Amazon Reader Review

“I couldn’t put this book down. The dialogue is believable and leads the reader to understand that these men were humans, as well as soldiers. His description of the battles helped me to better follow what was often, in real life, very confusing movements. I was never a Civil War devotee. Now I am. I hope Tim Kent is around for a very long time.” – SilverSpringsGirl

Amazon Reader Review

“When I ordered this book, I didn’t realize it was a novel; however, the author so skillfully weaves the imagined dialog and character portrayals into known historical facts that I found it difficult to put down. We’ve always wondered what really happened at Spring Hill? We’ve always wondered what was said in the war councils and what the generals thought of each other and of their commander. This novel provides very plausible answers.” – Michael “Michael”

Brief Review of “Die Like Men”

Tim Kent’s “Die Like Men”, published by Bluewater Publications, is a historical novel portraying the Civil War battles of Franklin and Nashville and the events leading up to these tragic slaughters. Generals Hooke, Forrest, Cheatham, Brown, Cleburne, Lee, Smith, Thomas, Schofield, Opdycke, Wilson, Shy, and others come alive. Author Kent obviously lives and breathes the lives of these officers since he demonstrates an intimate knowledge of their personalities and backgrounds. Although we know the outcomes of those battles, Tim makes the story live and writes in such a way that one looks forward to each new page. Sparingly the language is raw where needed; omitting that would be an injustice to history. The chapters alternate between the CSA and the USA plans. Mr. Kent presents a balanced description that is fair to both sides of the conflict. He adeptly shows how certain subordinate decisions drastically affected the outcome. You can sample his book at his blog: I eagerly look forward to the “histories” of other battles by this exciting young historian.

© 2012 Dr. David R. Curott, UNA Prof. Emeritus