Sunday, October 24, 2010
By: Bernard Cornwell
Audio Book - DNF
Rated 0 Stars
I would have never believed that Bernard Cornwell could wrire such a boring book if I hadn't tried the book myself. It's simply mind numbingly dull.
On Aug. 14, 1779, a New England fleet, including a 32-gun frigate and the entire Massachusetts Navy, and 14 transports, was destroyed — sunk, scuttled, blown up, or captured — by a British squadron in Penobscot Bay. It was a disaster matched only at Pearl Harbor some 162 years later. Bernard Cornwell gives this little-known event his usual on-the-ground treatment, backed up by a detailed historical note. What will startle local readers is Cornwell's revisionist depiction of the iconic Paul Revere, the expedition's artillery commander, as petulant, insubordinate, and downright incompetent.