“The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War” by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins, 2010)


Readers used to Bernard Cornwell’s medieval historical fiction series may be surprised with his latest book, covering the summer of 1779 near Majabigwaduce in the colony of Massachusetts, a small but important moment in the revolutionary war.  But Cornwell does what he does best, taking this small and seemingly insignificant moment and expanding it into a book-length story of drama and emotion and action.

With the major battles occurring further to the south, a British force with almost a thousand Scottish infantry and three sloops-of-war sail into the eastern province  of Massachusetts – what would one day be the state of Maine – and establish a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay.  They are the only British troops between New York and Canada.  Massachusetts answers immediately with a thousand infantrymen and over forty ships.  Second in command is Peleg Wadsworth, once an aide to General Washington, along with a patriot known as Paul Revere will face down an eighteen-year-old Scottish lieutenant named John Moore.

What should be an easy battle for the men of Massachusetts turns into a big, bumbling embarrassment.  Cornwell turns a history story into a gripping novel of people of the past come to life in this important time in the founding of a nation.  As a British citizen who has lived for many years in New England, readers can’t help wondering what side Cornwell associates with.

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Originally written on January 1, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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