The Rifleman

Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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A gripping, fact-based story of how Daniel Morgan and his courageous riflemen played a crucial role in George Washington's victory in the American Revolution.

They wore hunting shirts, deer-skin leggins and moccasins. Each had a tomahawk and a scalping knife in their belts and carried "long rifles" in their hands. Every rifleman was a Patriot volunteer, a tracker, and a hunter. And they could kill a redcoat from 250 yards. 

"This is a war story. It's about real people and events before, during, and after the American Revolution. The central characters in this work - Daniel Morgan, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Charles Mynn Thruston, and Generals Arnold, Knox, Lafayette, Greene, Lee, Gates, and a host of others-actually did the deeds at the places and times described herein. So too did their accurately named foreign and native adversaries. Though this is a work of fiction, readers may be surprised to discover the American Revolution was also one of the most 'un-civil' of civil wars.

"If Daniel Morgan were alive today, he would be my near neighbor in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley. It was while visiting a nearby gristmill that Morgan and Nathaniel Burwell, a fellow Revolutionary War hero, built in the late 1700s [now restored and operated by the Clarke County Historical Association], I became fascinated by this unsung national hero. 

"As many readers already know, I'm grateful to have spent my entire life in the company of real American heroes. I'm looking forward to spending eternity in the company of my personal American heroes-the Riflemen you will meet in this book." (Oliver North, from the Preface)

©2019 Oliver North (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Impressive

This is my first experience reading a book by Oliver North. The book is a historical novel. It is a story about the Revolutionary War. I recognized many of the heroes of the war such as George Washington, Daniel Morgan and General Arnold Knox. Our protagonist is Nathaniel Newman. The story ranges over the East Coast from Pennsylvania and Virginia to the New England States.

The book is well written and researched. There is action and lots excitement. It was hard to put the book down. Also, included in the story is a good dose of history. I am impressed with the writing skills of North and recommend this book.

The book is nine hours and nine minutes. Pater Bradbury and Jonathan Todd Ross do a good job narrating the book. Bradbury is an actor and audiobook narrator and Ross is a voice actor and audiobook narrator.

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Just awful. It will not get better.

Bland. Extremely poorly told story. The author was much more concerned with intricately detailing mundane detail after mundane detail about inane tasks than he was actually working on any semblance of character development. Let me be clear. I absolutely hated this book.

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Love it

I really enjoyed the story and found it wet interesting. If you enjoy a history with a fictional twist this story is for you.
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A good Patriot book

This book is very well written and even more enjoyable to listen too. I found it entertaining and extremely educational. Only complaint is a lot of information is repeated numerous times. I recommend you give it a listen

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the rifleman

I enjoyed this book emensly. but other than that he married Marie, what happened to Nathaniel the stories main character?

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Worth the credit - Good history

Worth the credit - Good history. It's a little slow in places but really quite good.

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Meh, Not What I Expected

The religiosity in this book was a bit much. I was expecting something different from Lieutenant Colonel North, USMC Ret.

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Was honestly hoping for more.

Not a bad book, but threw out the whole book, i was hoping for more and sadly kept finding myself daydreaming about other things going on in my life.