If you enjoyed David McCullough's exquisite biography John Adams, I highly recommend you try this captivating novel of the Revolutionary War. Like his bestselling books based on his father's Civil War epic The Killer Angels, Shaara tells the story from the perspectives of the people involvedin this case John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and British General Thomas Gage. Read more...
If you enjoyed David McCullough's exquisite biography John Adams, I highly recommend you try this captivating novel of the Revolutionary War. Like his bestselling books based on his father's Civil War epic The Killer Angels, Shaara tells the story from the perspectives of the people involvedin this case John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and British General Thomas Gage. Having read John Adams, it seemed like visiting an old friend. Ive rarely read two books that compliment each other so well. Read Rise to Rebellion. You wont be disappointed.
In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command--"Fire!"--as England's peacekeeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred.
Yet a taut courtroom drama soon broadens into a stunning epic of war, as King George III leads a reckless and corrupt government in London toward the escalating abuse of his colonies. An extraordinary gathering of America's most inspiring characters--Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, John Adams, George Washington, and others--confronts the British presence with the ideals that will change history.
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The early work of novelist Jeff Shaara was inevitably compared to that of his father, Michael Shaara, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel The Killer Angels. With his first two novels, Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara completed the Civil War trilogy his father had begun. The younger Shaara went on to write a best-selling novel of the Mexican-American War (Gone for Soldiers) and in his latest work, he shifts his focus to the American Revolution.
Shaara says his new book is the first of a two-part saga exploring the full sweep of the conflict that gave birth to this republic and routed the British after a brief but bloody war. Again choosing to go inside the minds of the principal players, he selects four of the most powerful personalities of the era: John Adams, Ben Franklin, George Washington and General Thomas Gage, the commander-in-chief of British forces.
Opening with a brief biography on each of the essential characters, Shaara leads us through the fast-moving American uprising that first protested, then sought to overthrow English colonial rule. Shaara uses the characters of Adams, Gage and Franklin to create a behind-the-scenes feel for the maneuvers on both sides.
The book succeeds in its effort to show how a real revolution is mounted, with men and women of varying personalities struggling to form a new nation under the penalty of reprisal and death. In much historical fiction of this period, the life of British society among the American colonials is shortchanged, but not here. Shaara provides a fascinating glimpse of the British ruling class in all its stiff, autocratic complexity. Some of the book's finest scenes come when his supporting characters are allowed their time on the page, including such familiar names as Sam Adams, Lord Hillsborough, John Hancock, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson, Tom Paine and William Pitt.
Not content with a panoramic view, Shaara also explores how deeply the pressures of revolt cut into the social fabric of the day, splitting families and severing friendships.
Sweeping and turbulent, Rise to Rebellion rarely fails to satisfy the reader who appreciates historical fiction done with style, accuracy, sensitivity and analytical skill. If there were questions about whether Shaara would live up to his literary pedigree, this should be the book to finally silence the doubters.