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Redcoat Hardcover – Sep 1989

3.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 687 pages
  • Publisher: Magna Large Print Books; Large type edition edition (September 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850573964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850573968
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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Product Description

From Library Journal

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 the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell, bestselling author of the Warlord Chronicles and the Sharpe series, is married and lives in Cape Cod, USA. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Redcoat is a fine work of historical fiction on the American Revolution as seen from the British perspective. The ingredients of Cornwall's writing are all here. Characters are standard fair for him, with some clever deviations. Cornwall seems to revel in graphic, bloody descriptions of fighting, whether a battle or a fight to the death between two protagonists. At times I find this penchant for violence threatens to undermine the fine historical research that goes into his works. The main stength of this novel lies in its fine depiction of General Howe's 1777 Philadelphia campaign. The description of the British night attack at Paoli's Tavern and the rebel counter-attack and near success at Germantown are first-rate, and alone worth reading. While some of the characters and plot are standard Cornwall creations, traceable to his ever popular Sharpe series with predictable villins, confused heros, and shattered notions of honor, the reader can still get a very balanced view of what motivated both sides in this conflcit. Rebel and Loyalist outlooks are clearly expressed through the characters. The book delivers a good story, slow at times, but reflective of the nature of the war itself, and those who were pursueing it. There are some clever character developments here, with interesting role reversals which provide for surprise. If the reader does not mind Cornwall's often graphic, bloodletting descriptions, he will find much of merit here. This is a good novel on the American Revolution, with rich historical detail and some interesting plot.
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By A Customer on Feb. 11 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not a Sharpe or Starbuck found in any page, which is an interesting change of pace for Bernard Cornwell. Nevertheless, "Redcoat" is enjoyable historical fiction and Cornwell serves up his usual excellent effort. The time is 1777 and the America colonists are rebelling against their British masters. General Sir William Howe leads the British contingent in the Americas. His task is to bring the colonies under control but the rebel-colonists have no intention of letting that happen. The General is surrounded by rebel sympathizers and spies. One of the most interesting items about this story is that the book's vantage-point is almost entirely from that of the British (which is rare, especially in the U.S.A.) I found this viewpoint refreshing.
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cornwell's telling of the story of a British soldier fighting with inner conflicts follows many of the same turns that Sharpe and Starbuck encounter in their series. However this book does not grip the reader with the same intensity. Nor did I feel the same attachment toward Sam or really want to cheer him on as much as I did his two predecessors.
True, it may be unfair to judge this writing compared with the previous two series. However, after such great works, the author tends to build up expectations. Still, I am not disappointed to find much of the same characters in Cornwell's novels, but I do expect to enjoy his works more than others. This one was the exception.
A very large part of me wishes that instead of starting a new book (series?) that Cornwell would have devoted time to more completely continuing the Starbuck Chronicles.
Cornwell always delivers when it comes to battle scenes, giving the reader all he needs for a vivid picture of a bloody battle. He also has a great way attaching the reader to the characters in his books. For this he should be commended, his series are typically wonderful reads and if you have not yet read Sharpe or Starbuck, start them today and find a new hero for your literary library. Redcoat is not to be confused with a bad novel, it just pales in comparison.
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Format: Paperback
Bernard Cornwell's Redcoat takes place during the American Revolution, largely in and around Philadelphia. He uses numerous characters, both historic and fictional, to tell the story of the British occupation of that city. Their lives become a tangle of rebel and loyalist, love and hate.
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.
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