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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gettysburg Series Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593976323
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New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen conclude their inventive trilogy with this remarkable answer to the great "what if" of the American Civil War: Could the South have indeed won?

After his great victories at Gettysburg and Union Mills, General Robert E. Lee's attempt to bring the war to a final conclusion by attacking Washington, D.C., fails. However, in securing Washington, the remnants of the valiant Union Army of the Potomac, under the command of the impetuous General Dan Sickles, is trapped and destroyed. For Lincoln there is only one hope left: that General Ulysses S. Grant can save the Union cause.

It is now August 22, 1863. Lincoln and Grant are facing a collapse of political will to continue the fight to preserve the Union. Lee, desperately short of manpower, must conserve his remaining strength while maneuvering for the killing blow that will take Grant's army out of the fight and, at last, bring a final and complete victory for the South.

Pursuing the remnants of the defeated Army of the Potomac up to the banks of the Susquehanna, Lee is caught off balance when news arrives that General Ulysses S. Grant, in command of more than seventy thousand men, has crossed that same river, a hundred miles to the northwest at Harrisburg. As General Grant brings his Army of the Susquehanna into Maryland, Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia maneuvers for position. Grant first sends General George Armstrong Custer on a mad dash to block Lee's path toward Frederick and with it control of the crucial B&O railroad, which moves troops and supplies. The two armies finally collide in Central Maryland, and a bloody week-long battle ensues along the banks of Monocacy Creek. This must be the "final" battle for both sides.

In Never Call Retreat, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen bring all of their critically acclaimed talents to bear in what is destined to become an immediate classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Could the South have won the Civil War? Gingrich and Forstchen continue to explore this question in the second volume of the alternate history they began with Gettysburg. Bits of fife and drum music add a military flavor to the production. Boyd Gaines reads with an intensity that sets the heart racing as hard as that of any soldier marching into battle...It's truly a remarkable performance. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. AudioFile on Grant Comes East

  • Character depictions are vivid, detailed, and insightful. One of the best novels of the Civil War to appear in recent years. Publishers Weekly (starred) on Grant Comes East

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Powers | 12/27/2013

    " Highly recommend Newt's historical fiction series - both Civil War and WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 11/18/2013

    " Not as good ss the first 2 in the series - far more military strategy detail. Ending was a version of the real war end, though earlier and at a different location. So not as "altered" as the first 2 books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 11/8/2012

    " The first of this GREAT civil war sci-fi type book show all sorts of historical societies and how they would operate if they exisited at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.T. Kalnay | 11/4/2012

    " The third book in the trilogy that started with Gettysburgh. The author really gets into the heads of Lee and Grant and the other major figures about which we've read so much. They are in different places doing the same thing with the same resources. Really interesting alternative history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leonard | 6/5/2012

    " Lee attacks Washington. Interesting read. Not as good as Getysburg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 3/16/2012

    " Third of Bruce Catton's three-book trilogy. A must-read for Civil War buffs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Duval | 1/6/2012

    " Perfect ending to the trilogy that started with the Confederacy's victory at Gettysburg. I wondered how they would have the Civil War end, and the ending was not only believable, but the writing made it that much more dramatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 12/28/2011

    " Third and final book of the trilogy. An okay ending, but from a military perspective, the plausibility is all but lost. Still, in all, it was an enjoyable conclusion to the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cv Rick | 8/11/2011

    " I don't have much more to add other than my boredom with the cliches of valorous soldier and altruistic commander. It grew tiring to read a book written by fans of Robert E Lee who think he was perfect and could do no wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth A | 6/23/2011

    " Rousing finish to the series. Enjoyed this one the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conley | 4/22/2011

    " A refreshing perspective on the Civil War from the inside out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett Sorge | 4/1/2011

    " Good reading, but I don't like this alternative view of history. Somehow this bothers me knowing the facts are far different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 4/1/2011

    " Third of Bruce Catton's three-book trilogy. A must-read for Civil War buffs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/9/2010

    " Perfect ending to the trilogy that started with the Confederacy's victory at Gettysburg. I wondered how they would have the Civil War end, and the ending was not only believable, but the writing made it that much more dramatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conley | 2/21/2010

    " A refreshing perspective on the Civil War from the inside out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cv | 10/18/2009

    " I don't have much more to add other than my boredom with the cliches of valorous soldier and altruistic commander. It grew tiring to read a book written by fans of Robert E Lee who think he was perfect and could do no wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 3/21/2009

    " Third and final book of the trilogy. An okay ending, but from a military perspective, the plausibility is all but lost. Still, in all, it was an enjoyable conclusion to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/19/2008

    " Not as good ss the first 2 in the series - far more military strategy detail. Ending was a version of the real war end, though earlier and at a different location. So not as "altered" as the first 2 books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/31/2008

    " The first of this GREAT civil war sci-fi type book show all sorts of historical societies and how they would operate if they exisited at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dmcconkey | 1/8/2008

    " An alternative history novel – third of a trilogy – excellent read "

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About the Author
Author Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is coauthor of several bestselling books, including Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8 and Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War. He is a member of the Defense Policy Board and is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course at the United States Air Force’s Air University.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time. He has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.