Cain at Gettysburg
Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They’ll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight.
In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg. As generals squabble, staffs err. Tragedy u
The Killer Angels will remain the most beloved Gettysburg novel. Michael Shaara's skillful writing, mythic portraits, and romantic view of the battle make it incomparable.--From Peters' Afterword to his novel
Peters starts out just fine. But calling Shaara's work "mythic" and "romantic?" Peters continues to say that there is enough material that emerges from the battle of Gettysburg that a dozen novels could be written abou ...more
While superficially similar in scope to Michael Shaara's epic novel The Killer Angels, Peters' book focuses on the battle leaders on both sides, as well as several of the enlisted men from a Confederate regiment ( ...more
Peters hovers in the camps of immigrant Germans, Poles, and Irish men, rather than native Anglo-Saxon stock.
Soldiers are brooding, profane, base, and despising or questioning of God rather than chaste, virtuous, and reverent.
Fights and charges are mean, cruel, ...more
Some of the characters through whose eyes we see the battle are familiar, such as James Longstreet. Others are different, such as George Gordon Meade. The tale is also told from the perspective of troops in the ranks. ...more
Thank you also for this uncorrected advance reading copy won through the first-reads program, and for getting it out to me so quickly as well.
On the Confederate side we read abou ...more
Having said that, Cain at Gettysburg is still a worthwhile read. Rather than compete with The Killer Angels, Peters approaches the battle from a different perspective. Mostly, from the ground up. Peters focuses mostly on the rank and fi ...more
Mr. Peters' works can also be found under the pen name "Owen Parry." He also appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio networks.