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The Glorious Cause, second in an ambitious and thoroughly terrific two-volume series that began with Rise to Rebellion, is the archetype of great historical fiction: smart, profound, moving, and above everything else, edge-of-your-seat entertaining.
In this powerful work, Shaara has discovered the perfect blend of fact and fiction, with a well-paced narration, intimate portraits of historical figures, and an almost subliminal use of historical detail. From the August 1776 landing of the British and Hessians at Gravesend Bay, New York, to the harrowing Battle of Trenton and the British defeat at Yorktown, Shaara takes the historical novel to new levels of vibrancy and intimacy. Legendary figures like George Washington, Nathaniel Greene, Benjamin Franklin, Benedict Arnold, Nathan Hale, and Charles Cornwallis are seen as men with strengths, weaknesses, egos, and fervor -- brilliant leaders who make mistakes, tell jokes, and long for their loves. There is a compelling realness to Shaara's dialogue and an authenticity in the relationships he depicts between his subjects and the men who serve and die under their command.
"It is regrettably easy for us to take for granted the freedoms we live under without considering who paid the price to secure them," Shaara writes in his preface to the reader. "That is only one reason among many that these extraordinary people must be remembered. That is, after all, the purpose of this story." Jeff Shaara has achieved his goal with a novel that is intense and memorable. But above all else it is a rousing tribute -- not only to the leaders on both sides of the American revolution but to the common man whose life, blood, and passion have been forgotten by time. Stephen Bloom