Historical Fiction: Savannah, by James Reasoner

3.0 out of 5 stars Damn Yankees

As a lifelong student of America’s Civil War, I turned to Reasoner’s fictional series with interest because of its Confederate perspective. The ninth volume, Savannah, covers the months during which Sherman took the fight to Georgia and began the systematic shattering of the rebel army. My hope was that this book would be as compelling as Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels, but it lacks the sense of urgent immediacy in which Shaara so successfully plunged his readers. Reasoner’s story, from both the military and the civilian angle, is accurate enough historically, and should be compelling. Unfortunately, his writing style, relying as it does upon stock phrases (e.g., “it was all he could do” or “all he could think about was…”) and elementary vocabulary, falls flat even in the most exciting of settings. Similarly, most of his characters come across as a bit wooden. Recommended for young adult readers and those seeking an introduction to the war between the states.


4 thoughts on “Historical Fiction: Savannah, by James Reasoner

  1. I’d be interested to know what other books are in this series. I haven’t heard about it before but it looks pretty good. How did you like the other books in the series?

  2. katknit says:

    IMO, not if you already are knowledgeable about the CW, unless you’re especially interested in the family saga type of book.

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