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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 7 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Sept. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0045F6ICK
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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.Read more ›
A very entertaining read - maybe Cornwell should consider going the whole hog and dabbling in a little factual history writing.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I am a huge Cornwell fan. I automatically buy every book as it comes out. This one was a mistake. I ended up skip reading the last few chapters as it was so dull. Read morePublished 25 days ago by John Longford
I know what I am reading is in effect a history book of one of the lesser known battles of the American war of independence (lesser known to we Brit's that is), but it is so well... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aulus Paulinus
Have read many of Bernard's novels and always enjoyed them, but haven't read one for some time. After reading The Fort it is clear Bernard is outstanding when it comes to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Galatic traveller
I enjoy all of Cronwells books and this was no exception.. I like his one off books a nice short read with a nice neat end. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sidewinder
Love the Sharpe series I have all of the books and the author Bernard Cornwell who researches his books so well gives you a great read and a history lesson all in one go, but... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer