Savannah, Georgia antiques store owner Matt Hawkins discovers a two-hundred-year-old journal containing a stunning accusation. The journal claims that America's most revered hero, George Washington, wrote a secret surrender letter to the British during the Revolutionary War-a seditious act that would have ended America's fight for independence.
Meanwhile, the present-day race for president of the United States is a dead heat. The Republican nominee, a direct descendant of Washington's family, has shamelessly exploited his ties to the Founding Father-a strategy that has worked brilliantly to eliminate a once wide gap in the polls.
As the past collides with the present, Hawkins and lovely historian Sarah Gordon are determined to unearth the truth about the journal's remarkable claim. But they must avoid a shadowy adversary who has a billion dollars riding on the election's outcome-and who will stop at nothing to ensure that Washington's surrender letter remains a secret.
Ted Richardson's debut novel can perhaps best be described as historical fiction wrapped inside a modern-day mystery. Richardson ingeniously blends actual historical events with innovative mystery to create a fast-moving, well-plotted tale of suspense.
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I am a history lover especially the history of how our great country got its start. Washington is be one of the main characters in this history. While I know the book was fiction, I could see how Washington might have been in turmoil of whether or not his army would be able to win the fight. The author made each character very life-like. In other words, I could imagine actually knowing someone like each of the characters. I hope to read more of Mr. Richardson’s works in other books he might write with these characters. The main character is an ex-Wall Street broker turned antiques store owner, Matt Hawkins. He goes to the Savannah library to see what books they might be selling. In a box of books that he buys, he finds an atlas. Concealed in the atlas is a journal written by Nathanial Greene’s wife, Caty. The journal states that Washington wrote a letter of surrender to General Howe. The letter was never delivered but wasn’t ever destroyed. Matt takes the letter to historian Sarah Gordon for verification that the journal is real. From there, one thing leads to another and the hunt is on for the actual letter itself. Along the way, the two stumble on a money-making scheme that would be enacted if the candidate running for president got elected. The campaign manager has used his candidate ancestral connection to Washington as part of his strategy to get him elected. Therefore, he desperately doesn’t want this letter to be found and takes some lethal steps to make sure it doesn’t. There are several other wonderful life-like characters involved in helping them including Sarah’s father, a retired high school history teacher, James Fox, current executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, and Sissy Hightower, resident archivist and part-time administrator for the Society. Even Matt’s employee, Christina gets a chance to help. If you like history, fiction and stories about what might have happened, this story will hold your attention to the very last page. "I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."
I received this book in return for an honest review. Imposters of Patriotism had a good plot and well-drawn characters. It was engaging and kept me turning the pages, but I had issues with the editing. The book came with the caveat that it was an Advanced Reading Copy and had not gone through the final galley edits, but the issues I found were things that should be addressed in the content editing rounds. I noticed it was self-published when I went to the book’s Amazon page to get the buy-link, so maybe Mr. Richardson is not familiar with content edits. When a book is released through a publisher, it goes through three types of editing—content editing, line or copy editing, and galley edits. In content editing, we address issues such as info drops (show; don’t tell); head-hopping (changing point-of-view in the middle of a scene); use of passive verbs instead of active (had done instead of doing); general wordiness; overuse of dialog tags and certain words and phrases such as “that,” “began to,” etc. The second type of editing, line or copy editing, is straight spelling and grammar. By the time a book gets to galley edits, it should be pristine and all that should be left is the occasional typo. Imposters of Patriotism was rife with head-hops, it was wordy, and had some superfluous dialog tags as well as uses of the word “that.” It could have been tightened by a good content editor. Still, it was a good, entertaining read. I definitely recommend it.
Given To Me For An Honest Review Imposters of Patriotism by Ted Richardson is not only a debut novel it is the first in a book series. Once you open the book make sure you have your seatbelt on because you are going on a fun journey. You will be grabbed and held down and the pages with tur and turn some more until the last page is done. There are some twists and turns thrown in for good measure. A 200 year old journal is found. The journal claims that George Washington wrote a secret letter of surrender to the British during the Revolutionary War --- thus ending America's fight for independence. The present day presidential race is now going on. An historian and antique store owner want to find the truth of the journal. There is someone who wants it to be kept a secret. Will the truth be discovered? Will it be kept a secret? Who wants it to be kept a secret? This is a very good historical fiction thriller. I gave this book 5 stars but wish I could have given it more. I recommend it to everyone. I am looking forward to Book 2 in the series and I also look for more from Ted Richardson.