Book 2 of Jeff Shaara's Civil War-Western Theatre series. This book deals with the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Actually the last half of the book...moreBook 2 of Jeff Shaara's Civil War-Western Theatre series. This book deals with the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Actually the last half of the book is the siege. The first half is about what led up to the siege. General Pemberton of the Confederacy was really in a tough situation. He was told by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to defend Vicksburg at all costs. Yet General Johnston ordered him to head to Jackson, Mississippi to attack the Union from the West while he battled them from the East. When Pemberton got halfway there Johnston had already left Jackson in retreat. Pemberton then headed back to Vicksburg. He had no support from Johnston or others yet he was blamed by many for the end result of the surrender of the his forces and Vicksburg in the end.
The descriptions of what the nurses and doctors dealt with in treating the injured through the eyes of Lucy Spence was disgusting and eye opening. Almost all wounds to a leg or arm resulted in amputation. Other wounds to the core of the body led to death. The use of the same clothe to stop the bleeding for almost all patients shows what little knowledge there was of infections.
Enjoyable read that did get tedious at times due to Shaara's detailed description of almost everything. Sometimes to the extreme.(less)
I read back to back Gods and Generals; The Last Full Measure; and Gone For Soldiers over a decade ago. I now remember why I decided not to read anymor...moreI read back to back Gods and Generals; The Last Full Measure; and Gone For Soldiers over a decade ago. I now remember why I decided not to read anymore Jeff Shaara books for awhile. While I love history and enjoy when we get to sit in on strategy discussions with the generals who were running the armies that were fighting the various battles, I didn't care for the in depth narrative few of the grunt soldier. These seem to go on forever and you are given descriptions of every detail that is right in front of the soldier. This goes on for 20 plus pages. I understand the benefit of experiencing this once but it seems to come up to often. We miss the overall story for the minute detail of battle.
Overall though the book was enjoyable. After reading it a lot of what ifs are floating around in your head. What if General Johnston hadn't been killed? What if General Beauregard had kept pushing north at the end of the first day instead of waiting till morning? What if Grant and Buell had continued to pursue the Confederates after the Union had pushed them back the second day? In the end there was a lots of men killed in a couple days with no real change in positions by either side.
I did enjoy the description of all the bodies in the field that the soldiers had to basically wade through to get by in a field. The injured calling out to the non-injured for help. The non-injured having to ignore the injured to continue the fight. Also the burying of the dead after the battle was over was enlightening.(less)
I love Creston Mapes books. I have read the first two books of the Crittendon series and they were very good but this one is even better. I hope there...moreI love Creston Mapes books. I have read the first two books of the Crittendon series and they were very good but this one is even better. I hope there is more to come in this series. It is one of those books where you want it to keep going and are sad when you have finished it.
This is a book about a terrorist attack on an arena full of people who are there to hear an independent presidential candidate, Senator Sterling, give a speech on combatting terrorism. Rock star Everett Lester, a hard rocker who became a Christian, will also be making an appearance. Jack Crittendon is working at the arena as a part time security guard along with his friend Brian Shakespeare who is a survivalist. Jack and his pregnant wife Pam are going through one of those rough spots in life that we all face. Jack was a newspaper reporter who is now taking any kind of work to help makes ends meet. Pam has had to go back to work but is 8 months pregnant.
Halfway through the book I thought we had reached the end since the terrorist issue appeared to be resolved. I was wrong. Mapes takes you through an action packed story with twists and turns that I always love. God is also brought out throughout the book which I love.
A good story which I enjoyed more than the first of Axtell's London Encounter series Moonlight Masquerade. In this book Jessamine Barry's heart has be...moreA good story which I enjoyed more than the first of Axtell's London Encounter series Moonlight Masquerade. In this book Jessamine Barry's heart has been broken by Rees when he fell in love with and married Celine in the first book. She is off with Rees' sister Megan to London for the season to meet her a man and mend her broken heart. Jessamine catches the attention of Lancelot Marfleet but he just isn't the guy for her. He is a redhead and he wears spectacles in public. But worst of all he is a vicar who enjoys botany as a hobby just like her father.
Jessamine continues to brush off Lancelot while flirting with some of the men who don't have the best reputations. Things go too far and Jessamine suffers as a result of her behavior. Will Lancelot continue to pursue Jessamine? Can Jessamine forgive herself? Is she over Rees?
I learned a lot about England in 1815 from this book. I also enjoy the Christian references throughout the book. I am not a big romance guy but I was anxious to see if and how Lancelot and Jessamine would get together.(less)
I won this book through GoodReads first read program.
This is a story of a lady trying to figure out her past. The book alternates between three decade...moreI won this book through GoodReads first read program.
This is a story of a lady trying to figure out her past. The book alternates between three decades (1988,1999/2000 and 2011) and many countries as we try to figure out who Tooly's parents were and how she got in the situation she was in. Tooly has had four people taking care of her as she grew up: Paul, Humphrey, Sarah and Venn.
It all comes together at the end but to what point? Your original assumptions of these people turn out not to be true as you see the story through Tooly's eyes as she discovers what was really happening. Nothing monumental. Maybe the point of the story is we truly might not know what is really going on in the lives we live. (less)
I won this book through GoodReads first read program.
I am not a big fan of fantasy books but this book has a very good story which kept me interested...moreI won this book through GoodReads first read program.
I am not a big fan of fantasy books but this book has a very good story which kept me interested throughout. Keiran, Cael and Jarmith are the main characters in the book. Keiran is the leader of the army of Belenus and Cael is his right hand man. They capture a spy from Alamir named Jarmith. Jarmith changes their lives. Lots of twists and turns are in store for you as you follow their adventures. A subtle Christian message is woven into the book. I almost wish it would have been less subtle.
I enjoy Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, this being the ninth, because he weaves history with a good story with a little twist. This edition deals with wh...moreI enjoy Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, this being the ninth, because he weaves history with a good story with a little twist. This edition deals with whether or not states have the ability to leave the union if they are unhappy being part of the United States. The premise of this book is that the founding fathers always thought states had the right to leave until Lincoln fought the Civil War to keep the southern states from leaving union. The civil war wasn't fought to free the slaves, as most people think, but to keep the United States together.
Berry uses the Mormon Church as a player in this saga. Utah and a handfull of other states are about ready to leave the United States based on a missing document signed by the founding fathers confirming that right. This document was in the hands of the Mormon Church at some point when Lincoln sent it to Joe Smith to keep the Mormons from helping out the South. The document is missing (or is it?) and there is a hunt by everyone to find it.
I wasn't a fan of the ending of the book. Not for the reasons many of you are thinking. It wasn't for romantic reasons I disliked the ending. It is really for Berry not being able to kill off any good guys or major characters in the series when a loss of one would be a natural result. I can't say more without spoiling the ending.
I truly enjoy Berry's Writer's Notes at the end of the book where he sets out what from the story was in fact true and what were things he made up for the story.
I am also from Des Moines, Iowa and it was fun to see the Salisbury House as a locale for some of the action.(less)
Minty is the story of 14 year old twin girls-Minty and Jess. They are very close like identical twins...moreI won Minty through GoodReads first read program.
Minty is the story of 14 year old twin girls-Minty and Jess. They are very close like identical twins seem to be. Then one day when the family is on the coast of Scotland Minty drowns while trying to save her dog. This happens in the first couple of chapters.
The rest of the book covers the difficulty Minty's family has accepting her death. We see this through Minty's eyes since she is a ghost who can't move on to the after life. She has a companion named Jack who is unable to move on also till he deals with his issues.
A good glimpse of how a death of a child effects the parents and siblings. Especially the identical twin. I have twin brothers who are not identical but I am sure they have a bond that is beyond the bond that brothers have.(less)
This is book two from Litherland's Slowpocalypse series. Kat and David are both back. Litherland basically alternates which character we follow each c...moreThis is book two from Litherland's Slowpocalypse series. Kat and David are both back. Litherland basically alternates which character we follow each chapter. Kat is out of the FURC attempting to save Ken Cameron's wife and three daughters. She will face many obstacles in bringing them back to the safety of the FURC. David is working inside the compound trying to find out who poisoned the food in the cafeteria and than who killed one of the cafeteria workers.
It was an enjoyable read but it was difficult at times to remember who various characters were. Some would arise during this story but had previously appeared briefly in the first book with no explanation from the author as to who they were.
I really enjoyed Kat's adventure more than David's. David's issues all appeared to get resolved in a rush at the end without a complete wrap up. Minor characters become major to the story which is frustrating.(less)
In the second LaShaun Rousselle mystery we get a glimpse of a werewolf on the loose in Beau Chene, Louisiana. The killings that are taking place appea...moreIn the second LaShaun Rousselle mystery we get a glimpse of a werewolf on the loose in Beau Chene, Louisiana. The killings that are taking place appear very similar to those that took place when the Blood River Ripper was on the loose. The Ripper is confined to a mental institution however. LaShaun and her fiance Deputy Chase Broussard are out to stop the killings.
LaShaun gets to meet Chase's family and his mother turns out not to be a fan of LaShaun. Chase is also in the process of running for Sheriff and LaShaun's relationship with him isn't helping him get votes.
I enjoyed this book better than the first Rousselle mystery but still editing problems. (less)
LaShaun Rousselle is back in Louisiana years after running off to LA due to a murder charge that didn't stick. She is back because her grandmother is...moreLaShaun Rousselle is back in Louisiana years after running off to LA due to a murder charge that didn't stick. She is back because her grandmother is dying. When family money is given away in unequal shares passionate family anger flows freely. LaShaun, Monmon's favorite, is given the entire estate. Then one cousin is killed and another attacked. Fingers once again point at LaShaun. LaShaun and her new love interest Deputy Chase Broussard are set out to find out who is really responsible.
Interesting story but sloppy editing, an unclear past for LaShaun and a rush to explain all at the end with all the characters facing off at one scene take away from a good idea-feuding relatives over family money. As a result the book is just mediocre. Reads quick though.(less)
I was disappointed with the third book in the Spirit of Imagination series. The first two books in the series were very enjoyable. This book involves...moreI was disappointed with the third book in the Spirit of Imagination series. The first two books in the series were very enjoyable. This book involves fantasy and fantasy role playing games which aren't my cup of tea.
Kristen and her friends are stuck in an airport waiting to fly to California to watch a preview of a movie she has a small part in. While waiting for their plane they listen as John tells them a story from a book he has written (John-don't submit that book for publishing). In the book kids are playing a fantasy game which suddenly becomes real. We have orcs, golems and dragons and other fantasy stuff which was painful to get through. Everything is fixed by a magic spell.
Mr. Lord-I hope the final book in your Imagination series gets back to what made the first two books so good.(less)
This series use to be so good and it has devolved to the point where when a new one comes out I debate whether to get it or not. Being the anal compul...moreThis series use to be so good and it has devolved to the point where when a new one comes out I debate whether to get it or not. Being the anal compulsive guy I am I go ahead and read it. Then I regret it.
Pages and pages of nothing go on before we come to the end figuring all ends will be tied up completing the story. Instead we get partial closure.
Ms. Leon, I miss the days when we got both a glimpse of Venice and also had a good mystery to solve. I am sure after debating it I will still purchase and read the next Guido novel and hope for better adventures.(less)