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The Fort by Bernard Cornwell

The Fort (edition 2010)

by Bernard Cornwell

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Title:The Fort
Authors:Bernard Cornwell
Info:London: HarperCollins, 2010. Hardback, First Edition, First Printing.
Collections:Your library, 1st Edition, Fiction, Read in 2012
Tags:American War of Independence fiction

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The Fort by Bernard Cornwell

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Penobscot battle- worst American defeat in Revolutionary War, so ending no surprise. Personalities run the story. Brits shown as neutral and heroic and Americans perfidious. Good to see another perspective. Surprising expose of the real Pual Revere as capricious, insubordinate, cowardly -- wasn't only one to warn of Brits coming. Longfellow created heroic image. Author's endnotes are very revealing. ( )
  jenzbaker | Jan 17, 2015 |
After reading The Fort I have come to the conclusion that we were very lucky to have won the war. If more leaders had been like the ones in charge at Penobscot we would have lost. I am also going to have to read some more on Paul Revere, he is not the hero history has made him out to be. All In all this is a very well written book that holds your attention and uses historical fact for its main theme and only adds to it for readers enjoyment. It's another good story from Mr. Cornwell. ( )
  Philip100 | Sep 23, 2014 |
Enjoyed this,swift moving adventure. ( )
  babybelle | Aug 2, 2013 |
what to say about this book... alot really. it was written very well and i loved how he showed what was history and how to tell what was character as you read. it has alot of information in there but by the time i was done some illusions were shattered. for example i now have to say that if rest of our military was like these then it is only because of divine intervention that we became the united states. that solomon lovell deserves to be outed as a coward and failure along with saltstall. and dare i get into paul revere?? holy crap... we won the war despite these people not with them. revere was a major coward and had a god complex the size of the u.s. i can't say enough about him except that i get angry thinking about all the crap they tell us in school that is so SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO inaccurate. there are rumors about him around but this book gives a hellofa good dose of reality towards his real character. his family should be ashamed. and i don't believe in the sins of the father, but they should still be ashamed.
one last thing... why haven't we heard of general wadsworth? he should be touched on by teachers and more pronounced in our history. not just due to his courage and tenacity of this battle but due to his whole history. i run into this sort of thing alot where i get historical info that is never brought forward that is so essential to a real view or our history and am amazed that it isn't ever brought to light. ok, maybe in revere's place they needed a hero, but we don't anymore. the more i learn history the more i learn the travisties of those hidden that deserve and or should be brought to light. the winners write history and usually they're full of shit. ( )
1 vote krushkelsey | Apr 21, 2013 |
This wasn't a particularly engaging book and I had a lot of trouble keeping my focus when I read it. While it seemed to be a good fictional account of the event, it lacked any kind of characterization, a protagonist or anything really concrete to make me want to read on. It really was just an account on a particular event during the war, and after a while the lack of all the other elements to make a good story, affected my overall impression of the book.

The author writing style and research that went into this was very well done. I'm unsure how accurate to real events the story is, but it does seem authentic enough. But, it was missing a lot of crucial pieces a novel needs to make it more readable and I think that was sacrificed more than needed.

Overall not my favourite read, I will read the author again - I want to try out some of his other books, but this one was a miss for me.

Also found on my book review blog Jules' Book Reviews - The Fort ( )
  bookwormjules | Mar 29, 2013 |
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There are obvious parallels in Cornwell’s tale with contemporary events in modern America. We owe it to ourselves and our posterity to re-examine the actual events of the Revolution and redeem the lives of those Americans who suffered and died in miserable, out-of-the-way places like the Penobscot. Let’s skip the varnish on the statue in the town square and instead listen to the truths of the lives and deaths of the men whom that statue memorializes. Bernard Cornwell, British by birth, has served up a delicious dish of gray truth. That, friends, is love for our great nation.
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After the British establish a fort on the Penobscot River, the Massachusetts patriots--among them General Peleg Wadsworth and Colonel Paul Revere--mount an expedition to oust the redcoats.

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