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Until the End (U.S. Civil War #2)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  294 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
James and Kevin Bannon, the two brothers introduced in Look Away, continue to serve on opposing sides. James with the 4th Virginia Regiment and Kevin commanding a company in the 4th New Jersey. In their struggle to survive, their fear that one day they'd encounter each other on the battlefield was finally realized during the terrible conclusion of the third day at Gettysbu ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published September 12th 1996)
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One must describe more than the flesh-tearing qualities of minie balls, the sickening splinters of jaws being smashed by rifle butts, the bitter irony of facing “friendly fire,” or the soul-searing screams of soldiers facing (often unnecessary) amputations in order to paint the full mural of horrors for the so-called American Civil War (aka War Between the States or War of Northern Aggression). More than in any other historical novel I’ve read, Until the End manages to touch on the loss of hope, ...more
A 500 page novel of the Civil War. James and Kevin Bannon are brothers. James is fighting for the Confederacy and Kevin is fighting for the Union. This novel is the last in a set, continuing the story started in Look Away. Kevin and James were estranged as a result of a bitter conflict that ended in tragedy. James was sent down South to military school, where he came of age as the war began. This book starts in Virginia in 1863 and switches between James' experiences, in detail, on the battlefie ...more
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: hard-core Civil War buffs only
Please see my detailed review at Amazon Graceann's "Until the End" Review"

This had the same problems as Look Away, but also the same gifts. The supporting characters are so interesting, and there was one scene, in a field hospital, that had me in tears. If the rest of the book had been that good, it would have become one of my favorites of all time. Sadly, that excellence was fleeting.
Jon Kurtz
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Civil War Buffs
A sequel to the novel Look Away, this story picks up after two brothers, on opposite sides of the war, face each other at the battle of Gettysburg. A well-researched and accurate account of the later years of the Civil War, Coyle uses the two perspectives to show the horrors and wonders seen by those serving on both sides. As the Union takes control and the south begins to crumble, family conflict overshadows the most devastating war in America's history.
John Parks
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Finished it. I guess it was what I could have expected.

Actually, I really enjoyed reading the battle narratives. They were alive and engrossing and still very technical. Apparently they were very accurate, too. The author read and used many first hand accounts of the fighting from both the Rebel and Union troops.

The rest of the novel, though, was pretty boring. I don't think I'll read the first installment (Look Away) in this 2 book series.
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to the epic Civil War novel "Look away", and what a sequel.
A thrilling and personal voyage through the bloody conclusion of the Civil War, seen through the eyes of the tormented Bannon family and their dependents. A beautiful conclusion of a beautiful book!
Bob Conner
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-war
A continuation of Look Away and the intensity is still fresh. I'm amazed at how well Coyle places his characters in historically accurate settings and brings it all home to witness. Good, Good, Good; very good.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Mr Coyle kind of loses his way with this attempt at moving into 19h century war from his usual cold war fare. If you want historical fiction set during Lincoln's War please stick with Bernard Cornwell or Michael Sharra.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one too!
Clive Warner
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Coyle writes well about the US civil war with an eye for authentic detail. He deals with it much more convincingly than EL Doctorow's recent attempt.
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This was the second book in a 2 part series about 2 brothers who fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. There was great attention to detail regarding the battles, although they weren't the focal point of the book. Every day people, soldiers and civilians, not Generals, were what kept this story going.
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Harold Coyle is an American author of historical, speculative fiction and war novels including Team Yankee, a New York Times best-seller.He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1974 and spent seventeen years on active duty with the U.S. Army.He lives in Leavenworth, Kansas.
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