By Jeff Shaara
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil conflict terrain he is aware so good, with the newest novel within the sequence that begun 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 disagreement at Chattanooga that may make sure the result of the war.
summer time, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured whole keep watch over of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the popularity of Ulysses S. furnish. Farther east, the Federal military less than the command of William Rosecrans captures the an 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. backing out in a panic again to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued via 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 obvious sufficient of normal Rosecrans. Ulysses furnish is increased to command of the full theater of the conflict, and instantly replaces Rosecrans with common George Thomas. supply gathers an incredible strength, together with armies commanded by way of Joseph Hooker and Grant’s buddy, William T. Sherman. Grant’s undertaking is obvious: holiday the accomplice siege and break Bragg’s army. in the meantime, Bragg wages warfare as a lot together with his personal subordinates as he does with the Federals, growing dissension and disharmony within the Southern ranks, erasing the accomplice army’s superiority at precisely the improper time.
mixing evocative ancient aspect with searing depictions of conflict, Jeff Shaara immerses readers on the earth of commanders and customary squaddies, civilians and statesmen. From the Union aspect come the voices of Generals furnish, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as good because the younger deepest 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 heritage performed out on a human scale within the grand Shaara culture, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the conflict within the West, whilst the destiny of a divided country actually hangs within the balance.
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
“Civil conflict historical past fiends should be riveted.”—Parade
“A superbly written novel . . . Shaara once more elevates historical past from mere rote truth to explosive and fascinating drama.”—Bookreporter
“Shaara’s mastery of army strategies, his intimate snatch of heritage, and his skill to interweave a number of aiding narratives right into a cohesive and digestible complete . . . will attract a extensive 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 battling isn't really a bar to engagement.”—Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.