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1777: INVASION American Revolution Historical Thriller (Dark Days, Bright Hopes) by [Dulaney, Tom]
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  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090HZBW6
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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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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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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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I have been reading books that sometime are looked over for one reason or other and this is such a book but I am glad that I chose it.
It takes you on a journey that some of got just a touch of when we had History in school.
It adds people, places and events that happened and what so many on both sides lost.
It shows that war is not exciting in actuality but usually principal that men and women jump on the band wagon and dance but
leave others to do the work.
It held my interest and want to study history in a different way, I would highly recommend it.
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The book was poorly written; felt like something you'd be assigned in the sixth grade. It was also very short and leads you right up to the pending battle of Brandywine, and then just ends, with no conclusion. Very disappointing, but hey what do you want from a $.99 Kindle book. I won't be picking up the sequel.
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By Nora Kelly on 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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In 1777: Invasion, Tom Dulaney has crafted a well-researched historical novel about the early days of America’s Revolutionary War. His protagonists, nineteen-year-old twins, Christy Freemont (who is masquerading as a boy) and her brother, Chris, are spies for General George Washington’s army. They observe and report on the landing of British General William Howe and 17,000 troops on the Elk River, in Maryland. Excitement mounts as Christy and Chris continue their clandestine activities following Howe as he moves his men north toward Philadelphia and the armies face each other at the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge.

“More than 265 vessels in the fleet struggled up the bay, tacking left and right again and again into the unfavorable winds….The shallow bay rose into a frenzy of choppy waves. The tall ships heaved and fell, wallowing from side to side….the lightning struck in continuous flashes. The booming thunder rolled ceaselessly, pounding ships and men.” Dulaney has done a fine job of incorporating his research into his text for a dramatic yet easy read. His descriptions are emotional as well as factual and include interesting information, such as the crippling effect of bad weather on the British troops, their horses and supplies; the differences in fighting styles between the traditional European battle formations of the British and the Patriots’ incorporation of guerilla tactics; the variety of old and contemporary munitions, and the diversity of the combatants’ uniforms.

The dialogue in 1777 is well-written and Dulaney’s characters are well-developed.
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