Synopses & Reviews
In this stunning, unforgettable novel, Jeff Shaara carries us back thirteen years before the Civil War, when that momentous conflict's most familiar names are fighting for another cause, junior officers marching under the same flag in an unfamiliar land, experiencing combat for the first time in the Mexican-American War.
"Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[Shaara relies] on the history behind the men and their campaigns to tell the tale....Most poignant of all is the appearance of so many characters who will fight under opposing flags 13 years later. Stonewall Jackson shows up as a humorless young lieutenant with a spiritual reverence for his artillery, and Ulysses S. Grant awkwardly meets [Robert E.] Lee....The salvaging of such episodes from history is ultimately a patriotic task, deserving of gratitude."
The Washington Post Book World
"Shaara, as usual, is at his best in action and confrontation and in evoking how it felt to be there." The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Having novelized the Civil War to monstrous commercial success in Gods and Generals (1996) and The Last Full Measure (1998), Shaara here alights upon the training ground for that war's future officers, the Mexican-American War....Because Shaara dwells so much on Lee's thoughts, battle narrative unfolds roughly. Even the narrative of Lee's most famous exploit in the war, his reconnaissance that proved the key to victory at the Battle of Cerro Gordo, seems conventional and lacks vivacity....Despite a palpable dip in quality from the author's previous historical fiction, most of Shaara's fans will ride with Lee on this campaign." Booklist
"Compelling....Thrilling....Shaara briskly drives the U.S. forces to Mexico City, building suspense at each battle, all towards the climactic storming of the gates of the capital....[He] has humanized the mythos of Lee as no one ever has and, in doing, makes an enduring contribution to literature." Civil War Book Review
About the Author
Jeff Shaara divides his time between New York, Florida, and Montana. In his bestsellers, Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, he continued the Pulitzer Prize-Winning story begun by his father, Michael, in The Killer Angels. His newest novel is Rise to Rebellion.