As most readers would acknowledge (including author Ralph Peters himself) the most-loved novel covering the battle of Gettysburg is, and probably always shall be, Michael Shaara’s “The Killer Angels.” Be that as it may, “Cain at Gettysburg” is almost every bit as good; indeed, it is probably close enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The battle is shown from the perspective of those who fought in two infantry regiments, one on each side, but also has the diverse cast of supporting characters that one would expect in such an ambitious narrative.
Peters writes well, with battle scenes to match those of Bernard Cornwell, yet the bloodshed and gore never seem gratuitous or out of place. There is a fitting level of description for the almost unimaginable carnage which gripped this small piece of Pennsylvania soil on July 1-3, 1863. Knowing that there are four more Civil War novels out there by Ralph Peters makes me eager to see what else this talented writer has put out. Highly recommended.