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1777: INVASION American Revolution Historical Thriller (Dark Days, Bright Hopes) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Dulaney
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Book Description

The action is intense, frightening and sometimes bloody in this page-turner historical thriller that yanks the American Revolution off the dry pages of history text books.

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The British invaded in darkness on 265 sailing tall ships carrying 17,000 soldiers armed to the teeth.

Their plan: Arrest George Washington and the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Put them in jail to stand trial for treason. The penalty--death. Capture and occupy Philadelphia. Crush the American Revolution.

Christianne Freemont, nineteen-year-old gifted marksman, her spying twin brother Christopher and the raggedy Continental Army stand in the way.

The invading British army, beefed up with Hessian mercenaries, launched its Philadelphia Campaign in 1777 by coming ashore just 44 miles from the capital of the colonies. General William Howe, commander of the forces, expected total victory within weeks.

The history texts tell us the facts. They don’t tell of the fear of under-equipped soldiers facing down the mightiest military power of the day. They don’t detail the chaos of battle, the smell of gunpowder, the gut-wrenching anxiety of risking life and home in a near-hopeless struggle.

Women and children in the path of the invaders watched their husbands, fathers and sons march off to war. Many never came home. Many survived, maimed for life.

What was it like to be there?

What was it like to see hundreds of tall war ships landing at the head of the Chesapeake Bay?

What was it like to challenge England’s overwhelming forces with an army barely clothed and lacking arms, men, money and supplies?

1777: Invasion tells the story through the eyes of the everyday men and women who stood up to fight.

The British Philadelphia Campaign began with the Redcoat fleet sailing up the Elk River and landing at Head of Elk (Elkton) Maryland. Their first major clash with the defending Rebels came at Cooch’s Bridge, the only revolutionary battle fought in Delaware.

Set against the true history of those days, 1777: Invasion brings the struggle to life.

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  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090HZBW6
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced historical fiction September 2, 2012
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Tom Dulaney has written a brief, fast-paced historical novel regarding the arrival of British forces on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in 1777. The protagonists are a pair of nineteen-year-old twins, a young man and a young woman, who are engaged as spies for the Continental Army. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Christy Freemont, the young lady, who has disguised herself as a young man in order to take an active part in the rebellion. Initially full of romantic notions of warfare--gallantry, courage, self-sacrifice, and all that--she is gradually sobered by the realities of the conflict. Her cousin Theo is an officer arriving with the British (although his heart is with the patriots). She, her brother, and their companion, Roger, encounter several people who have relatives fighting both for and against the king. Gradually, she learns of and witnesses both the dehumanization and the deterioration of ethics and morality that affect either side in such a conflict.

Mr. Dulaney is a skillful writer who creates both character and incident with a deft hand. For example, the heavy squall that overtakes the British fleet in the Bay is a fine example of both description and narrative, and the portrait of the British General Howe is delightfully vivid and well done. Mr. Dulaney has obviously done his research, as well, for the dialog is rich in both historical and geographical information without making the characters sound pedantic.

As a relatively short piece of historical fiction, this is top-notch. The pace is brisk, the details historically accurate, the characters sympathetic and well drawn, and the tension sustained throughout. In addition to the text, Mr. Dulaney provides a sort of annotated bibliography of sources for those whose interest in the topic goes deeper than reading historical novels. If historical fiction is your meat and the American Revolution an area of particular interest, you can't go wrong with this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great War of independence book May 29, 2013
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Dulaney' s ability to make you feel like you are there spying out the British is remarkable and captivating. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1777 Invation American revolution October 3, 2013
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This was a great read looking forward to the next book it portrays the roll o of women in the fight for freedom
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a thriller April 24, 2013
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The summary and book cover says it is a thriller. Sorry, I didn't find it much of a thriller and it was pretty mundane. While there was a lot of spying going on during the Revolution that could make for a thriller, I didn't really see it here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just a bit slow. April 9, 2013
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No real development of the players in this novel. not enough history or action. There could have been much more to offer. Rather sad.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very short September 20, 2012
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This book ends at 87% on my kindle. The rest is ads for the authors other book, and notes. The formatting of this book is very messed up in several places, it is so bad that it is unreadable in those spots. It could also use a quick edit. Chrissy is more of a whiner than Luke Skywalker. If I were her brother I would send her home. On the plus side I only wasted $2.99. Wish I hadn't bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read September 10, 2012
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This story really brings the Revolutionary war to life. There is rich and surprising details that help the reader see through preconceived notions about the Revolutionary War and see the stark choices, hardships, deprivations, and courage of the people fighting against tremendous odds for their freedom. The story is told through the eyes a brother and sister who work as spies for George Washington, and their cousin who has been forced into the British Navy, and who wants to defect and join the revolutionary forces but is convinced he will be of more use to the revolutionary cause by staying at his post and spying on the British. Through these young people you can see the realities of war gradually removing the romantic ideas of honor and duty. It takes some soul searching for them to come to the understanding that even with the horrors of war, there are some things worth fighting for.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a thriller July 21, 2014
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not even any excitement or plot .xWhen done I felt no empathy for the characters. I thought the dialog was stilted and choppy. Will not read the sequel or recommend this to anyone
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historically Accurate
Probably historically accurate but sort of weak plot and story line.
Published 24 days ago by Bill P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting look at how it was during the American Revolution
Published 1 month ago by Daytona Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT
Poorly written, unlikely. Childish, simple minded.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well done Tom!
Published 6 months ago by JON HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting characters, holds your interest and remains true to the conflict. I recommend
Published 6 months ago by A Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It a book I have to read for English so I wonder what a 5 star review will get me
Published 6 months ago by Christian Nickerson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Reads as if it were written by an 18 year old girl for 12 year old girls.
Published 8 months ago by John Symonds
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I was hoping for a great story but what it turned out to be was pretty boring! I had to make myself keep reading just to finish it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JESSICA
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
While I love stories set during the American Revolution and this one is nicely written, it is too short.
Published 9 months ago by Richard Steenson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed.
The writing and dialogue were juvenile and the story contrite and definitely not a 'Thriller'. At times I began to think I was reading a comic book without the pictures. Read more
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More About the Author

Tom Dulaney graduated with a BA in Journalism from Penn State in June 1968. He served in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Special Agent based in Munich Germany until August 1971.

He has also been a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, print newsletter publisher, trade show creator and organizer, and online reporter/blogger, and novelist and fiction author during his 45 year career.

Email him at

Extended bio:

Tom Dulaney graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Journalism in 1968. He was promptly given a "position of trust and responsibility" by the US Army against his will, courtesy of the draft. He served as a Special Agent in the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Munich, Germany during the Cold War years 1969 to 1971. The 66th has a long and sometimes unsavory history stretching from Germany in World War II to Iraq (Abu Ghraib prison) and Afghanistan of late.

Dulaney covered news for The Sharon Herald, a daily newspaper in Sharon, PA, as an intern and quasi-official reporter. Though a summer intern in 1967, he stumbled onto some big stories which he handled well enough to be told by the editors: "We know you're an intern, but as far as we're concerned you're just another reporter." That was a big promotion for an aspiring journalist, putting him in the queue for story assignments with the other reporters.

He reported and edited for several Chilton Company publications, most notably Iron Age Magazine and Distribution Magazine. Though defunct and unknown now, Iron Age was once a famous business magazine of its time.

He freelanced articles for various publications, including Philadelphia's Focus business magazine and Black Careers Magazine. During his career, he's covered White House press conferences, interviewed Cabinet-level officials in Washington, top corporate business leaders in the US, Canada and Australia.

He interviewed a wide variety of noteworthy people, including astronaut Guion Bluford (first African American in space), directors of the Wistar Institute (cancer research institute), officials at Philadelphia's Union League, Weedeater inventor George Ballas when the device was unknown, and a number of the inventors who pioneered the development of the auto gyro and computer hard drives.

While a grad student in journalism at American University, he got to question Bobby Kennedy campaign manager and John F. Kennedy Special Assistant Fred Dutton, and George Reedy, Press Secretary to President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

He scored a scoop and got a memorable interview with Donald Rumsfeld when Rumsfeld was an official in the Nixon Administration. After speaking in Baltimore, Rumsfeld allowed Dulaney to hop in the limo for an interview on the drive back to Washington.

Dulaney was named "Outstanding Journalism Graduate" in 1968 at Penn State, awarded by the Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism society--now known as SPJ or the Society of Professional Journalists. A sign of the times in 1968, sadly, was the women were excluded from consideration for the award.

Dulaney was on also a team that received the Jesse H. Neal Award, called the Pulitzer Prize of Business Journalism.

In 1982, he independently began reporting on the use of computer systems for Supply Chain Management. That led to his founding of the Distribution/Computer EXPOs in 1983. While unknown to the general public, the D/C EXPOs were the No. 1 trade shows for information technology in Supply Chain Management from 1983 until 2006.

National D/C EXPOs were held annually in Chicago each May from 1983 until 2006. The Navy Pier was home to the EXPOs from the middle 1990s until 2006. Regional EXPOs were held in the Los Angeles area and various spots of the East Coast.
For the general public: Supply Chain Management brings you all the junk you buy, eat, wear, drive, ride and watch for entertainment and so on. If it's on the shelves or delivered to your door, that's Supply Chain Management at work. It's an invisible industry because it works so well. Usually.

More recently, Tom has been a contributor to Kindle Nation Daily, a leading source of information on ebooks and the ebook revolution. See it here:

Tom Dulaney passed away on November 12th, 2013.

His ebooks and short stories are on Amazon at

Tom's email address:


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