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Heaven and Hell quotes Heaven and Hell, litcharts Heaven and Hell, symbolism Heaven and Hell, summary shmoop Heaven and Hell, Heaven and Hell 5a752770 The Last Days Of The Civil War Bring No Peace For The Main And Hazard Families As The Mains South Smolders In The Ruins Of Defeat, The Hazards North Pushes Blindly For Relentless Industrial Progress Both The Nation And The Families Long Standing Bond Hover On The Brink Of Destruction In The Series Epic Conclusion, Jakes Expertly Blends Personal Conflict With Historical Events, Crafting A Haunting Page Turner About America S Constant Change And Unyielding Hope


10 thoughts on “Heaven and Hell

  1. says:

    In the final installment of the North and South series, Jakes examines life in the United States after the Civil War Using his strong collection of characters and their various situations, Jakes shows that the end of the War was not the end to all issues In some cases, it only served to fan the flames and make things worse Charles Main becomes the new main character from the South, who grapples with life as a Confederate soldier who wishes nothing than to assimilate back into society and serve his country His attempts to serve are met with scorn and drastic measures, exemplifying that the divisions between the northern and southern states remain strong The US Government chose to begin its westward expansion in this third novel, faced with the daunting task of settling the west and taming the Indian population Meanwhile, some of the scheming characters who were banished from their homes in parts of Book One and Two return to claim land or status within the family Heaven and Hell is not without its dramatic nature and Jakes keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as he pushes the story along By the end, the story comes full circle, with some strong editorial commentary from the perspective of life at the US Centennial A classic piece of fiction that, if the reader has the time to invest, is well worth the effort Any reader who wants a multi dimensional view of the times, complete with great character development, is sure to be impressed by reading the North and South series Jakes has done a fabulous job in Heaven and Hell to illustrate that the end of the War was not the end of all issues between Americans The Lincoln and Johnson proclamations to end slavery did not become a decision accepted in all household without issue The view of the free man took many a long time to accept and, truth be told, it was only the pressure that people like LBJ brought to the issue a century later that brought equality, in some form or another Jakes also illustrates the birth of the KuKlux Klan from this unrest He readily explains that there were many who simply could not accept equality and chose to exterminate those who thought they could use the end of the War to take up their place in society Jakes even touches on the geographic divisions in the country and how, as he began in Love and War, where someone lived did not necessarily determine their views Northerners were just as likely to be pro slavery but want to hold onto their land as those in the south were anti slavery It was a matter of land than value or views that fuelled the War for many soldiers, which could be an argument for soldiers today as well Creating strong story lines and intricate characters made the final book in the series all the stronger Jakes tied up many of the stories that flow through all three books and does so in a powerful and entertaining way Any reader who takes the time to read and absorb the nuances will find themselves highly entertained for sure A word about the overall series before I end this review Jakes does not try to weave a tale with a historical backdrop simply to entertain He uses history as an impetus to move the story along With a strong cast of characters undergoing numerous plots within the larger story, Jakes permits the reader to see the entire picture, a piece at a time History is not simply what floods the pages of a textbook, but the small things within the battles or the stories within the larger era Jakes takes something as well known as the Civil War and spins it to show all aspects of life in the North and South, not simply the battle for slavery or freedom He also brings in such storylines as Western settlement of the Indians which clashes so strongly with the fight to free the black man not 5 years before and the rise of the Klan to react to the new freedoms the black man earned These types of sub plots act not only to entertain, but also to enrich the larger storyline for the reader Kudos, Mr Jakes on this spectacular piece of work and powerful series It will receive my approval for anyone looking to read a masterful tale that goes beyond two families, friends from the beginning, torn apart by war Great work


  2. says:

    Wanted to like this book, but I hate when characters I ve grown attached to become The Woobie, endlessly beaten down for dramatic effect Charles is not allowed to be happy or content, EVER And really, resurrecting a Big Bad from the dead just to drive the story forward strains the limits of my credulity And I absolutely hate what he did to Cooper, one of my favorite characters from the first two books I suppose a thwarted idealist could possibly become that twisted, but it doesn t make for fun reading Mont Royal is saved in the end by Virgilia of all people but I don t buy that someone as supposedly clever as Ashton could have been that easily defeated The ending seems mostly happy for all concerned, but did Jakes really have to toy with our emotions so much to get us to the happy ending Nice historical background on the Indian wars in the West, and the Reconstruction period in the South.I m giving it three stars for the mostly happy ending and because the author didn t kill EVERYONE I liked.


  3. says:

    It s taken me a long time to read this mammoth trilogy, but I have to say that this last volume was my absolute favourite It was a lot action based and, although the political stuff was still evident, our characters were less involved and so there wasn t reams of chapters focused on that.This book centred on Charles and his fight not only to recover from his version of the war, but also face new challenges in the West With the resurgence of a character thought dead, both the Main s and the Hazards are put through the mill a bit Ashton, despite rising briefly, also shows her true colours once and gets her comeuppance Billy doesn t feature much at all in this one, although Virgilia does return and I liked her storyline a lot Cooper, on the other hand, seems to have completely changed from the last two books and strangely becomes one of the villains of the book.In all, I have really enjoyed the time spent in Jakes America it s not a period od history we are taught in UK schools, so it was interesting to read the backgrounds, the hatreds and the heroes that stood out In a way, some of those hatreds are still dividing America and the world so you could say that maybe nothing has changed But on the other hand, there are people today ready to stand up and fight against it I will definitely track down the other sagas by this author and now want to re watch the TV series.


  4. says:

    This final book in the North and South trilogy was hard for me to finish It started off well enough, but then became the story of Charles and the Indian Wars, with the remaining characters only occasionally making appearances or being heard from There are some Mains and Hazards that seem to have been forgotten for many chapters at a time while we are introduced to countless new characters then we get a journal entry from Madeline or a short chapter with George or Virgilia or Ashton Billy and Brett take off for California and are hardly mentioned at all After about 300 pages I actually looked ahead to the end of the book to decide if I even wanted to finish it I had never done that before The book is full of historical information about westward expansion and reconstruction which I find interesting I just would have liked to have seen of the story of the two families and characters that I came to know so well reading the first 2 books.


  5. says:

    This trilogy is a large pill to swallow usually when you make such commitment to characters, you feel quite involved when it s all over, but i have to admit I felt relieved I had to stay emotionally disconnected because Jakes was dispassionate about killing off characters no one was exempt, and so on one level you had to just say, Really Really and keep reading I skimmed several tragic pages in this one, but a couple of times things just come out of nowhere in one or two sentences Bam For the most part it resolved nicely maybe a little too much focus on the political end of Reconstruction, and less on tying up loose ends What happened to Gus great uncle the Brigadier How about the sleazy lawyer Dills Poor Judith just had to live with Cooper And really, Brett and Scipio didn t even get a line after striking up a friendship during the war and then meeting again at the reunion ten years later All that to say, this series was well written, with engaging characters, and it made me want to finish til the end It did not romanticize the civil War era, but it did bring it to life, the good bad and the ugly.


  6. says:

    The mini series.Description The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families As the Mains South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress Both the nation and the families long standing bond hover on the brink of destruction 13 Heaven and Hell summer 1865 autumn 1865 14 Heaven and Hell autumn 1865 spring 1866 15 Heaven and Hell spring 1866 summer 1866


  7. says:

    For me this final installment of the North and South trilogy was deserving of 3.5 stars but I could t being myself to rate it only 3 stars Some portions were extremely drawn out while others weren t given enough page time I hate the fact that Brett and her husband were not given any time in the meat of the book, only at the beginning and the end.


  8. says:

    I enjoyed reading Jakes works at the time I originally read them, but I would not re read them at this point.


  9. says:

    If you have already read the 1st 2 in this series now is the time to finish it.Very good.


  10. says:

    3.5 The North and South series is one of the last vestiges from my childhood that I m still obsessed with When I was in grade four 2001 , the U.S TV mini series based on this book series showed on TV as a rerun, and I watched it for the first time Over the years I watched it again whenever it appeared on TV Years later, I was finally able to find a box set of the DVDs, which I then watched over and over again In 2014, I finally picked up the first book in the series, North and South, and I loved it In 2016, I picked up the second book, Love and War, which I only passively enjoyed I put off reading this final instalment, Heaven and Hell, until this year It may sound cheesy, but reading this book really felt like polishing off a chapter in my life I was nine the first time I was introduced to this series, and now I m 27 I m married, I have a kid Everything has changed for me, but this book series like all books is the same as it always was My confession I never watched the last instalment of the TV mini series Heaven and Hell , because a death that occurs at the end of the second part Love and War turned me off from finishing the series So, I never knew how the series ended, and therefore didn t know the plot of this book I don t regret skipping this part of the TV show, but the plot of the book didn t jump the shark as badly as I thought it would In all, it was an enjoyable, dramatic and well written book My main complaint with it is that, due to the plot s direction throughout the series, this book focuses on characters I don t care about as much, and steers away from those I most enjoyed have the most nostalgia about.Yes, the book is the same as it always was, but I guess my connection to it isn t as strong as it was when I was nine years old.


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