With Amazon.com currently listing better than 45 works of fiction and nonfiction on the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack, one can be forgiven for questioning the need for yet another novel about the engagement between the world's first ironclad warships.
The obvious answer is if David Poyer has embarked a series of novels encompassing the Civil War at sea, you can't skip one of the most important battles in nautical history. And not surprisingly, this veteran novelist of sea stories once again brings new perspectives and insight to the nonscholar in "That Anvil of Our Souls." Poyer doesn't just make history painless - he makes it exciting.
The Patrick O'Brien of the ACW, cont.
There's a new book review of a David Poyer novel.