By Jeff Shaara
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil struggle terrain he is aware so good, with the most recent novel within the sequence that all started with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of Thunder. In The Smoke at Dawn, the final nice push of the military of the Cumberland units the level for a decisive war of words at Chattanooga that can make sure the result of the war.
summer time, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured entire regulate of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the recognition of Ulysses S. supply. Farther east, the Federal military less than the command of William Rosecrans captures the the most important rail hub at Chattanooga. yet Rosecrans is careless, and whereas pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. chickening out in a panic again to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued through the accomplice forces below basic Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their provide traces severed, the Federal military turns out doomed to an identical type of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. yet a disgusted Abraham Lincoln has visible adequate of normal Rosecrans. Ulysses furnish is increased to command of the whole theater of the conflict, and instantly replaces Rosecrans with basic George Thomas. provide gathers an incredible strength, together with armies commanded via Joseph Hooker and Grant’s good friend, William T. Sherman. Grant’s project is obvious: holiday the accomplice siege and spoil Bragg’s army. in the meantime, Bragg wages struggle as a lot along with his personal subordinates as he does with the Federals, developing dissension and disharmony within the Southern ranks, erasing the accomplice army’s superiority at precisely the incorrect time.
mixing evocative historic aspect with searing depictions of conflict, Jeff Shaara immerses readers on the earth of commanders and customary infantrymen, civilians and statesmen. From the Union aspect come the voices of Generals supply, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as good because the younger inner most Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer. From the insurgent ranks come Generals Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, and James Longstreet, in addition to the mythical cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest. A story of background performed out on a human scale within the grand Shaara culture, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the warfare within the West, while the destiny of a divided kingdom really hangs within the balance.
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
“Civil struggle heritage fiends could be riveted.”—Parade
“A superbly written novel . . . Shaara once more elevates background from mere rote truth to explosive and fascinating drama.”—Bookreporter
“Shaara’s mastery of army strategies, his intimate snatch of background, and his skill to interweave a number of assisting narratives right into a cohesive and digestible entire . . . will attract a wide diversity of old- and military-fiction fans.”—Booklist
“Top-notch . . . As with the simplest ancient struggle novels, realizing the last word final result of the sour struggling with isn't really a bar to engagement.”—Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.