Friday, May 18, 2007

Book Buzz:-->"The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara (1974)

"Time will pass away,
Time will guard our secret.
I'll return again
To fight another day."
Wishbone Ash

NO SPOILERS:

"The Killer Angels"...by Michael Shaara is just one of thousands of books dealing with the Civil War...but many consider this offering one of the best.

Revolving around the four horrific days of the Gettysburg Battle...Shaara gives the reader an unbiased view of the motivations and decisions made by several major characters when confronting one problem after another during this bloody time.

For those who enjoy the chess game of tactical maneuvering during a battle will not be disappointed. As for me, it was the young soldiers involved having to deal with the weather and the scarcity of food that I found most wrenching. The courage many of them showed and the fear most of them felt.. And above all...not forgetting the continuous butchery of human lives because of orders given during the Civil War.

Shaara handles the battle scenes awesomely by changing the perspective after each chapter...allowing us to see the many challenges faced on either side...but also keeping the "time" in the now. Good stuff!

Not only does Shaara satisfy the hunger of history buffs...but delivers heart-pounding battle-scene action for the adventure reader.
352 pages. Highly recommended.

MoSkeet

Wishbone Ash-->"Warrior" off Argus (1972) (Own This CD)

2 comments:

whiteray said...

Yes, a great, great book! (Oddly enough, someone asked me a day or two ago if I had any Wishbone Ash. I didn't, but since then, I've run into the band's work at three or four places!)

Freddie L Sirmans, Sr. said...

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