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His counterpart in fame on the British side is Lieutenant John Moore, who will later become a General whose death in Spain fighting Napoleon will be recorded by the poet Charles Wolfe and by Cornwell in his Richard Sharpe series. It is the nature of this particular battle, unfortunately, that it is attended with unimportant political issues, petty rivalries, and unproductive councils of war. And the battle itself is so obscure that one wonders why Cornwell was drawn to the subject matter.

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But given his prolific and honorable career, no one can fault him for writing about a forgotten piece of history that interests him deeply. The Book Report Network. Skip to main content. Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds on October 1, All Rights Reserved. So no, I'm not surprised. The British government played into the rebel's hands with their stupidity, and the rebels had the inestimable advantage of being able to surrender vast amounts of territory and survive, while the British never had the forces to control that large territory.

In , when the novel is set, New England is virtually independent already--there are no British forces in Massachusetts which has its own judiciary, legislature, and administration. Q: While you have written several stand-alone thrillers, most of your fiction centers on war.

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What draws you to write military fiction? What is the most fascinating aspect of battle for you? Cornwell: Warfare offer something unique; a loosening of the moral laws that govern our lives. Men and women are released to do things we abhor in peaceful times, and what interests me is how they react. Some react very badly, others attempt to hold onto their humanity through the horror. In The Fort there are no monsters, no horrors, but men struggling to understand what is happening to them.

The hero, Peleg Wadsworth, second in command of the American army, emerges as a real hero! A man of moral substance and great strength. That intrigues me, that he can survive the loosening of moral bonds and emerge more resolute. In the summer of , as the major fighting of the Revolutionary War moves to the South, a British force consisting of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry and backed by three sloops-of-war sails to the fogbound coast of New England.

Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts, the Scots harry rebel privateers and shelter American loyalists. But ineptitude and irresolution lead to a mortifying defeat that will have stunning repercussions for two men on opposite sides of the conflict: an untested young Scottish lieutenant named John Moore, at the beginning of an illustrious military career.

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The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

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This new novel takes place during the very early days of the rebellion, or the War of Independence, in 18th century Massachusetts before Washington and before the organization of a colonial army. Seller Inventory AAS Seller Inventory BTE Book Description Paperback.

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Synopsis About this title From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell—one of the greatest yet little-known skirmishes of the Revolution: the Penobscot Expedition, a battle that would reveal the true character of a legendary Revolutionary hero. Review : Product Description While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of , 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.

From the Back Cover : In the summer of , as the major fighting of the Revolutionary War moves to the South, a British force consisting of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry and backed by three sloops-of-war sails to the fogbound coast of New England.

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