I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of Ralph Peters' new novel, The Damned of Petersburg. I could scarcely set it down till I finished. In this excellent historical novel, full of insights and different perspectives, Mr. Peters has brought to life the desperate fighting that flared around Petersburg and Richmond in the summer and autumn of 1864, the crisis of our Civil War. Fine maps display the overall situation, and gripping prose conveys how the fighting felt. This page-turner is a must-read for Civil War novice and aficionado alike. Readers familiar with Hell or Richmond, Mr. Peters' riveting historical novel on the Overland Campaign, will be familiar with some of the characters, particularly General Barlow, Colonel Oates, and Lieutenant Brown. The Damned of Petersburg is expected to be in bookstores and available online this summer.