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The British occupation of Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War brings together two unlikely comrades, redcoat Sam Gilpin and rebel Jonathon Becket. The story of these two young men evocatively illustrates the divided loyalties that characterized this war. Though both men love the same woman, the true heroine of the novel is Becket's patriot sister, Martha Crowl. She commands the attention of the reader with every appearance. The grim and gory reality of war is skillfully played out against the gaiety of Loyalist society. Cornwell's fictional characters mingle well with the historical figures of the time. A worthwhile effort by Cornwell, known for his historical adventures, the Richard Sharpe series. Recommended. Lydia Burruel Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Arousing adventure yarn. . . [The] battle scenes are excellent." -- Washington Post Book World
"Cornwell's command of historical detail is one of the great strengths of his writing..." -- Washington Times
"Electrifying . . . [Cornwell] is a master at describing battles as observed by the participants." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Sir William Howe commands the Redcoats, but it is Sam Gilpin, a private in his army, whose story intertwines with that of Jonathan Becket, a young rebel with a club foot. They become friends and Sam helps Jonathan to survive a terrible leg wound. Both fall in love with Caroline Fisher. Complicating matters, Christopher Vane, a British officer, falls in love with Jonathan's widowed sister, Martha Crowl. Being a rebel herself, she spurns Vane's advances, and he swears vengeance on her.
In this work, Cornwell is at his best when describing the battles, other military matters, and the milieu in which they occur. He gives a very strong flavor of the times and the country.
Readers who enjoy this work, will also enjoy Cornwell's Sharpe series, for which he is rightly well known. For a less fictional account of the Revolutionary War period, Alan Eckert's narrative history, Wilderness War, is an exciting and accurate portrayal of the campaign against the Indians in the Western New York and Pennsylvania.
The main character Sam Gilpin is a former stable boy turned British infantry soldier. Sam witnesses his brother's execution by the evil Sargent Scammell, a psychotic killer, and wisely decides that soldiering is not for him. Whereupon, Sam accepts a position as a personal servant to Captain Vane who is a social climbing career army officer. Since the British Army does not allow for soldiers to leave the service easily, Sam must somehow survive in this adverse environment. Probably what makes this book unusual is the intercourse between civilians and the military. In Cornwell's other stories you rarely witness discussions between soldiers and civilians.
Cornwell writes great fiction. He certainly had enough material to write a few stories about the revolutionary war but chose instead to write this one book. The way he ends the story it is clear that he intends no sequels, that is a shame because the Revolutionary War would be a natural landscape for his novels to appear. If you like this story I recommend the Sharpe series, especially "Sharpe's Company", "Sharpe's Regiment", and "Sharpe's Eagle". All are great books.
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I've read most of Bernard Cornwell's works, and found Redcoat to be one of his weaker novels. Compared to the Sharp series, the main character, Sam, seems wishy washy, his... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Christopher R. Siddle
this is by far cornwell's most undrated book. it is a hidden gem. because the sharpe's series and the starbuck chronicles are so hugely successful,and because it was never made... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by T. murphy
One of the things that struck me about this book is that, in comparison to other Cornwell novels, it's almost a romance novel. Read morePublished on March 19 2001
Considering many of the reviews submitted by readers, I am pleased that Redcoat was my first Cornwell novel. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2001 by Gunfighter
i know that b.c. is a great author but i don't think that this is a good book!Published on Sept. 9 2000 by Alex
I enjoyed reading about what the Revolution was like for "the bad guys". As far as fiction goes, this wasn't the best, but for the subject, it was an excellent look at... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2000 by Sean Riley
This book is good but unfortunately is not on par with his Sharpe novels or his Warlord chronicals. to a customer below it is the battle of Germantown not Brandywine that this book... Read morePublished on July 16 2000 by geraint thatcher
I have read all of Cornwell's Sharpe series including the books that have only been released in the U.K. so it was with great excitement that I began reading this book. Read morePublished on July 14 2000