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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,506 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Robin Bowerman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 forty vessels and some one thousand 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 eighteen-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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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a rousing yarn of clashing personalities, crashing cannons, and lively musket and bayonet work, along with spies, cowardice, and moments of incredible bravery. Cornwell presents a fascinating, accurate, and exciting history lesson enlivened with a generous blast of gun smoke and grapeshot.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cornwell fans and readers who enjoy historical military fiction will find this a readable and thoroughly researched account of an obscure Revolutionary War battle.”

    Library Journal

  • “Illuminating the battle from all angles and telling the story from both sides, Cornwell once again offers a fresh perspective on a stirring episode in martial history.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Chivers | 2/17/2014

    " Pretty good, but not one of Cornwell's better ones. About a Revolutionary War non-battle really. Hard to write about an attack where the main story is the Americans failure to press the attack - i.e. what didn't happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by George Johnston | 2/7/2014

    " It wasn't as good as his Sharp or Norsemen series of books but i find his one off stories not to be as good as his serial stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 2/3/2014

    " Right up there with Jeff Shaara's Revolution books. I enjoyed being taken to an aspect of the Revolution I was completely unfamiliar with. A real Paul Revere buster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clint | 2/2/2014

    " Interesting look at a small battle in the American Revolution, written from the brits side. Told this way, I dont know how we won. Paul Revere was a pretentious, selfish coward and the American Commodore was incompetent. If the war went like this... "

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