Calling this book one of the best historical novels of the year is only the beginning of the praise it deserves; in its wit, excitement, and sometimes mordant insight into human nature...Do yourself a favor this autumn: skip the latest doorstop biography of Washington and read this wonderful book instead. --Steve Donoghue, OpenLettersMonthly.com/blog/
Chacko and Kulcsar prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there's always room for genuine talent at the literary banquet; Gone Over is a fantastic novel, brimming with great characterizations, shrewd commentary, effortlessly evoked historical settings, and dialogue that positively shimmers...the writing is antic and lively the whole time...Under no circumstances miss this book. It's very enthusiastically recommended. -- HistoricalNovelsSociety.org
From the Publisher
Gone Over is a daring reinterpretation of the thrice-told story of Israel Potter. Herman Melville had a turn at this Revolutionary War biography, but David Chacko and Alexander Kulcsar go far beyond anything previously attempted. Based on in-depth research into the life of Potter and the men around him, it presents a comprehensive look at the panoply of the secret War of Independence.
Everyone knows how this story ends, but few know these outsized characters as alive and conflicted as they are in Gone Over. The inevitable American victory is set against chaos in England as Potter returns to his estranged wife and a country that has lost a great part of its future. Suffice to say that history has little use for superannuated spies, and that Israel Potter is a casualty of the trade he has learned so well. And of course the stock market crashes with a calamitous noise heard round the world. That rings true, too.