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A Chain of Thunder
A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg | Jeff Shaara
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Continuing the series that began with A Blaze of Glory, Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in Americas long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted Gibraltar of the Confederacy, a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union generaland all but seal the fate of the rebel cause. In May 1863, after months of hard and bitter combat, Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant at long last successfully cross the Mississippi River. They force the remnants of Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pembertons army to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the Big Black River in its path. But after sustaining heavy casualties in two failed assaults against the rebels, Union soldiers are losing confidence and morale is low. Grant reluctantly decides to lay siege to the city, trapping soldiers and civilians alike inside an iron ring of Federal entrenchments. Six weeks later, the starving and destitute Southerners finally surrender, yielding command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces on July 4Independence Dayand marking a crucial turning point in the Civil War. Drawing on comprehensive research and his own intimate knowledge of the Vicksburg Campaign, Jeff Shaara once again weaves brilliant fiction out of the ragged cloth of historical fact. From the command tents where generals plot strategy to the ruined mansions where beleaguered citizens huddle for safety, this is a panoramic portrait of men and women whose lives are forever altered by the siege. On one side stand the emerging legend Grant, his irascible second William T. Sherman, and the youthful grunt Private Fritz Bauer; on the other, the Confederate commanders Pemberton and Joseph Johnston, as well as nineteen-year-old Lucy Spence, a civilian doing her best to survive in the besieged city. By giving voice to their experiences at Vicksburg, A Chain of Thunder vividly evokes a battle whose outcome still reverberates more than 150 years after the cannons fell silent. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Shaara's The Smoke at Dawn. Praise for A Chain of Thunder [Jeff] Shaara continues to draw powerful novels from the bloody history of the Civil War. . . . The dialogue intrigues. Shaara aptly reveals the main actors: Grant, stoic, driven, not given to micromanagement; Sherman, anxious, high-strung, engaged even when doubting Grants strategy. . . . Worth a Civil War buffs attention.Kirkus Reviews Searing . . . Shaara seamlessly interweaves multiple points of view, as the plot is driven by a stellar cast of real-life and fictional characters coping with the pivotal crisis. . . . [A] riveting fictional narrative.Booklist Shaaras historical accuracy is faultless, and he tells a good story. . . . The voices of these people come across to the reader as poignantly as they did 150 years ago.Historical Novels Review The writing is picturesque and vibrant. . . . [an] engrossing tale.Bookreporter
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Susanita

If I could #beamintobooks I'm pretty sure I would NOT want to be in Vicksburg during the siege of 1863.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Definitely not! 😳 6y
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Susanita
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Audiobooks for walks and road trips. Overdrive for library Kindle books to read on the subway. A paperback in my purse for waiting times. Also a book tote that can hold three or four hardbacks. #howyouread #riotgrams

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All of Shaara's novels humanize the brutality of the Civil War in a way that you want to forget, but need to know. In this novel, the Spence and Bauer chapters create scenes in your mind that appropriately depict the tragic consequences that civil war has on humanity, and how both men and women had to mentally survive through them.