by Bernard Cornwell
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Redcoat by Bernard Cornwell

It is autumn 1777, and the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia, has fallen to the British. Yet the true battle has only just begun.

On both sides, loyalties are tested and families torn asunder. The young Redcoat Sam Gilpin has seen his brother die. Now he must choose between duty to a distant king and the call of his own conscience. And for the men and women of the prosperous Becket family, the Revolution brings bitter conflict between those loyal to the crown and those with dreams of liberty.

Soon, across the fields of ice and blood in a place called Valley Forge, history will be rewritten, changing the lives and fortunes of these men and women forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060512774
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2003
Edition description: First Perennial Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 224,020
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About 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 Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Redcoat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
rrudytoo More than 1 year ago
I discovered Bernard Cornwell when I read his four-book series on the American Civil War, the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. I enjoyed his blending of factual historical events with his fictional characters which he used to put flesh and blood into events that shaped our country. I had hoped to experience the same with "Redcoat" and I was not disappointed.

While Sam Gilpin may be the main character of the story in the form of an English infantryman, a Redcoat, Cornwell includes an entire cast of characters from all spectrums of life in 1770's America. He gives a clear picture of life in that period from the foods they ate to the clothes they wore to their everyday routines. Added to that are insights into the personalities of both fictional characters and actual people who had a hand in shaping America's future.
As I had been reading history books dealing with the American Revolution at the same time as I was reading "Redcoat", I was impressed with Cornwell's accuracy in describing the events in his book and the personality of Sir William Howe and others. This is the "flesh and blood" I referred to earlier. While a history book is good for names, dates, etc. it does nothing for giving the reader a taste of what it would be like to actually live in that period. Cornwell excells in providing insight into daily life of this period.
Admittedly, Cornwell will appeal more to men than women in both subject matter and character development. The reader will learn just enough about a character to understand the why's and wherefores of their thoughts or actions which is all I, as a man, needed to know while my wife was left wanting for more emotional explanations.
If you have an interest in history and enjoy learning the experience of day to day existence of a particular period in time, Bernard Cornwell is able to provide that for you in an interesting and colorful manner. I enjoyed this book immensely and I look forward to beginning the Sharpe Series soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read a few of Bernard Cornwell's books. They all have been very good and well written. However, they seem to start out slow which almost made me put it down... but they always progess to a very good read.
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barry58 More than 1 year ago
Redcoat is Bernard Cornwall at this finest. Every aspect of this book was fantastic. A must for historical fiction reader.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Best thing I have ever read on the Revolutionary War! Gives a more comprehensive and balanced view of the conflict, with great story and characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, adequetly depicting the false idea portrayed by many history text books that war isn't bloody. Cornwell represents that the redcoats weren't evil, they were just doing their job, and were just boys who wanted honor and money. Sam is a likable boy that can enchant any reader. Cornwell also adds romance that does not take over the plot, but enhances it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful introduction to Bernard Cornwell for me. There's a bit for everyone in this book: romance, battles, and the author makes you care enough about the characters to sit on the edge of your seat worrying for them. My only wish is that Cornwell had continued Sam's story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With 'Redcoat' Cornwell has laid a fine foundation for a future series in the tradition of the 'Sharpe' series. Here is to hoping to read more of the adventurs of a redcoat in the American Colonies. Will he become a farmer, will he join the colonial forces, will he fight his former comrades?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a worthy novel of the American Revolution. Cornwell, famed for his Sharpe series, is in recognizable form here. The fictional characters are pretty standard creations on his part. Cornwall also seems to revel in descriptive, graphic violence. All of his novels are permeated by this element, which at times threatens to inbalance the often fine historical aspects of these novels. The plot and characters are standard Cornwall fair, the real strength of this work being its portrayal of General Howe's 1777 Philadelphia campaign. We get fine descriptions of the British night attack at Paoli Tavern, and the rebel counter-attack and near success at Germantown. The books depiction of the British outlook on the war is its best attribute. Also, through the characters the reader can get a pretty good idea of what motivated both sides in the conflict. If you can stomoch Cornwall's often graphic bloodletting, then this book is deffinitely a worthwhile piece of historical fiction on the American Revolution.