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Victory at Yorktown

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Victory at Yorktown

George Washington Series, Book 3
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New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues—a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause

It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. At last, two crucial reports reach Washington. The first is that the French have briefly committed a fleet to the American coast. The second is that British General Cornwallis, driven to distraction by protracted warfare in the Carolinas, has withdrawn into Yorktown. Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history. He will force-march nearly his entire army south more than three hundred miles, in complete secrecy, counting on a blockade of the Chesapeake Bay by the French navy, fall upon Cornwallis, and capture his entire force. It is a campaign ladened with "ifs" but the stalemate must be broken, otherwise America, after six long years of war, will crumble.

Sgt. Peter Wellsley must pave the way for the army, neutralizing any loyalists who might provide warning. On the other side, Allen Van Dorn receives reports from civilians that something is afoot and is tasked to find out what. As Wellsley moves to block any leaks, Van Dorn tries to penetrate the screen. When one of the former friends is captured, both must decide where their true loyalties lie during the heat of the Battle of Yorktown, as Washington's professional army, once a "rabble in arms," executes the war's most decisive contest.

New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues—a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause

It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. At last, two crucial reports reach Washington. The first is that the French have briefly committed a fleet to the American coast. The second is that British General Cornwallis, driven to distraction by protracted warfare in the Carolinas, has withdrawn into Yorktown. Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history. He will force-march nearly his entire army south more than three hundred miles, in complete secrecy, counting on a blockade of the Chesapeake Bay by the French navy, fall upon Cornwallis, and capture his entire force. It is a campaign ladened with "ifs" but the stalemate must be broken, otherwise America, after six long years of war, will crumble.

Sgt. Peter Wellsley must pave the way for the army, neutralizing any loyalists who might provide warning. On the other side, Allen Van Dorn receives reports from civilians that something is afoot and is tasked to find out what. As Wellsley moves to block any leaks, Van Dorn tries to penetrate the screen. When one of the former friends is captured, both must decide where their true loyalties lie during the heat of the Battle of Yorktown, as Washington's professional army, once a "rabble in arms," executes the war's most decisive contest.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 17, 2012
    Politico Gingrich and historian Forstchen combine their talents to produce their entertaining third historical about George Washington during the American Revolution (following To Try Men’s Souls and Valley Forge). This time the authors cover the war’s dark days from 1780 to the climactic Battle of Yorktown in 1781, vividly bringing to life the hardships, despair, and troubling leadership decisions confronting Washington after six years of brutal warfare. Stuck in New York, the weakened Americans face the powerful British army and navy, with Washington wondering if the French fleet will ever join the fight. When tactical victories in the South confound the British and force General Cornwallis into fortifications in Yorktown, Va., Washington sees the opportunity to strike a decisive blow that will bring victory to him, his army, and his French allies. The novel colorfully and accurately portrays Washington and other historical figures as they struggle with tactics, strategy, logistics, intelligence, meddling politicians, and petty rivalries. Less powerful is a sappy fictional subplot about an American officer and a British officer, two friends in love with the same woman. Still, this is exciting historical fiction, offering insight into just how close George Washington and the Americans came to losing the war.

  • AudioFile Magazine The latest Gingrich/Forstchen collaboration starts out with a looming execution: George Washington's rebels are planning to hang a British spy in the wake of their betrayal by Benedict Arnold. The hanging and the emotions it causes permeate the novel. William Dufris follows the authors' lead and concentrates on emotions: Washington's sadness in missing Martha, soldiers' concern for families behind the lines, mixed feelings about the hanging of the British spy, the charged atmosphere as the army parades. The drama surrounding the battle at Yorktown emphasizes the rules and sense of honor of the military on both sides. Listeners interested in military history will be familiar with the story but intrigued by the emotions. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
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