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February 28, 2009 Return to Zion, by John O'Toole This is a book that engages the reader from the first page. I read it, literally, in one sitting. The fidelity to historical context and the attention to legitimate and credible historical accuracy and detail are obvious from the first page. Mr. O'Toole does not burden the reader with arcane facts or obscure citation, however: the book is driven by characters and events that will attract and engross any reader who appreciates fine fiction. The lead character, Jeremy (Jemmy) Thorpe, is very appealing; it is through his eyes that we witness the momentous events of many of the early battles and developments that transpired in 1776-1778 along the east coast of the colonies. The battles at Brandywine and Germantown and the rout of Washington's forces from Long Island are expertly rendered; we meet General Washington as well as persons of note with whom we are familiar form history books: Captain Andre, Lafayette, Burr and Hamilton, Martha Washington, Baron Von Steuben, Lord Howe, and many others. These people appear in a manner and form which, far from interrupting the flow of the narrative, impel it seamlessly. Mr. O'Toole is especially adept at rendering the action of small-arms battles (including cavalry charges) with strikingly vivid descriptions; the reader is reminded of similar scenes from the films "Glory" or "The Patriot" - O'Toole's graphic narrative seizes the reader with as much fervor as one experiences in the theater. I recommend this book without reservation to anyone who has the slightest interest in the period of the American Revolutionary War, or to anyone who appreciates a story well-staged and -written. Arnold Pulda, Ph.D. UNC - Chapel Hill, U.S. History