I am a huge Cornwell fan. I have read every book he's written and the Sharpe's books at least twice. The man can make soap bubbles sound exciting; but not this time. The numerous characters took a long time to develop and then the lead characters didn't do very much in the book. He created some likeable characters but didn't really test them or put them under the gun. I love history so I didn't mind the trivial side notes and the historical detail but this info didn't add much to the story. Usually Cornwell takes the historical detail and weaves it into the story in a way that allows the reader to "feel" the history and it is done so artfully that it enhances the story and puts the reader in the middle of the action. Instead this book felt disjointed and the characters and events somewhat random and disconnected. Sometimes the side notes were interesting, like the dialogue where the militia has to eat crow and request help from the continental regulars but there was no follow up in the story where this information comes back as part of the story. I wanted to know what happened and how the event affected the outcome but the author never explained. The book takes a long time to break into action and the tone of the book at first seems rather light and the characters somewhat comical, then boom the battle starts and body parts start flying. I was somewhat startled by the transition. One of the things that I enjoy from this author is the anticipation of the action. Usually as the characters are developed in a Cornwell book they are placed in increasingly tense situations and conflict until the whole story starts to race downhill. By the time the reader is thrust into the battle sequences the story is at a full gallop and the reader is right in the middle of the action. Not this time. The reader was also very weak. I will pretend that Cornwell's evil twin wrote this one and will wait with unbridled anticipation for the next Cornwell novel.
Nonfiction with the skill of a novelist. Takes you there and hooks you from the beginning. I couldnt stop listening. Covers every angle of this tragic mystery but in an enlightening, never dull manner that makes you feel like you're there. Officer Claxton died a hero, almost certainly preventing what could have been a devastating act of domestic terrorism the likes of which this country has never seen. Perfect narration. Right up there with Columbine as one of the best true-crime non-fictions Ive ever read
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