there’s so much real histtory out there?’ The answer to that one is that the best alternate history reads like it really could have happened that way. The protagonists’ choices are those that were open to their real-life selves. This book certain ...more
Jefferson Coombs
Aug 23, 2016 Jefferson Coombs rated it liked it
This series was interesting. I thought the first book was the best, although I will give them all three stars since I can't do halves. The first book follows a widely held belief that the South could have won a battle in Southern Pennsylvania if they had chosen different ground. I do not agree with their conclusion that the War would actually have ended sooner with a Confederate victory in Southern Pennsylvania.
Mike Rogers
Mar 01, 2016 Mike Rogers rated it really liked it
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Geoffrey Hazelton
An excellent read! This is a fictional account of the last battle of the Civil War. But is full of true to life detail and a believable depiction of both Grant and Lee. This is a page turner so be prepared to stick to it. This is the third book of a trilogy so now I will go back to read the first two: Gettysburg and Grant Comes East. These are also fictional novels.
Jan 24, 2014 Ted rated it it was amazing
I must say that like the other two in this series it is completely believable an very entertaining. I was given the middle book in the series, Grant Comes East. Once I started it I had to get on Amazon and get the other two. At some point I will pick up more of Newt's historical fiction. My only disappointment is the death of so many that really survived. Guess that is countered by those who now lived in his revision.
Nov 14, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing
This was a very good conclusion to the alternate timeline based on the fact that Lee was not defeated at Gettysburg and had succeeded at Union Mills.
The book was an intriguing look at the way things could have unfolded had such an event happened.
Oct 21, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Great read. This is the 3rd book in the series that I have read. This is a fantastic series. So many great hours of enjoyment! The book was as well written as the previous two I read. Great job.
Jan 19, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-19-2016
Third book in alternative history genre series following GETTYSBURG and GRANT COMES EAST.
One of the most exciting and well-written and plausible that I've ever read. Highly recommended as a series and individual title.
George Nap
May 02, 2014 George Nap rated it it was ok
Popcorn, light reading and fun, not much substance.
Jun 16, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing
The third and last book in the fictional Civil War trilogy. Grant finally moves his newly-formed army to go after Lee. He has planned his strategy well, even though there are those who thought to undermine his plans. Lincoln finally removes all political obstacles and the final battles get underway.

This book is all action and impossible to put down. Will Grant defeat Lee and end the war...or will Lee win...or will the war go on and on.

Sit back and enjoy.

I loved all three books and look foreward
Dec 20, 2012 Anthony rated it liked it
Shelves: civil-war, fantasy
A review by Anthony T. Riggio of Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory
I read all three in this series of "Alternative History" and found the first two fascinating reading and all three were page turners. The last, however left me with more issues that I could not resolve. The end result was as expected. Lee surrenders. I could accept all of the alternative presentations and battles but I could not accept George Armstrong Custer being killed in a battle. What will happen at the "L
Dec 07, 2011 Ross rated it liked it
A little disappointed that in changing history at Gettysburg, the authors saw fit to end the Civil War pretty much exactly the way it did in our history books. What's the point in "what-if"ing a watershed moment like Gettysburg if it has no discernable impact on the events that followed? Also disappointed that they chose to leave us hanging regarding the rest of Lincoln's presidency, particularly the question of whether he survived it or not. Now THAT would have been some alternate history!
BJ Rose
Mar 15, 2009 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing
In this heart-rending conclusion to their alternative-history Civil War trilogy, the authors show the political intrigue and actions that create the environment in which commanders and soldiers must fight a war, and which helps decide which army will be victorious.

In reading this trilogy, I often found myself googling names & battles to see whether what I was reading was factual, semi-factual, or completely fictional - and in the process, got an excellent history lesson.
Joe Davoust
Sep 19, 2012 Joe Davoust rated it it was ok
Written like a Civil War history book, it's a bit confusing especially if you know some of the real facts. This is revisionist history and while I've read many books in this genre, this one was so close to what really happened, it made me wonder why bother. I would have enjoyed a narrative of real Civil War events, even a novelized version, much more than this.
But it does get stars for being well written and, though a bit confusing, still entertaining.
Jan 20, 2016 John rated it really liked it
A strong conclusion to this fun hypothetical serious. However, it's suffers in that many new characters are brought in, and old characters are left aside. becomes a simple mouthpiece for the authors views, while Grant remains a likable, compelling character.
Aug 11, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it
A fitting conclusion to a stellar trilogy. The only gripe I have is that, knowing Gingrich was "co-author", you knew the ending. As a politician with eyes on the presidency, there was no way he would be associated with any written work that had the Confederacy winning the Civil War. But overall, a great series and a great trilogy.
Adam West
Dec 28, 2010 Adam West rated it it was amazing
Please see my review for Gettysburg, by the same authors. This was the third and finally book in a trilogy that began with the aforementioned book.

I thought this book offered a sobering reality check about the Civil War and how it would have ended if Lee had won the Battle of Gettysburg.
J.T. Kalnay
Aug 09, 2012 J.T. Kalnay rated it it was amazing
The third book in the trilogy that started with Gettysburgh. The author really gets into the heads of Lee and Grant and the other major figures about which we've read so much. They are in different places doing the same thing with the same resources. Really interesting alternative history.
Matt Duval
Sep 22, 2010 Matt Duval rated it really liked it
Perfect ending to the trilogy that started with the Confederacy's victory at Gettysburg. I wondered how they would have the Civil War end, and the ending was not only believable, but the writing made it that much more dramatic.
CV Rick
Oct 18, 2009 CV Rick rated it it was ok
Shelves: mainstream, history
I don't have much more to add other than my boredom with the cliches of valorous soldier and altruistic commander. It grew tiring to read a book written by fans of Robert E Lee who think he was perfect and could do no wrong.
Mar 07, 2009 Margaret rated it really liked it
Not as good ss the first 2 in the series - far more military strategy detail. Ending was a version of the real war end, though earlier and at a different location. So not as "altered" as the first 2 books.
Sep 18, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dan by: read earlier ones
I enjoyed this continuation of these writers fictional accounts of what might have happened if Lee had not charged on the third day of Gettysburg.

They give a good picture of what Civil War battles were like.
Aug 08, 2013 Vicki rated it liked it
OK. NOW I know it is an alternate history NOVEL, third in a series. It was so long, I wish I would have know; I just wanted to know more about the real war. I got very confused.....

Mar 21, 2009 Burt rated it really liked it
Third and final book of the trilogy. An okay ending, but from a military perspective, the plausibility is all but lost. Still, in all, it was an enjoyable conclusion to the series.
Oct 31, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
The first of this GREAT civil war sci-fi type book show all sorts of historical societies and how they would operate if they exisited at the same time.
Len Dyer
Jun 27, 2013 Len Dyer rated it really liked it
enjoyable to the end. solidified that given similar situations the end of the war would have similar outcomes
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