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  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 7 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Release Date: 30 Sept. 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045F6ICK
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Format: Hardcover
Another year has passed and another Cornwell novel has arrived. And this year we have a standalone novel which focuses on the `forgotten' Penobscot Expedition, one of the lesser well known conflicts of the American War of Independence.

In recent years, fans of Cornwell have increasingly clamoured for him to return to the highly praised Starbuck Chronicles or for a completion of the Alfred/Uhtred adventures. Cornwell has mastered the knack of beginning highly engrossing series and then leaving the reader dangling whilst he focuses on other works. This is infuriatingly maddening when I need my next fix in the series, but also a good way of increasing my anticipation for his newest novel! So, when Cornwell announced via his website that his next book would not be a continuation of one of his current series, I was a little worried as my mind was drawn back to `Azincourt' and the lukewarm reception it received.

Putting all my misguided apprehension aside, I have to say that I am an absolute Cornwell fan! I had to have the book on its publication date and I even took time off work this year to shut myself away from the real world whilst I devoured his latest novel. And after completing it, I have to say that it is brilliant, one of his best in years.

You can tell immediately, that `The Fort' is a novel that Cornwell has always wanted to write. Everything about the book screams that it is thoroughly and impeccably well researched, extremely well written and contains a new set of characters who are definitely not `carbon copies' of Sharpe/Uhtred set in different historic settings. The characters are well rounded and have personalities which are fully dimensional, particularly for some of the `rebels' in this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this book and after a few slow chapters at the start ( I think mostly because there are a lot of characters to introduce) I found this book fascinating and hard to put down. I read about the 1st 7 Sharpe novels in the 80s and have not read any Cornwell until Azincourt last year (pretty good I thought) and now The Fort which made a nice change. I think Sharpe has been done to death and it was interesting to read another horse and musket tail that was not about the Napoleonic Wars. Also the fact that the novel sticks more or less to the actual events is v interesting - I found out an awful lot about a small, almost forgotten battle that I dont remember reading about in any book I have read on The War Of Independence. The revelations about Revere are amazing and the American admiral comes out of it looking pretty sorry as well. On the other hand the US Marines seemed to be as tough then as now. Pleased to see in the reviews that at least one American who has read this is open minded. Americans should be able to take this read on the chin as they did win the war with a little help from their continental friends

A very entertaining read - maybe Cornwell should consider going the whole hog and dabbling in a little factual history writing.
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In Britain we had a brilliant cunning plan - we shipped out convicts to Australia and our religious nutcases over to the newly discovered America. In retrospect we are well aware that we should have left these two groups at home and shipped ourselves out to the paradise of Australia and the land of plenty that was America. But I digress, let's roll forward to the point where America tired of British rule, British Kings and, more importantly, British taxes. Obviously an unreasonable attitude but the War of Independence was their way of kicking us out and this novel, based on fact, is set during that war.

Some spoilers here, but I'm not sure if they count in a factual novel...

In 1779 a force of Scottish infantry with limited support from the Royal Navy was ordered to hold a key peninsula in Maine (called Majabigwaduce) while the Americans were equally determined to take it back.

British author Cornwell tries very hard to be objective and portray both sides in this conflict with balance. He obviously discovered an piece of American history that was not well known and decided to base a novel on it, partly because of the historical interest, but also because some key historical figures were involved, John Moore (later to become one of Britain's finest soldiers and leaders) and American Paul Revere (made famous by Longfellow's famous poem which gives him far more credit then he was actually due).

There is no doubt that this is an interesting book, but here Cornwell has taken an event and placed his story in it, he normally takes characters like Sharpe with distinct personality and then places them in historical events.
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Format: Hardcover
History is an interesting subject, as it explores the past by highlighting events that changed the world forever. A Bernard Cronwell's novel seemed the right choice. The front cover of the book caught my attention whilst browsing through historical fiction. The cover is a big clue of what to expect in the novel. The Fort is expertly written with a combination of interesting facts and shocking events. The novel recaptures an important chapter in history. The American Revolutionary is the central theme of the novel. The two sides featured were the loyalists (considered loyal to their former colony) and the rebels, who later accepted a new identitiy of becoming an American. There was a fierce battle between the two sides. It is very interesting to know how America developed as a separate state.

The plot recaptures the year 1779. What was the significance of the year? This marked the third anniversary of America's independence from the rule of Britain. Of course it was a proud and historical moment for the country. The triumph was short-lived briefly as a British's expedition sailed across the Atlantic to seize control of an area much to the annoyance and fury of neighbouring state Massachusetts. The Americans easily outnumbered the British in terms of fleet numbers and troops. The mission was to reclaim the area and fight for indepedent. Despite smaller numbers, British showed strong resistance by providing tight defence and displaying excellent fighting sprits. The British buld a fort (hence the title) around the terriority to defend against attacks through their armoury. Improvisation became paramount in the line of attacks of the other side, as it seemed difficult to enter the land due to ambush attacks. The events of the bloodshed war are graphically described.
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