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Valley of the Shadow

Valley of the Shadow

A Novel

The Battle Hymn Cycle (Volume 3)

Ralph Peters

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NYT bestselling author Ralph Peters returns with the third installment in his Boyd Award-winning series on the Civil War

In the Valley of the Shadow, they wrote their names in blood.

From a daring Confederate raid that nearly seized Washington, D.C., to a stunning reversal on the bloody fields of Cedar Creek, the summer and autumn of 1864 witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of our Civil War, in mighty battles now all but forgotten.

The desperate struggle for mastery of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, breadbasket of the Confederacy and the South's key invasion route into the North, pitted a remarkable cast of heroes in blue and gray against each other. From hungry, hard-bitten Rebel privates to a pair of Union officers destined to become presidents, from a neglected hero who saved our nation's capital and went on to write one of his century's greatest novels to doomed Confederate leaders of incomparable valor, Ralph Peters brings to life yesteryear's giants and their breathtaking battles with the same authenticity, skill, and insight he offered readers in his prize-winning Civil War bestsellers, Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond.

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July 6, 1864

Maryland Heights

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Praise for Valley of the Shadow

“Those who enjoy Bruce Catton's and Shelby Foote's Civil War histories will find a fictional equal in Peters . . . a superlative novel.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“[Peters] continues his superb chronicle of the Civil War. Peters naturally excels at precise military detailing and brutal battle scenes . . . an absolute must read.” —Booklist

“[Peters'] immense knowledge of the tactics and the details of a soldier's life at that time are combined with a narrative drive that kept me turning pages late into the night.” —Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn

“His empathy and insight have never been more powerfully expressed. Valley of the Shadow is a blazing masterpiece.” —W.E.B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author

“Historical fiction can do something that not even the best history texts can. It can make the reader say, ‘Yes, this is how it felt.' Looking for proof of this? Just open the Ralph Peters novel you are holding.” —George F. Will

“Brilliantly conceived and executed, Valley of the Shadow achieves that rare feat of combining genuine reading enjoyment with superb scholarship.” —General Sid Shachnow, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired)

“A gripping novel that is as historically accurate as it is enthralling.” —Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture

“Ralph Peters once again superbly demonstrates his complete mastery of the craft of writing historical fiction. . . . Indeed, Peters' great gift as a novelist is to bring real history … More…

“Those who enjoy Bruce Catton's and Shelby Foote's Civil War histories will find a fictional equal in Peters . . . a superlative novel.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“[Peters] continues his superb chronicle of the Civil War. Peters naturally excels at precise military detailing and brutal battle scenes . . . an absolute must read.” —Booklist

“[Peters'] immense knowledge of the tactics and the details of a soldier's life at that time are combined with a narrative drive that kept me turning pages late into the night.” —Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn

“His empathy and insight have never been more powerfully expressed. Valley of the Shadow is a blazing masterpiece.” —W.E.B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author

“Historical fiction can do something that not even the best history texts can. It can make the reader say, ‘Yes, this is how it felt.' Looking for proof of this? Just open the Ralph Peters novel you are holding.” —George F. Will

“Brilliantly conceived and executed, Valley of the Shadow achieves that rare feat of combining genuine reading enjoyment with superb scholarship.” —General Sid Shachnow, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired)

“A gripping novel that is as historically accurate as it is enthralling.” —Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture

“Ralph Peters once again superbly demonstrates his complete mastery of the craft of writing historical fiction. . . . Indeed, Peters' great gift as a novelist is to bring real history to life and make readers feel what it was like-is like-to experience combat.” —Armchair General

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Ralph Peters

RALPH PETERS is an award-winning, bestselling novelist; a retired U.S. Army officer and former enlisted man; the author of numerous works on strategy; and a popular media commentator. In uniform and as a researcher and journalist, he has covered numerous conflicts and trouble spots, from Africa to the Caucasus, from Iraq to Pakistan.
Renowned for accuracy and authenticity, his Civil War writing, under his own name and as Owen Parry, has won numerous prizes, including the American Library Association’s Boyd Award (three times), the Hammett Prize, the Herodotus Award, and the Meade Society’s Order of Merit. In 2015, he received the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize as an outstanding American soldier-scholar. His accomplished set of works includes the Battle Hymn series: Cain at Gettysburg, Hell or Richmond, Valley of the Shadow, The Damned of Petersburg, and Judgment at Appomattox.

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