This seventh installment of ten in the Civil War Battle Series picks up the story on July 4, 1863, the day after the surrender of Vicksburg. The Brannon boys–Cory, Will, Mac, Henry, and Titus–are all fighting battles both personal and military. Henry, mistakenly believing his brother Titus was killed at Fredericksburg, becomes engaged to Titus’ supposed widow. Meanwhile Titus, having just escaped from a hell-hole POW camp just outside Chicago, is making his way homeward. Mac is fighting alongside General Fitzhugh Lee and worrying about Will, who was seriously wounded at Gettysburg. And Cory has just sent his new bride off to Texas as he leaves to fight with General Nathan Bedford Forrest. There’s enough drama here for a very long mini-series.
Reasoner does an admirable job of succinctly reviewing past storylines so that each book is completely enjoyable on its own merits. His characters always seem to be some general’s right-hand man, but it makes them more interesting than run-of-the-mill grunts. His action sequences are well written, and even the most ancillary character is developed with care. It all makes for great reading.