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Redcoat Paperback – April 15, 2003
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Cornwell's command of historical detail is one of the great strengths of his writing..." -- Washington Times
"Electrifying . . . [Cornwell] is a master at describing battles as observed by the participants." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
After the first 150 pages Redcoat really starts to take off. The second half of the novel is definately some of Cornwell's best. While there isn't as much of the typical huge battles the story and the action are top notch despite that. (Most of the story takes place during the British occupation of Philadelphia)
Redcoat is definatly a worthy read as well as being worthy of a sequel.
Don't miss it.
Although I had not read any of his "Sharpe's" series - based upon the Napoleonic-era British Army - the fact that Cornwell has been so well-received as a historical novelist gave me hope going into this book that he would capture the period of history with which I am so familliar. Now, having read "Redcoat," it is with slight disappointment that I must report only a moderate success.
Cornwell enfuses his novel with a contemprary style of historical fiction writing seen more recently in the works of Jeff Shaara (who recently wrote his own two-volume Revolutionary War series), which is to say that the reader experiences a "you-are-there" sense of history, meeting legendary characters as if meeting old friends on the street.
Throughout "Redcoat," we meet such famous historical figures on a regular basis - Sir William Howe, commander of His Majesty's Army in North America; Sir Henry Clinton, his successor; Rebel General Charles Lee; and, in a knowing, insider's wink at history, we even see Captain John Andre and Peggy Shippen introduced to each other, igniting a relationship which will later result in ignomy for both of them (but that, of course is another story).
Cornwell's description of battle sequences, too, are unparalleled for their realism and accuracy and include enough historical detail (such as the 40th Foot "going to ground" in the Chew House at the Battle of Germantown) to delight any student of the era.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
different from Cornwell's other American stories...I think he is better telling about BE stories...will continue to buy and read his stuff.Published 1 day ago by Red Ryder
As a fan of the author's Sharpe series, one of the best series I've ever read (other than the India prequels) this was a real let down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John A. Lefcourte
Any novel by Bernard Cornwell is a great read. have read all of the Saxon novels and this is my first one from a different era. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike
This book tells a story of the American Revolution from both the British and the American perspective. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Frances Smith