(re-posted due to the blog gremlins eating the original post)
Crossing the River brings to life General Thomas Gage’s failed attempt, April 19, 1775, to seize and destroy military stores stockpiled at Concord by the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Characters of high and ordinary station confront their worst fears. Illustrating the internal conflicts, hubris, stupidity, viciousness, valor, resiliency, and empathy of many of the day’s participants, Crossing the River is both a study of man experiencing intense conflict and the resultant aspects of high-risk decision-taking
This is a sweeping, epic historical novel of the time leading up to the first battles in the American Revolutionary War.
The Author obviously put a great deal of effort into researching this period, as is apparent when reading the novel. He writes as if he were writing in 1775, using the language as it was used then, in his dialogues and describing scenes as they would have been described by contemporary writers of this age.
There is a large cast of characters in this novel of both factions, and this allows us to view the complex situation and unfolding events from different perspectives including, on the British side, different class perspectives too. Each character is well rounded, and given a back story which helps the reader to relate to them, and understand their motivation for doing the things they do. However, for some, there may seem to be an overwhelming number of characters, but considering the topic, this could not have been written any other way.
For military battle buffs out there, this has something for them too, as his descriptions of the battles and the military interaction between Officers and Soldiers is first class.
This novel is a must read for all lovers of historical fiction and military fiction, and I am curious to know if the Author will write a follow up to this novel, given the wealth of resources available to him.