A Finalist for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History
“A clever and imaginative tale.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
A thought-provoking novel that imagines what would have happened if the British had succeeded in kidnapping General George Washington.
British special agent Jeremiah Black, an officer of the King’s Guard, lands on a lonely beach in the wee hours of the morning in late November 1780. The revolution is in full swing but has become deadlocked. Black is here to change all that.
His mission, aided by Loyalists, is to kidnap George Washington and spirit him back to London aboard the HMS Peregrine, a British sloop of war that is waiting closely offshore. Once he lands, though, the “aid by Loyalists” proves problematic because some would prefer just to kill the general outright. Black manages—just—to get Washington aboard the Peregrine, which sails away.
Upon their arrival in London, Washington is imprisoned in the Tower to await trial on charges of high treason. England’s most famous barristers seek to represent him but he insists on using an American. He chooses Abraham Hobhouse, an American-born barrister with an English wife—a man who doesn’t really need the work and thinks the “career-building” case will be easily resolved through a settlement of the revolution and Washington’s release. But as greater political and military forces swirl around them and peace seems ever more distant, Hobhouse finds that he is the only thing keeping Washington from the hangman’s noose.
Drawing inspiration from a rumored kidnapping plot hatched in 1776 by a member of Washington’s own Commander-in-Chief Guard, Charles Rosenberg has written a compelling novel that envisions what would take place if the leader of America’s fledgling rebellion were taken from the nation at the height of the war, imperiling any chance of victory.
|Publisher:||Hanover Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)|
About the Author
Charles Rosenberg is the author of the legal thriller Death on a High Floor and its sequels. The credited legal consultant to the TV shows LA Law, Boston Legal, The Practice, and The Paper Chase, he was also one of two on-air legal analysts for E! Television’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. He teaches as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School and has also taught at UCLA, Pepperdine and Southwestern law schools. He practices law in the Los Angeles area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Had me hooked throughout. Very engaging.
TITLE: The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington AUTHOR: Charles Rosenberg GENRE: Alternate History PAGES: 432 I am a sucker for the “What If” story. It appeals to the history lover in me. Most of the “What If?” books involve World War II. This is the first time I have read one involving The Revolutionary War, much less one about the capture of George Washington. In The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington, Charles Rosenberg gives us a tale of what would happen if General George Washington was captured, brought back to London, and tried for the crime of treason, and possibly given a traitors death. On a whole, this book was entertaining and gave me something to think about. It struck my imagination and stoked it for a really good tale. If I had to nitpick, I would say that the capture of General George Washington felt a bit rushed. I realize that was not the whole of the story, but to me it seemed that things went too well for the people capturing the General. Otherwise, the story was well done. The legal wranglings between London and The Continental Congress gave me a lot to think about. The fact that George Washington was being treated like a citizen of England rather than an American punched the story up even more. That is something that I never stopped to think about. Sure, there was a revolution going on, and that we were once considered to be citizens of the king, but we are talking about one of our greatest heroes, future President George Washington, and the possibility that he would not become our president! All in all I give this one 4 out of 5 bookmarks.