What if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States? The year is 1821. Former French Emperor Napoleon has been imprisoned on a dark wart in the Atlantic since his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Rescued in a state of near-death by Gulf pirate Jean Laffite, Napoleon lands in New Orleans, where he struggles to regain his health aided by voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Opponents of the Bourbon regime expect him to reconquer France. French Canadians beg him to seize Canada from Britain. American adventurers urge him to steal Texas from Mexico. His brother Joseph pleads with him to settle peacefully in New Jersey. As Napoleon restlessly explores his new land, he frets about his legacy. He fears for the future of his ten-year-old son, trapped in the velvet fetters of the Austrian court. While the British, French and American governments follow his activities with growing alarm, remnants of the Grande Armée flock to him with growing anticipation. Are Napoleon's intentions as peaceful as he says they are? If not, does he still have the qualities necessary to lead a winning campaign? If you enjoy alternate history or 19th century historical fiction, Napoleon in America is for you.
|Publisher:||Dry Wall Publishing Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shannon Selin has done a masterful job in blending historical research and creative writing in addressing one of the big "what ifs" of Napoleonic studies. With an accurate and well-researched context, she seamlessly tells a wonderful story blending time, place, and personalities. I did not want her story to end. Tom Vance
Shannon Selin is a great historical fiction master storyteller. The fact and fiction blend so well that some could easily not know where the fiction starts. Her newsletters combined with the book make a great behind the scenes expose, better than the "E" entertainment channel. I'm looking forward to more from her. Read this book if you like Napoleonic fiction.
Imagine that instead of being imprisoned for all the rest of his days, Napoleon escaped and went to America, helped out by the infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte and this is exactly what "Napoleon in America" is about. In history, Napoleon never visited America so this historical event is a figment of the imagination. I don't often read alternate history because usually if I'm reading history or historical fiction, I want to have the facts. However, books like this one makes me think that maybe I need to be a little more open to to alternative history. Even though the events are made up, you can tell that Selin did a lot of research on the historical figures that appear in the book to make all of the things that they say and all of the things that they do in this book feel like something that actually could have happened. There are so many really interesting historical figures in the book. I loved that the author included some of the correspondence from some of the historical figures, such as John Quincy Adams. It really added a sense of realism to the book. I also liked how the author wrote the characters themselves, you get to see a lot of different perspectives. We get insight into the kind of man that Napoleon was, the things he cares about, and his thoughts on his relationships with others. We see how much he cares and thinks about his son, which definitely humanized him for me. I liked the writing of the book. The book had a really good flow!
This book is superbly conceived and executed. The style is extremely precise and the dialogue authentically rendered in the language of the day. It offers a compelling exercise in what has been variously termed “counterfactual history”, “alternative history”, “speculative history”, and so on. This novel does not wear its research and its imagination on its sleeve. It’s far more subtle than that: the learning is finely and unobtrusively woven into the tapestry — driven first and foremost by the telling of a cracking yarn.