A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara

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14 Critic Reviews

Mr. Shaara's book likewise begins with shock and disorder: shock that in his introduction the author could contend that Shiloh is in any way "overlooked" ...and disorder in the sloppy, unfocused writing that mars the book's first half
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Synopsis

“[An] exciting read . . . [Jeff] Shaara returns to the U.S. Civil War in this first book of a new trilogy. . . . This novel is meticulously researched and brings a vivid reality to the historical events depicted.”—Library Journal
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Spring 1862. The Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse. General Albert Sidney Johnston is forced to abandon the critical city of Nashville and rally his troops in defense of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Hot on Johnston’s trail are two of the Union’s best generals: Ulysses Grant and Don Carlos Buell. If their combined forces can crush Johnston’s army and capture the railroad, the war in the West likely will be over. There’s just one problem: Johnston knows of the Union plans and is poised to launch an audacious surprise attack on Grant’s encampment—a small settlement in southwestern Tennessee anchored by a humble church named Shiloh.
 
Drawing on meticulous research, Jeff Shaara dramatizes the key decisions of the commanders on both sides of the conflict—and brings to life the junior officers, conscripts, and enlisted men who gave their all for the cause. With stunning immediacy, Shaara takes us inside the maelstrom of Shiloh as no novelist has before.
 
“Brilliant . . . riveting . . . a work to be embraced.”—Bookreporter

Includes a preview of Jeff Shaara’s next Civil War novel, A Chain of Thunder.
 

About Jeff Shaara

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Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1928 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1964 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published after his death in 1988.Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure-two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives again in Tallahassee.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 482 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Blaze of Glory
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 15 2012

The particulars of the battle have been meticulously researched and rendered; what’s missing is a vision that would transcend them.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on May 25 2012

Mr. Shaara's book likewise begins with shock and disorder: shock that in his introduction the author could contend that Shiloh is in any way "overlooked" ...and disorder in the sloppy, unfocused writing that mars the book's first half

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard on Jun 01 2012

A BLAZE OF GLORY is a riveting installment in Shaara's historical fiction catalog. Once more, the depth of his knowledge and research about the combat and its related soldiers is unparalleled.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Cody Carlson on Jul 12 2012

Shaara is a brilliant historical novelist whose ability to transport the reader to the battlefield is unmatched

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David M. Kinchen on May 27 2012

"A Blaze of Glory" is a stunning achievement... I recommend it to anyone interested in the Civil War. It's a vivid portrayal of the horrors of industrialized warfare

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Scholars And Rogues

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Reviewed by Chris Mackowski on Jul 08 2012

Coming back to Blaze of Glory, I had high hopes, but I constantly felt like Shaara was just phoning it in. I couldn’t wait for the battle of Shiloh to be over.

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Nashville Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharra on Jun 08 2012

Shaara’s new novel delves into the minds of some of the major players at the Battle of Shiloh, as well as the common soldier’s.

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Greenwich Patch

Excellent
Reviewed by Gordon Hastings on Sep 05 2012

Jeff Shaara continues his magnificent writing with another Civil War historical novel. A Blaze of Glory takes the reader to the western theater of the war and the battle of Shiloh.

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The City Paper

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Scott on Jun 03 2012

In A Blaze of Glory, Shaara relates the horror through the eyes of several men in blue and gray, from the commanding generals to the soldiers doing the killing.

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Pella public library staff reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by wstreet on Jul 11 2012

...is a compelling and very readable novel about the Battle of Shiloh in April, 1862.

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Book Chase

Good
Reviewed by Sam Sattler on Jul 30 2012

Shaara’s painless history lessons are so exciting that many of his readers will, I am certain, be compelled to pick up “real” history books for the first times in their lives.

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Christopher

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Reviewed by Christopher on Aug 07 2012

Shaara's writing is as flat as most of the characters in the novel.

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ProSe

Below average
Reviewed by Christopher on Aug 07 2012

Unfortunately, Shaara's writing is as flat as most of the characters in the novel.

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Word Joy: Positive Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Eileen on May 17 2012

Civil War buffs and lay readers should find the chess match chances taken and the role of the weather a compelling new look into this horrific battle.

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