A stand-alone battle book, set this time in the 18th century in the rebellious colony of Massachusetts.
This new novel takes place during the very early days of the rebellion, or the War of Independence, before Washington and before the organization of a colonial army.
A small British fleet with a few soldiers on board had sailed in to be met, to their surprise, with an overwhelming strength of local militia.
Bernard Cornwell tells the story of those on both sides of the conflict , based largely on real figures, including of course Paul Revere (famous from a much later poem), and features the issues that appeared here and then throughout the whole war.
The success of Azincourt all over the world was such that there will be a very warm welcome for a new single battle book from the master storyteller.
©2010 Patricia Cornwell; ©2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Very mixed reviews on this book both here and on Amazon. In short, if you want a "Sharp"style Story this book is not for you. If you love history this is yet another brilliantly researched and superbly written novel that brings real historical figures to life. No it is not action packed but I was never bored listening to it. Bernard Cornwell rights about real history and this is a very different kind of story, he is not going to change it to make it more exciting for the average reader. We get enough of that from Hollywood and it is for this reason why I believe Bernard Cornwell remains so successful. This book has left me wanting to know more about the War of Independence and I really hope he writes more - but then we want him to finish Starbuck and are there some more Sharp stories?................Excellent narration on this recording too.
I have enjoyed many of Bernard Cornwell's books including the Sharpe series and Starbuck series. This book has very little of the action and fighting that we have come to expect.There is basically 10 hours of stalemate. I expected a great final battle at the end but this book just fizzled out. Having finished the book I wondered why Bernard Cornwell and I even bothered with this offering.
Set in the 18th century in the middle of the American war of Independance. This book tells a classic Bernard Cornwell tale of great imagination mixed with his unnerving ability to make actual history come to life. A small british force of sailors and royal marines are instructed to occupy and hold a small fort. In what seems a hopeless task when they come up against an overwhelming force of rebels.There are many side stories in this book but none of more interest than that of Paul Reveer. the Hero of the Boston night ride comes to life with some unexpected endings.
Not very good, really boring
not as good as previous books. could be better
WOW this was a very good insight into the working life of americans during the American War of Independence. I enjoyed the picture that depicted how the English/Scottish soldiers interacted with the local residents and how they directed their fighting in this particular war. It was refreshing as it did not portray any particular side as villanous.
"Not Sharpe, but absorbing"
I enjoyed this story of an event during the American War of Independence. It tells of the British setting up a fort at Magdabigwajuce on the Penobscot River, and the attack on the fort, in the early stages of its construction, by the Americans. Cornwell has drawn the characters of the protagonists well, and has described how each considered the situation and responded. The British forces were trained professional soldiers and sailors, although many lacked fighting experience, and the Americans were largely pressed men, with a few trained Marines, but they were fighting for their liberty. The American officers were, in general, extremely cautious, not wanting to squander their slim resources and always looking for a certain victory, and this led to interesting conflict between them. The Americans had arrived with many ships, and the British over-estimated the actual number of men and their firepower. Both sides were hoping for the arrival of reinforcements.
From the way Cornwell set up the various battles between the Americans and the British, I could not predict which side would win, and this feeling that victory could go to either side continued right up to the end of the book. Even when reinforcements did arrive Cornwell did not tell us immediately which side they were on, and he continued to set up situations in which the reinforcements could be dealt a damaging blow.
The narration, by Robin Bowerman, was good, with each character having a distinctive voice.
"Bernard brings blasts, boats and bedlam"
Bernard Cornwell fans will not be disappointed. Yet again he makes history interesting and his description of landscapes and battles will make your mind's eye gape as much as look away in terror.
It's not ideal for the car, needs quite a lot of concentration. I like to back track to work out the complex mesh of characters. But if you are not a slave for detail like me, then don't worry about it.
All in all a great listen
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