It’s amazing to me that we’ve only been monitoring military suicide rates since 2001, so who knows how many of our service men and women have taken their own lives? Further disturbing news has just been made, however: this year will mark the most suicides in the military since those records have been kept at all. The rate is horrifying: faster than one person per day.
In this novel, Jeff Shaara entered the world of famous authors in a debut work that is a tour de force of literature that also deftly sets the stage for his father Michael’s timeless classic The Killer Angels, which featured a cross-section of historical participants at the battle of Gettysburg as the lead characters, two of whom –Robert E. Lee and Joshua L. Chamberlain- return in Gods, in which they are joined by Union general Winfield Scott Hancock and the legendary Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.