The Fort

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Robin Bowerman
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots - the only British troops between Canada and New York - harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists.
In response, Massachusetts sends a fleet of more than 40 vessels and some 1,000 infantrymen to "captivate, kill or destroy" the foreign invaders. Second in command is Peleg Wadsworth, a veteran of the battles at Lexington and Long Island, once aide to General Washington, and a man who sees clearly what must be done to expel the invaders.
But ineptitude and irresolution lead to a mortifying defeat - and have stunning repercussions for two men on opposite sides: an untested 18-year-old Scottish lieutenant named John Moore, who will begin an illustrious military career; and a Boston silversmith and patriot named Paul Revere, who will face court-martial for disobedience and cowardice.
Grounded firmly in history, inimitably told in Cornwell's thrilling narrative style, The Fort is the extraordinary novel of this fascinating clash between a superpower and a nation in the making.


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"Grounded firmly in history, inimitably told in Cornwell's thrilling narrative style, The Fort is the extraordinary novel of this fascinating clash between a superpower and a nation in the making." ( review)


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I've loved 35 books by Cornwell: this one -- no

It's hard when your favorite author puts out a book which is just simply so tedious you can't finish. I believe Cornwell is nothing short of a genius so I cannot imagine why he chose to use as a story line a particularly unimportant piece of history and then have no character driven drama aound it.

I'm mystified,
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- Clayton


I am a huge Cornwell fan. I have read every book he's written and the Sharpe's books at least twice. The man can make soap bubbles sound exciting; but not this time. The numerous characters took a long time to develop and then the lead characters didn't do very much in the book. He created some likeable characters but didn't really test them or put them under the gun. I love history so I didn't mind the trivial side notes and the historical detail but this info didn't add much to the story. Usually Cornwell takes the historical detail and weaves it into the story in a way that allows the reader to "feel" the history and it is done so artfully that it enhances the story and puts the reader in the middle of the action. Instead this book felt disjointed and the characters and events somewhat random and disconnected. Sometimes the side notes were interesting, like the dialogue where the militia has to eat crow and request help from the continental regulars but there was no follow up in the story where this information comes back as part of the story. I wanted to know what happened and how the event affected the outcome but the author never explained. The book takes a long time to break into action and the tone of the book at first seems rather light and the characters somewhat comical, then boom the battle starts and body parts start flying. I was somewhat startled by the transition. One of the things that I enjoy from this author is the anticipation of the action. Usually as the characters are developed in a Cornwell book they are placed in increasingly tense situations and conflict until the whole story starts to race downhill. By the time the reader is thrust into the battle sequences the story is at a full gallop and the reader is right in the middle of the action. Not this time. The reader was also very weak. I will pretend that Cornwell's evil twin wrote this one and will wait with unbridled anticipation for the next Cornwell novel.
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- Patty Akers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-28-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio