Synopses & Reviews
In this riveting Civil War adventure, Coyle's command of the battlefield brings home the grim reality of that wrenching conflict. At the heart of the story are two brothers, sons of a prosperous New Jersey businessman whose growing wealth and power are dependent on his ability to avoid choosing sides as the abolitionist movement takes hold. James and Kevin Bannon, who have always shielded each other from their father's tyrannical outbursts, see their fierce loyalty abruptly shattered by their rivalry over a woman--and her shocking, violent death. When James is sent off to Virginia Military Institute and Kevin attends college in the North, they soon find themselves on opposite sides of the war. In the grand tradition of The Killer Angels, this powerful, richly detailed work is full of the drama and anguish of America's cruelest war.