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Fortet (2010)

av Bernard Cornwell

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After the British establish a fort on the Penobscot River, the Massachusetts patriots--among them General Peleg Wadsworth and Colonel Paul Revere--mount an expedition to oust the redcoats.
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(2010)Historical fiction about a little known event of the Revolutionary War. The American navy and army attack a British detachment in Maine (then part of Massachusetts). The Americans far outnumber and outclass in navy what the British have here, but the British commander pulls off a stunning upset with very smart moves. He is also helped by the fact that the American commanding general is cautious to a fault and will not take chances, an American commodore that does not want to put his fleet in harms way if it can be avoided and Paul Revere, who turns out to be near traitorous in action who commands the artillery. Very good and the British actually win. (Amazon Customer Review) Cornwell's "The Fort" is an absolutely fabulous read, one I could not put down. It tells of an occupation by British troops during the Revolutionary War and the attempt of the Massachusetts Militia, strengthen by ships of the Continental Navy as well as Privateers, to "Captivate, kill, or destroy" the British forces. What should have been a relatively short and easy, if not somewhat bloody, campaign against the uncompleted Fort George turned into an almost month long siege as the American Forces failed to even launch a credible attack on the fort. The long stagnant siege allowed the Royal Navy to arrive and destroy what was the largest American Fleet ever assembled during the war.Although history lays the entire blame of the military disaster on Commodore Dudley Saltonstall for his failure to lead his fleet into the harbor to destroy three British warships and therefore help coordinate a joint land/sea attack on the fort, Cornwell successfully argues that the blame lies more on the land forces commanded by General Solomon Lovell. Made up mostly of untrained citizens pressed into service the militia won the initial engagement and were primed to swarm the still uncompleted fort when Lovell decided to instead lay siege in the hopes Saltonstall would bring his warships in to bombard the British positions. What transpires is a test of wills where Saltonstall refuses to bring his ships into the harbor until the fort is neutralized while Lovell refuses to attack the fort without naval support. The long delay allows the British to fortify their positions and successfully wait for reinforcements to arrive.One of the surprising revelations Cornwell provides is the antics and almost dereliction of duty by one Colonel Paul Revere. In his only real taste of battle with the British Revere is painted to be an arrogant, self-absorbed, surly, and mostly ineffectual artillery officer. His conduct during the attempted escape of the American Fleet from the Royal Navy is truly at odds with what most people have come to believe of him.Again, this is just a wonderfully written book. The characters are well developed, the historical detail is extremely accurate, and the story written in a very vivid manner. Although I had never read one of Cornwell's previous books you can bet that omission will be corrected very soon. I highly recommend this book to anyone into events of the Revolutionary War.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Un fuerte y un asedio. Dos flotas enfrentadas. Casacas rojas y revolucionarios. El nacimiento de una nación entre la sangre y el dolor y la heroicidad y la locura… Pocas imágenes militares son más estremecedoras que la de un fuerte sitiado que debe –contra toda lógica y a toda costa– resistir. Bernard Cornwell se embarca en una de sus más extraordinarias novelas, al relatar la célebre Expedición Penobscot del verano de 1779 en tierras americanas. Incluso si John Moore, el héroe de la Guerra de la Independencia –sí, el de la campaña y derrota en La Coruña– no hubiera estado allí, este hecho de armas ocuparía un lugar de honor en la historia militar, pues fue el peor deastre naval que jamás sufrió Estados Unidos antes de Pearl Harbor. Con la ocupación de Majabigwaduce, los británicos pretendían establecer una base naval que sirviera de refugio a los lealistas que huian de la persecución de los revolucionarios de las colonias americanas. Pero el gobierno de Massachusetts decidió entonces «capturar, matar o destruir» a los invasores, y para eso puso en marcha la mayor flota jamás reunida por los llamados “rebeldes”. Aunque hay dudas acerca del número de embarcaciones que zarparon hacia el río Penobscot (quizás una treintena), fue la mayor flota reunida por los americanos durante la Guerra de la Independencia de los Estados Unidos, y aun así una decena de barcos británicos al mando de sir George Collier consiguió destrozarla y capturar a más de 3.000 hombres. Sin embargo, antes de la llegada de Collier, el fuerte construido por los casacas rojas fue objeto de un inútil bombardeo constante que Cornwell ha convertido en una de sus novelas más intensas, coloristas y emocionantes. A veces los acontecimientos históricos parecen haberse producido para mayor gloria de Cornwell.
  Natt90 | Mar 27, 2023 |
'The Fort' tells the story of one of the lesser-known military actions of the American War of Independance.

A force of three small Royal Navy warships and 750 men under the command of General Francis McLean have been ordered to build a fort at Penobscot Bay, Massachusetts from which to control the New England seaboard and offer a place of refuge for loyalists fleeing from the American rebels. Forty-one American ships and 900 men are ordered to "captivate, kill or destroy" them.

The novel is told from four perspectives – both British and American, to give the reader a feel for the personal rivalries that can make or blight military expeditions. I initially found this confusing but as the story progressed, it became less of an issue.

Now I must admit that I enjoy reading historical fiction, but the American War of Independence isn't something that I've studied in any great depth, and this event was completely new to me. As usual it is apparent that Cornwell has done his research and the battles scenes are well written; yet I also felt that something was missing, a real human element.

On the back cover of my copy there is a line taken from The Times newspaper, "Cornwell's gift is to make his stories sound as though he is reporting from the front lines." Of all the books by the author that I've read this quote seemed most apt for this particular book. There is such a focus on historically accuracy that very little attention is given to the personal lives of the characters. Now I realise that this novel is a stand-alone and most of the people who appear within it are real historical figures and much of their actions is based on authentic documents giving the book a feeling of authenticity and eliciting feelings of anger and frustration to some of the characters; but whilst I enjoyed reading about an incident and people that previously I knew absolutely nothing about, overall it felt flat and one dimensional, like a news reporter trying desperately to sound impartial. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Nov 11, 2022 |
The Fort, A Novel of the Revolutionary War has been seriously researched. It is about a war that happened in Massachusetts that is not much mentioned, when studying the Revolutionary War in school, even though one of its main characters was Paul Revere. The story is gory, bloody and difficult to follow who is who because of all of the characters. The book kept its pace from the beginning until the end. However, the story just ended, hence the 3 star rating here. ( )
  lbswiener | Jun 12, 2019 |
Excellent story woven with Cornwall's typical skill around a series of true events. As is usual with Cornwall you were learning something new about the campaign itself or just basic warfare at the time with each passing chapter, and the chapters passed quickly as it wasn't an easy book to put down. ( )
  expatscot | Nov 1, 2018 |
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There are obvious parallels in Cornwell’s tale with contemporary events in modern America. We owe it to ourselves and our posterity to re-examine the actual events of the Revolution and redeem the lives of those Americans who suffered and died in miserable, out-of-the-way places like the Penobscot. Let’s skip the varnish on the statue in the town square and instead listen to the truths of the lives and deaths of the men whom that statue memorializes. Bernard Cornwell, British by birth, has served up a delicious dish of gray truth. That, friends, is love for our great nation.
 

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