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Victory at Yorktown: A Novel | [Newt Gingrich, William R. Fortschen]

Victory at Yorktown: A Novel

New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues - in a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause. It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. But at last, two crucial reports reach Washington....
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New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues - in a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause.

It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. At last, two crucial reports reach Washington. The first is that the French have briefly committed a fleet to the American coast. The second is that British General Cornwallis, driven to distraction by protracted warfare in the Carolinas, has withdrawn into Yorktown. Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history. He will force-march nearly his entire army south more than 300 miles, in complete secrecy, counting on a blockade of the Chesapeake Bay by the French navy, fall upon Cornwallis, and capture his entire force. It is a campaign ladened with "ifs" but the stalemate must be broken, otherwise America, after six long years of war, will crumble.

Sgt. Peter Wellsley must pave the way for the army, neutralizing any loyalists who might provide warning. On the other side, Allen Van Dorn receives reports from civilians that something is afoot and is tasked to find out what. As Wellsley moves to block any leaks, Van Dorn tries to penetrate the screen. When one of the former friends is captured, both must decide where their true loyalties lie during the heat of the Battle of Yorktown, as Washington’s professional army, once a "rabble in arms", executes the war’s most decisive contest.

©2012 Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    What made the experience of listening to Victory at Yorktown the most enjoyable?

    It was an interesting aspect of history


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointing -- I would have liked more discussion of the negotiation process and results.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    I found this disappointing for a few reasons:
    1) I've enjoyed the authors' "Active History" books (Civil War and WW II) and thought this was one. It's not so it initially looked like a history book with fictional interactions (like "Killer Angels"). However, the authors spent so much time on the stories of Peter and Alan that it ultimately seemed more like a historical fiction book. I enjoy that, but not what I was expecting.

    2) The authors spent way too much time on the fictitious characters and too little time on other things -- the actual battle at Yorktown.

    3) Most of the characters seemed stereotyped and they all have the same thought processes

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 11-03-14
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A tremendously accurate saga"

    A campaign I have studied closely & participated at in Revolutionary War re-enactments. Wee researched & delivered.

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