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Posted September 4, 2013
This book takes a look at the history you don't find in the modern classroom. It focuses on those marginal characters, the ones not spoken about in history books but in vague and amorphous ways, because they are between the fences per-say. Like the Quakers during the Revolutionary war had a hard time of it to say things lightly. Their religious beliefs did not allow the to take park in armed warfare. If they choose a side any side they would be read out of the church. Kate and her family are caught between the warring factions hated by both sides taken advantaged by both sides. Their home quartering Loyalist troops at gun point. Her younger brother run off to join the rebels. Both her father and brother read out of the church. Their house burned, they are threatened by both sides constantly as Kate wanders between her father and her brother, just trying to keep the family together and alive. Her father leaves to attempt to salvage his business leaving Kate in the cesspool of the burned aftermath of New York. Her brothers capture allows the writer to express the contemptible circumstances of prisoners of war, and the personal devastation of the individual because of the war. Two things that stand out, are the chapter headlines, which have taken a lot of consideration by me personally. I love how they elude to what is happening in the chapter, even though your personal predictions never match the events until you look back at the chapter... Kinda like history, you never get to the point until its all said and done. The second consideration is who 355 is, the historical adoration known only in history as the lady. I love the thought of trying to find who she was and what she meant to history, and the people who made it... All the better for the book...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2013
Historically accurate story of a female spy for the American cause. Later caught and hung by the British general Clinton, spy #355, is a believable, sympathetic character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2012
Lucia St Clair Robson has written an excellent novel of the American
Revolution, Shadow Patriots. It's filled with wonderful,
well-researched history, some love stories and intrigue. Shadow
Patriots is about the spy network set up by George Washington. The
insight she shows about the interaction between the two combatant groups
is eye-opening. For example, I had not thought about the fact that the
people of the revolution and the British lived together in the towns and
cities. Ms. Robson also describes the circumstances for both sides in
vivid detail. ““The general and I will be billeting here should we
find the house suitable.” Andre looked over Kate’s shoulder, taking in
the walls laid in yellow milk paint, the plaster ceiling with its
frescoes of fruit and flowers, the large paintings of landscapes in
heavy guilt frames, the broad marble stairs. “I venture to say the
general will find the accommodations quite to his liking.” He winked
at her. Kate feared that between Captain Andre’s charm and General
Grey’s menace she would swoon and fill the spot that Lizzie had warmed
on the floor.” The novel deals with the politics and clashes
between the two warring groups. The depiction of the way they had to
live, the conditions in the jails and the food and clothing that they
had to contend with is so well done that you will be glad you were not
there, but you will be transported to the time and place in your mind’s
eye. Siblings, Kate and Seth Darby are caught up in the fight for
independence in spite of their Quaker upbringing. They become
“intelligencers” or spies for the Americans, but both have conflicting
loyalties to specific individuals from both sides. The interesting side
story is the use of a woman as a spy in a time when women were not
expected to understand the intricacies of war. The intrigue and danger
were real and Ms. Robson tells it in all its pathos. Kate and Seth meet
and marry their respective spouses during the conflict and intrigue.
The romances are a strategy used to tell the story of a fascinating part
of the American Revolution. Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in
Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has
been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela, a teacher in New York City,
and a librarian in Annapolis, Maryland. She has also lived in Japan,
South Carolina, and Arizona. She now resides near Annapolis, Maryland.
She is the author of Ride the Wind, which made the New York Times best
sellers list. It also won the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur
Award for Best Historical Novel of the year and was included in the top
100 westerns of the 20th century. Several of her other historical
novels have won top awards.
Posted August 29, 2010
This book gave a detailed insight to life during the Revolutionary War. It wasn't full of violence or war scenes, but concentrated on the suffering that went on behind enemy lines, and the split of families and questionable loyalties of those who lived in American cities. It was a worthwhile read for the historical aspect, but I admit I wasn't completely drawn into the characters. The relationship between the main character and her brother was more moving than the relationship between her and her husband - therefore, this is not a romantic read. The ending was a bit too abrupt, and I felt her involvement with the war effort seemed shallow, but again, it was still a worthwhile read and a page turner with its plot twists.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2005
Lucia Robson brings the American Revolution alive with Shadow Patriots. I have always loved the Revolution having been born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Shadow Patriots immerses the reader into the sights, sounds, and smells of America at the time of the Revolution. Shadow Patriots is a spy novel based on real life occurences with plenty of suspense. The book is alive with the characters' thoughts, feelings, and expectations. This is a page-turner that you will not want to put down until you are finished.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2012
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