A sprawling saga of a southern family from the civil war through WW 2. The author introduces us to the Raines family and takes us into their lives in the turbulent years leading up to the Civil War, the traumas of battle and the after effects of the war on them and their community. We follow them into WW 2 and the horrors of the Pacific theater and a brilliant description of the hell the hero brings home with him. Well done! – Amazon Review
For this military historian Gene Lee’s epic is riveting and true to life — whether he is describing what Confederate soldiers saw, said, and did in the minutes before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg in 1863, or what it was like to be in a US Army artillery unit in the Philippines in 1944.
With scenes as vivid as those in a Michael Shaara Civil War novel, or one of the great World War II novels about the Pacific — think Thin Red Line– Lee seizes and holds the reader’s attention as he guides his story through American history.
He compels us to reflect about life motives like family, racism, and the aftereffects of war. — Nick Reynolds, NYT Bestselling Author of Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures 1935-1961.
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