Salient historical excerpts punctuate this lightly fictionalized narrative of an historic event in the American Revolution of which I, an American, had never heard. Few, if any, of the named characters were fictional, and at least one historical national hero stands to have his image tarnished a bit from this account. the story begs a sequel, especially the exciting events in store for one major character, according to his biography. My only real complaint would be that the vocal narrator may have mispronounced some military terms - in particular, "ensign", which he reads to rhyme with alpine. I like, on the other hand, the use of a British actor attempting New England accents to approximate where the relatively new American accent stood during the time period.
An esteemed author journeyed into 18th century America, from great tales in England's middle ages.... I'll say his research into commands to soldiers of the line was mostly accurate... but his approach to historical fiction in the Western Hemisphere will loose him atleast one reader who "used to" follow his works...... sure to fit a UK audience.
Informative, entertaining, and riveting.
This was a different approach for Mr. Cornwell, usually he creates a true antagonist for his books. In the Fort plot and character development was more comparable to Michael Shaara or David McCullough. I could not loathe the antagonists.
Nice sounding voice, imaginative accents.
I listened to this book for hours at a time.
If you like Mr. Cornwell's books you will find it different from many of his other works but before this book I knew very little of this campaign. I had trouble putting it down.
No. I have gotten all I intended to get from it.
It helped me learn about a little known event in American history through the medium of an entertaining story.
The discussion between Generals MacLean and Wadsworth. MacLean was my favorite character. Saltonstall and Revere were wonderful villains.
Whooops! or Uh-oh!
As a southerner, I am used to stories in which my side looses. Here, the author did a good job of gaining sympathy for both sides. The Wikipedia account of the engagement shows Cornwell did not overemphasize the superiority of the British leadership. This was a very different Cornwell book, but well worth the listen.
I'm not sure if Bernard Cornwell continues to write books, but if he wrote or just produced this one it is a mystery to me what he accomplished. The same militias that fought at Bunker Hill and expelled the Red Coats from Boston turned tail and ran and the same navy that was the scourge of the Royal Navy burned itself up. And, the man who reportedly warned that "The British are comming!" is exposed for a turncoat. Perhaps in his next book King George masterminds the defeat of the Americans and the French and takes up residence at Versailles.