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Peter Fallon and his fiancée, Evangeline Carrington, return in another page-turning adventure that spans the centuries from the creation of the U.S. to the present. To help the cause of freedom, Alexander Hamilton and others issued a series of bonds called New Emission Money, most of which was either destroyed or used. In the present, during the height of the financial crisis, it appears that a stash of these bonds exists. If true, the value, with more than 200 years of compound interest, would be immense. Fallon and Carrington race to find the bonds by following the historical trail, while the contemporary Supreme Court makes a decision as to the true value of the currency. Martin has a winning formula, and it shines again here. Readers follow the money and get to travel back in time and meet fascinating characters, while, in the present, Fallon and his soon-to-be wife prove to be thoroughly compelling protagonists. Fans of Martin’s previous works and readers of historical thrillers will find this one a worthwhile investment. --Jeff Ayers


"William Martin's books are an addiction.  A fine mix of historical fiction and modern quest novel, with plenty of action and bad guys, they are pure fun, story-telling at its finest."
--Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assasin
“A fast-moving political thriller...”
--The Boston Globe on The Lost Constitution

“A master storyteller.”
--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A rip-roaring page-turner. A perfect read.”
--The Boston Globe on Back Bay

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321971
  • ASIN: B004IK9E4G
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his boyhood, William Martin loved what he later called "big stories on broad canvases." He read the novels of C.S. Forester, Dickens, and western author Will Henry. He sat transfixed by the big movies of the early sixties. So after college he went to Hollywood to try his hand at screenwritng but quickly found that his instincts were better suited to novels. His first, "Back Bay," introduced treasure hunter Peter Fallon in a new kind of adventure that joined the contemporary mystery-thriller to the historical novel. In his nine novels (including four best selling Peter Fallon adventures), Martin has tracked national treasures across the landscape of the American imagination, chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history, and brought to life legendary American locations, from "Cape Cod" to "Annapolis" to the "City of Dreams." He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary on the life of Washington and a cult-classic horror movie, has contributed book reviews to the Boston Globe, and has taught writing across the country, from the Harvard Extension School to the famous Maui Writers Conference. He lives near Boston with his wife and has three grown children. His work has established him as a "storyteller whose smoothness matches his ambition."(Publisher's Weekly) And he was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region."

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Full disclosure right off the top: I'm biased because I think William Martin is the best historical fiction writer on the planet. I've read all his books and he hasn't once disappointed. Additionally, about 18 months ago I reached out to him to say my wife and I would be traveling from Texas to Boston - and asked if he would be willing to meet us. To my surprise, he answered yes, and we spent nearly two hours together discussing his books and career. (Then he pointed us toward the Boston Public Library and told us about a `hidden secret.' Seems his fondness for mystery occurs outside the pages of his books.)

We stayed in touch by e-mail, and he sent a few updates that his latest novel was "really coming together nicely." Well, I finished reading "City of Dreams" last night, and one recurring thought kept popping into my head: "How on earth does he do this?" Somehow, Mr. Martin is able to take a sliver of historical fact and create incredibly spellbinding fiction. Even though he personally shared with me his approach to writing, I can't get my arms around how he brings it all together in an `I'm going to stay up late and keep reading because I have to know what happens next" story.

An immediate difference you'll notice in "City of Dreams" compared to his previous novels is it's not so much a family history that Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington are uncovering as it is a series of unrelated characters who continue to hold and pursue the valuable bonds over 200+ years. The actions and coincidences that bring them together are quite intriguing.

One thing that remains consistent is the incredible depth of his characters. You'll find yourself feeling deep emotions - and you'll become friends with the good guys and have a strong disliking for the bad ones.
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A box of 18th century bonds is hidden somewhere in New York City. If cashed today, they'd be worth over a billion dollars. And Peter Fallon is in a race against time to find them.

In City of Dreams, the latest thriller by William Martin, fan favorites Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington are back - this time to solve the mystery of the missing bonds. As Peter and Evangeline race through New York, they uncover the tales of those who have harbored the box through the years. Meanwhile, the intricate, pulse-pounding plot takes us back through time as far as the American Revolution, where historical figures are given vibrant voices alongside some of Martin's own best characters yet. Fallon's cult following in Boston will surely forgive their hero's Yankees-cap disguise as Martin captures Manhattan as a character in its own right, breathing life into the Bowling Green, Tammany Hall, Hell's Kitchen, and the emerging skyline over the Hudson.

City of Dreams is a roller-coaster ride through the streets and centuries of a New York both gritty and glamorous - a page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end. For fans of history, thrillers, and masterful story-telling, it's a "must-read" for summer.
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'Here' in William Martin's new historical novel, City Of Dreams, is New York City. Once again Martin's Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington are on the hunt. This time for the root of all evil. Money. Peter Fallon receives the message, 'Can I interest you in saving America?' Those of us who have followed the Fallon/Carrington team in three of William Martin's former novels - Back Bay, Harvard Yard and The Lost Constitution - know that this is a challenge Peter Fallon can't resist. In the past Fallon and Carrington have searched for a Paul Revere Tea Set, an original Shakespeare manuscript and an annotated copy of the Constitution of the United States. Now Peter and Evangeline are in New York City, the real City of Dreams, and it's all about the Benjamins. They are looking for $10,000 in bonds from revolutionary times, guaranteed by the U. S. government in perpetuity and worth, in compound interest since the 1780's, more than one billion dollars. Only New York City, the financial capitol of the world, is the fitting setting for this story. Through Peter Fallon and Evangeline's search for these bonds, Martin shows us the financial history of this great city. This in depth look into the Big Apple begins in 1776. One of the earliest characters in this novel is Captain Alexander Hamilton. And there's a cameo appearance by George Washington, too. Meeting these major figures in our history through William Martin's eyes connects us immediately to his story and to history, as William Shakespeare as an early character in Harvard Yard does. It's William Martin's story and, as Americans, our story.

City of Dreams takes us up to our recent financial collapse.
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I just finished enjoying the banquet that is "City of Dreams" and was satisfied beyond even my high expectations. William Martin nailed it with this one. The characters are vibrant, the story is compelling and exciting and everything fits together so tightly it resembles a fine Swiss watch. Peter and Evangeline are at the top of their form and the plot is delectably complex. As in "The Lost Constitution", Martin reminds us that yesterday's challenges and the underpinnings of so much of what challenges us today are directly linked. He did an excellent job of taking an issue that can be a hot button on both sides of the political spectrum and highlighting the details in a way that makes "black and white" interpretations impossible. He challenges his reader to think, but more importantly to rethink important issues with the advantage of accurate historical context and he does it by entertaining them thoroughly in the process. I recommend this book in the strongest possible terms to readers of historical fiction, contemporary thrillers, and to anyone else who loves a wonderful reading experience.
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