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Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution

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Rise to Rebellion

I am a high school teacher, and I can say that Rise to Rebellion is among the best and most thorough and captivating history novels I have read. It conveys the events leading up to 1776 through the eyes of the major historical figures of the time -- Franklin, Washingto...
I am a high school teacher, and I can say that Rise to Rebellion is among the best and most thorough and captivating history novels I have read. It conveys the events leading up to 1776 through the eyes of the major historical figures of the time -- Franklin, Washington, Gage, Howe, Adams (both of them), King George, and so on. It's historical accuracy is accutely maintaned as the author successfully transports the reader into the social and political dynamics of the period. It will enable students and non-students alike to truly get to know the key figures in American history. A quick read, despite the nearly 500 pages.

posted by Anonymous on August 26, 2001

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable read as always.

I have to admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Jeff's novels, including his most recent title "Rise to Rebellion", though it was a much slower read than his previous three. As a writer of historical fiction myself, I can empathize with the difficulty in staying t...
I have to admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Jeff's novels, including his most recent title "Rise to Rebellion", though it was a much slower read than his previous three. As a writer of historical fiction myself, I can empathize with the difficulty in staying true to history in your novel, while trying to tie it all together into a coherent, entertaining book. Not an easy task. "Rise to Rebellion" may not be his best work, but I still feel better off for having taken the time to read it and as always, eagerly await his next installment.

posted by Anonymous on September 14, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    a rather disappointing novel

    The author¿s previous works have been masterpieces in the arena of fictional history. However, this book sadly falls short of the earlier books. Unlike the author¿s Civil War novels, Rise to Rebellion does not focus on a single monumental event. Rather, it attempts to retell the beginnings of the American Revolution in 500 pages. The main problem that I had in reading this was that it simply rehashed previous historians work on the subject and failed to bring any new relevant ideas to the table. The book being so vast also caused the characters to lack the development that Shaara¿s previous books had. The founding fathers in this novel are not as fully developed as those in his Civil War novels. The only thing worse than this book will be its sequel unless Shaara can recapture his former magic.

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