A Novel of the Revolutionary War
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While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots—the only British troops between Canada and New York—harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists.
In response, Massachusetts sends a fleet of more than forty vessels and some one thousand infantrymen to “captivate, kill or destroy” the foreign invaders. Second in command is Peleg Wadsworth, a veteran of the battles at Lexington and Long Island, once aide to General Washington, and a man who sees clearly what must be done to expel the invaders.
But ineptitude and irresolution lead to a mortifying defeat—and have stunning repercussions for two men on opposite sides: an untested eighteen-year-old Scottish lieutenant named John Moore, who will begin an illustrious military career; and a Boston silversmith and patriot named Paul Revere, who will face court-martial for disobedience and cowardice.
Grounded firmly in history, inimitably told in Cornwell's thrilling narrative style, The Fort is the extraordinary novel of this fascinating clash between a superpower and a nation in the making.
Publishers Weekly Review
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KIm not usually a fan of American history, though I live in Virginia where much of it was made. When a saw a new book by Bernard Cornwell I picked it up without really knowing what I was going to be reading, but I was fantastic! He shares so many historical facts with a great fictional story to make it fun to read,and the whole ,y through my only complaint was that iBooks makes it so difficult to skip to the end to read the historical notes... By page 100 my curiosity about Paul Revere's history was incredibly piqued, and I'm glad I just finished and got to learn what the truth is!
As usual...outstanding! Cornwell is a master!
Good, not great
A quality book as would be expected from Cornwell. A little light on the action but nonetheless an interesting read.