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Cape Cod

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2010

    wonderful historical fiction

    loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Enjoyable Saga

    The fictional device of a centuries-long conflict between two families is nothing new, but William Martin brings great fun to the concept. The book traces the history of the upright (but oft unscrupulous) Bigelows and the scrappy Hilyards, from their landing on the Mayflower to the present time. At the heart of the story is the conflict between the 'progress' of development on Cape Cod and the importance of preserving its natural beauty. A rousing and readable tale that moves back and forth from history to the present, this is never a dull book.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

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    Why is William Martin not a bigger name in the book world? I fo

    Why is William Martin not a bigger name in the book world?

    I found Cape Cod at a library sale and picked it up for almost nothing, which turned out to be an even bigger bargain than I expected. This is a "wow" story. Starting with the docking of the Mayflower and running through to the mid Eighties, Cape Cod follows the line of two families already divided by thought and principles as they waited to be able to land and then as they settled to raise generations of new Americans.

    The story is told intricately and thoroughly with many, many very real characters and real events mixed into the fiction well enough it would be easy to believe every bit of the story actually happened. It is easy to get lost in so many characters, but the genealogy line at the beginning can help that (if you remember it's there). It's a long epic read, but very well worth the time.

    I highly recommend it to all Americans and to anyone who wants to better understand America's beginnings. History does, indeed, repeat itself and echo from its past.

    from page 317:

    But James Otis carried the day, beginning straight after dinner and concluding at six o'clock by the chime of the Old South bell. From exordium to peroration, his voice never faltered, the stentorian strength of it seeming to carry all the way to Cape Cod.

    He began by proclaiming, "I am determined, to my DYING DAY, to oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand and villainy on the other as this Writ of Assistance is."

    He concluded with the audience wrapt in silence. "Let the consequences be what they will, I am determined to proceed and to the call of my country am ready to sacrifice estate, health, ease, applause, and even life. The patriot and hero will do ever thus. And if brought to the trial, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth."

    The Writs of Assistance gave England the right to search and seize the colonists' property with no warrant as part of a crackdown on trade regulations.

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