The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War
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The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

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by Bernard Cornwell
     
 

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“The most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today.” —Wall Street Journal

“Readers who haven’t discovered Bernard Cornwell don’t know what they are missing.” —New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn

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“The most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today.” —Wall Street Journal

“Readers who haven’t discovered Bernard Cornwell don’t know what they are missing.” —New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn

From the New York Times bestselling author of Agincourt, the Saxon Tales, and the beloved Richard Sharpe series, Bernard Cornwell’s The Fort plunges prow-first into the largest naval clash of the Revolutionary War. Fans of the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles and The Burning Landwill thrill to Cornwell’s triumphant return to American historical fiction in this gripping story of courage, strength and patriotism.

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Publishers Weekly
In a slight departure from his usual sword and musket epics, Cornwell (Agincourt) delivers a straightforward fictionalized account of a disastrous 1779 American military campaign in today's Maine (then Massachusetts) that's heavy on historical figures and tense battle scenes. After the British establish a fort on the Penobscot River, the Massachusetts patriots mount an expedition to oust the redcoats. Unfortunately, the campaign is poorly planned and ineptly executed, pitting an ill-trained and undisciplined force against experienced British soldiers and the Royal Navy. The commander of the American land force is Gen. Solomon Lovell, a useless and dithering Boston politician, and the American navy is led by Cmdr. Dudley Saltonstall, an obstinate officer who refuses to risk his ships. Then there's Paul Revere, artillery commander and shameful yellow belly. In fact, the only American officer with any spirit for a fight is a former schoolteacher, Gen. Peleg Wadsworth. This is a rousing yarn of clashing personalities, crashing cannons, and lively musket and bayonet work, along with spies, cowardice, and moments of incredible bravery. Cornwell presents a fascinating, accurate, and exciting history lesson enlivened with a generous blast of gun smoke and grapeshot. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062010872
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
268,240
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne, and which serves as the basis for the BBC America series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this isn't a review of the book, but as I can't *view* the book I thought other people might want an additional warning. Don't buy this if you don't have a NOOKcolor. You can't view or download it on any other device, including Nook apps for PC/Mac. It wasn't very clear when I bought it. I'm sure I'll enjoy it if/when it ever becomes available for other devices.
Ausonius More than 1 year ago
My impression is that prolific novelist Bernard Cornwell wrote THE FORT: A NOVEL OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR to do two things: -- tarnish the popular image of the American hero Paul Revere and -- imagine the early wartime experience of an 18-year old Scotsman who later became one of Great Britain's famous "fighting generals": Lieutenant General Sir John Moore (1761 - 1809). The time was July 1789. The place was Penobscot Bay, Massachusetts (now Maine), 26 nautical miles from the sea at the tiny settlement called Majabigwaduce. After a 13 day sail from Halifax in Nova Scotia, a British force of six ships and 700 fighting Scotsmen of His Majesty's and the Duke of Hamilton's 82nd Regiment of Foot along with the 74th Highlanders as well, landed to build a fort and establish a new Loyalist colony of New Ireland. They were commanded by Brigadier General Francis McLean, concurrently Governor of Halifax. ***** We meet England's future hero, Lieutenant John Moore, paymaster of the 82nd Regiment, watching a sergeant and six men setting up a post on high ground to keep an eye on Penobscot Bay. Moore is boyish, excited, romantic, a doctor's son from Glasgow. He cannot wait to repel the rebels soon expected to land and swarm up a steep bluff. Moore is a crack shot, able to load and fire five bullets a minute from his musket. Most soldiers can get off two shots, a few three. ***** Brigadier McLean surveys the coming scene of battle and invites his junior officers to imagine how the American rebels will attack. Lieutenant Moore, meanwhile has time to fall in love with beautiful young (fictional) Bethany Fletcher, whose brother James becomes a spy for the Americans. The Americans sail in and their soldiers storm the bluff held by Moore and a handful of men, who are forced to retreat. Later, repelling a larger attack led by Continental marines, Lieutenant Moore almost by sheer luck fires a fatal pistol ball at the American Major leading the attack on not yet completed British Fort George. In one sense, the core of THE FORT is the coming of age under fire of a future fighting general of Britain. *** From a larger perspective, the Americans throw away opportunities to capture Fort George and sink or capture the six British ships opposing them. In later years, the government of Massachusetts would fix the blame on the Continental Commodore commanding the fleet, exonerating the state Militia General commanding the ground forces. This whitewashing, author Cornwell argues, saved the reputation of Paul Revere, Militia Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the American land artillery. Revere was court-martialed for disobedience and cowardice under fire, but let off in the general whitewashing of the land forces. ***** Improbably, the British held out long enough for a large fleet to sail up from New York, rescue the Scots and annihilate the largest American fleet assembled at any time in the Revolutionary War. The Penobscot Expedition ended in the greatest disaster to American arms before Pearl Harbor in 1941. ***** Bernard Cornwell has rescued from obscurity an American military and naval fiasco that its participants and succeeding generations preferred to forget. His characters, real and imagined, are flesh and blood, three dimensional. The British/Scots come across as kindly, tolerant, professional. The Americans are a mixed bag. Most of the militia men are conscripts. Their leaders leave much to be desired. -OOO-
TechnoGnome More than 1 year ago
I read a LOT, and Cornwall stacks up with the best. "The Fort" presents a challenge by the number of characters that are developed, but the job is done well. The subject matter is a little known battle from the American Revolution and Cornwall is masterful in his historical accuracy. If you like historical subjects, this is for you..
CBH More than 1 year ago
The little known story depicted in this book took place in the territory of Massachusetts, now Maine. It is a frustrating story of a several month battle between British and American troops in 1779 in an area called Majabigwaduce that was surrounded by a Harbor and a river of the same name and Penobscot Bay. The area contained many British warships, even more American ships of various types, some government ships, and some privateers that had gotten their ships mostly by pirating. Some of the American military were naval men, some marines, some conscripted from Boston or other areas nearby, and some civilians from the area. The Americans were "led" by several generals that were in constant bickering against each other whether on land or sea, seemingly never to agree for any length of time to get something accomplished. The British were led quite well by their officers on land and sea. This story is historical fiction but fiction only for several characters thrown in to make understanding easier but the battles and actions were true and gives one a sense of why this battle didn't go better for the Americans. They had superior amounts of men and ships but too many differences of opinions as to how and when a battle should start. They bickered about positioning of ships, men, where and when to move them, and how strong their tactics should be. One of the officers that caused much trouble was Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Revere who most of us know of through the "midnight ride of Paul Revere" to warn the area that "the British were coming" in his earlier years. It seems that Revere wasn't such a hero and he never did complete his famous ride, only starting it with others continuing to spread the word. In this particular action he was the artillery officer but always balked when he was ordered to move his artillery where his superiors wanted it. He seemed to be disruptive about most all he did, or didn't do. The British started building Fort George in the area but it was slow going. The American forces and the British forces would lob all types of weapons at each other, some from rifles, some from cannons or other artillery. They moved the large guns from ship to shore and back again as ordered and depending on which general was giving instructions. Rains would present huge logistic problems in the mud for weapons and men. Fog was present most days, and that along with the smoke from exploding shells, balls, and ammunition of many kinds, made visibility poor almost all the time. The descriptions of battle are very vivid telling how humans can be torn apart by other humans. Some from the small villages took sides with one or the other nations even to the point that they had signed an agreement of loyalty with the British (who had controlled the ground areas) even if they were neutral or favored the Americans. The descriptions of what actually occurred every day was so frustrating to me as the reader. I could see how the Americans could have won the battle if they had struck strong and early, saving lives and possibly taking control of the area. Dissention reigned partly because of self-esteem, not respecting each other, or, as in Reveres case, wanting to do his own thing in his own time, but usually not wanting to do anything! I will not mention all the military and non-military men and their leaders so as not to confuse you. The author keeps the story clear with his great style of writing. I can only tell you t
TruffleAK More than 1 year ago
The story is a good one, set in the Revolutionary War period. It is about the British establishing a fort in what is now Maine, but was then Massachusetts. We try to kick them out, but due to inept leadership the effort failed. I also thought that there should have been an epilog chapter to transition from the climax to the story. It reminded me of when students write papers and they hit the word limit and quit. Other than the ending being a bit abrupt, it was a good diversion.
Jamal Fakhoury More than 1 year ago
A fabulous piece of researched history. What a wonderful job of portraying events and character personalities. Mr Cromwell portrays the scenes in such excellent style, that it is as if you are there and living the expereince. Wonderful job. Highly recommend this historical gem of the United States early years
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would make a great Russel Crowe movie, but it contains a lot of technical nautical terms that show the authors knowledge in that matter and I believe it somewhat detracts from the plot.All in all, I did enjoy the read.
Nookhooked556 More than 1 year ago
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Pretty well developed characters and good historical fiction overall
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I just finished this...my first Cornwell book. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to reading other Cornwell novels now.
OldWahoo More than 1 year ago
Not one of Cornwell's best but an interesting account of an obscure campaign from the Revolution. Picked up the hardback from the bargain bin of my local B&N .
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Coltman More than 1 year ago
Having read several of Cornwell's books I thought this one went a little slow. It was a good read though and I would recommend it.
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dsw3131 More than 1 year ago
As a proud American and fan of military history, I found this to be a very entertaining book. This was my first Bernard Cornwell book, but I will be reading many more of his novels. He is a gifted writer. I love this book because it educated me on a campaign of the Revolutionary War that I had never heard about. I grew up reading all the heroic tales of the rebels fighting for freedom, but I love to read books that show both sides of a fight and to learn from the defeats we suffered. I also had no idea about Paul Revere being brought up on charges following this campaign. I didn't even know he fought in battles. The author may have been a bit harsh on Revere, but everyone is human and it is very interesting to me to see people's mistakes and faults...even America's "heroes". I thought this book was great.
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