Saving Washington Film Rights Optioned by Producer of HBO's Big Little Lies
The lost story of “America’s 400 Spartans”—an army of unexpected heroes who changed the course of history.
On a marshy Brooklyn battlefield on August 27, 1776, four hundred men from Baltimore, Maryland assembled to do battle against a vastly superior British army. Seemingly overnight, these young soldiers had matured from naïve teenagers to perhaps the most important, yet most forgotten, citizen soldiers in all of American history: “America’s 400 Spartans.”
Saving Washington follows young Joshua Bolton and his childhood friend Ben Wright, a freed black man, as they witness British tyranny firsthand, become enraptured by the cause, and ultimately enlist to defend their new nation in a battle that galvanized the American nation on the eve of its birth.
Chris Formant’s gripping tale blends real-life historical figures and events with richly developed fictional characters in a multi-dimensional world of intrigue, romance, comradeship, and sacrifice, transporting us two-and-a-half centuries back in time to the bustling streets of Baltimore and the bloody, smoke-filled carnage of battle in Brooklyn.
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About the Author
His debut novel, Bright Midnight, received lavish praise and has been dubbed the “Da Vinci Code for Rock and Roll Fans.” In the work, Formant created a unique mystery in which he re-imagined the deaths of rock icons as murders.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Saving Washington by Chris Formant was a fascinating read. Until I read this fictional account,.I was not aware of the Maryland 400 or of the pivitol role the Battle of Brooklyn played in the Revolutionary War. Josh and Ben, the protagonists, are fictional characters but others characters in the book were real people. The locations and battle scenes were real. The book begins in Baltimore as revolutionary sentiments are filtering down from New England. Loyalties are divided among Maryland's population. Josh and Ben, life-long friends, are young men in their late teens. They are working on the docks associated with Josh's Dad's business. They see the impact Britain's increased taxation has on businesses. They experience the disdain many of the British soldiers and sailors have for the colonists. They hear the plea for young men to enlist in the militia to help protect their colony. After Josh's Dad is senselessly killed, both young men enlist. They are soon called up to help the Continental Army and to be part of a special unit to disrupt the British military. Running in the background is a British spy network that seeks to take down Washington and his army. This was a great read that brings to life relatively unknown heroes. I highly recommend it.
An action-filled and fast-paced book, especially the last half which describes the actual battle. This is a fictional account of the battle of Brooklyn in the Revolutionary War, a battle that is not often mentioned even in histories of the Revolution, and about which not much is actually known even today. Josh Bolton, the son of a merchant, and his friend, Ben Wright, a free Negro, live in Baltimore and are not initially very interested in politics. Josh’s mother, in particular, is not anxious for her son to join the incipient militia being recruited by Colonel Smallwood. But as time passes and the number of British insults begins to weigh on them, and as they are urged to action by various friends and events, they both decide to join up. The culminating event for them is the death of Josh’s father at the hands of the British authorities during a riot at a gathering in Annapolis where he has gone on a business trip. They encounter the deaths of friends and betrayal by a girl Josh thought he loved. But their resolve is strong, and they eventually arrive at the site where the British are lying in wait to drive the Colonial troops out of New York and capture George Washington, their general. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a review copy of this book.