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Jeff Shaara dazzled readers with his bestselling novels Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure, and Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation.

In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command—“Fire!”—as England’s peacekeeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred.

The taut courtroom drama soon broadens into a stunning epic of war as King George III leads a reckless and corrupt government in London toward the escalating abuse of his colonies. Outraged by the increasing loss of their liberties, an extraordinary gathering of America’s most inspiring characters confronts the British presence with the ideals that will change history.

John Adams, the idealistic attorney devoted to the law, who rises to greatness by the power of his words . . . Ben Franklin, one of the most celebrated men of his time, the elderly and audacious inventor and philosopher who endures firsthand the hostile prejudice of the British government . . . Thomas Gage, the British general given the impossible task of crushing a colonial rebellion without starting an all-out war . . . George Washington, the dashing Virginian whose battle experience in the French and Indian War brings him the recognition that elevates him to command of a colonial army . . . and many other immortal names from the Founding Family of the colonial struggle—Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee— captured as never before in their full flesh-and-blood humanity.

More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the revolution, Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history’s most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill—all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. His most impressive achievement, Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

Review

“A rousing novel recounting the events that led to the Declaration of Independence.”
—The Washington Times

“HISTORY MASTER JEFF SHAARA SCORES AGAIN . . . WITH HISTORICAL ACCURACY AND A YOU-ARE-THERE IMMEDIACY.”
—The New York Post

“A PANORAMA OF EVENTS, MOTIVATIONS, AND EMOTIONS . . . By telling the story of the American republic through this compressed cast of characters, [Shaara] creates an easy intimacy. . . . Here the chief eyes through which Shaara portrays history belong to Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, and the commander of British forces in the colonies, Gen. Thomas Gage. . . . The binding threads of Shaara’s story are the insights he adds, through imagination and research, into the personalities that shaped events. . . . Engaging.”
—The Christian Science Monitor

“THERE ARE PLENTY OF MOMENTS OF HIGH DRAMA, BOTH IN THE COURTROOMS AND ON THE BATTLEFIELD.”
—St. Petersburg Times

“SHAARA’S BEST BOOK SINCE GODS AND GENERALS . . . A compelling, finely researched work that brings readers a better understanding of the men, events, and times that led to American independence . . . A book that may be fiction but is so well-researched that it will enhance anyone’s understanding of those revolutionary times and events. For Jeff Shaara, it is a battle well-won.”
—Greensboro News & Record

“RECOMMENDED . . . [SHAARA] MAKE[S] OUR NATIONAL MYTHS SING AND OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY COME TO VIBRANT LIFE.”
—Library Journal

“Shaara artfully blends ‘story’ and ‘history.’ His novels about the Civil War, Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, brought that seminal conflict to life as few works of fiction have. He now applies the same eye for character and detail to the period leading up to the first year of the Revolutionary War. . . . If you want a very readable refresher on what lies behind the Fourth of July, here’s your book.”
—The Christian Science Monitor

“The dialogue is crisp, sounds authentic, rings true. . . . The problem with historical fiction is that the reader already knows how the story will end, so the best writers provide something more, retelling the story as the participants themselves experienced it. In this Shaara excels. . . . A splendid account of the hardening of a people who believed in an idea worth risking the loss, in their words, of their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.”
—Trenton Times

“Good historical fiction . . . [A] cast featuring John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and British commander Thomas Gage has inspired Shaara to produce lively text. Some passages are frankly magnificent.”
Morning Star-Telegram (Ft. Worth, TX)

“Masterful . . . Once more breathing vigor and passion into the dusty annals of history, [Jeff Shaara] demonstrates an ever-growing level of literary competence in the first installment of his projected two-volume saga of the American Revolution. . . . Richly embroidered with portraits of such heroes as Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson, the tapestry chronicles America’s plunge toward liberty.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sweeping and turbulent, Rise to Rebellion rarely fails to satisfy the reader who appreciates historical fiction done with style, accuracy, sensitivity, and analytical skill. If there were questions about whether Shaara would live up to his literary pedigree, this should be the book to finally silence the doubters.”
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Jeff Shaara dazzled readers with his bestselling novels Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure, and Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation.

In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command??Fire!??as England?s peacekeeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred.

The taut courtroom drama soon broadens into a stunning epic of war as King George III leads a reckless and corrupt government in London toward the escalating abuse of his colonies. Outraged by the increasing loss of their liberties, an extraordinary gathering of America?s most inspiring characters confronts the British presence with the ideals that will change history.

John Adams, the idealistic attorney devoted to the law, who rises to greatness by the power of his words . . . Ben Franklin, one of the most celebrated men of his time, the elderly and audacious inventor and philosopher who endures firsthand the hostile prejudice of the British government . . . Thomas Gage, the British general given the impossible task of crushing a colonial rebellion without starting an all-out war . . . George Washington, the dashing Virginian whose battle experience in the French and Indian War brings him the recognition that elevates him to command of a colonial army . . . and many other immortal names from the Founding Family of the colonial struggle?Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee? captured as never before in their full flesh-and-blood humanity.

More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the revolution, Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history?s most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill?all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. His most impressive achievement, Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.


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Jeff Shaara dazzled readers with his bestselling novels "Gods "and Generals, "The Last Full Measure, and "Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation.
In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command--"Fire!"--as England''s peacekeeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred.
The taut courtroom drama soon broadens into a stunning epic of war as King George III leads a reckless and corrupt government in London toward the escalating abuse of his colonies. Outraged by the increasing loss of their liberties, an extraordinary gathering of America''s most inspiring characters confronts the British presence with the ideals that will change history.
John Adams, the idealistic attorney devoted to the law, who rises to greatness by the power of his words . . . Ben Franklin, one of the most celebrated men of his time, the elderly and audacious inventor and philosopher who endures firsthand the hostile prejudice of the British government . . . Thomas Gage, the British general given the impossible task of crushing a colonial rebellion without starting an all-out war . . . George Washington, the dashing Virginian whose battle experience in the French and Indian War brings him the recognition that elevates him to command of a colonial army . . . and many other immortal names from the Founding Family of the colonialstruggle--Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee-- captured as never before in their full flesh-and-blood humanity.
More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the revolution, "Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history''s most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill--all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. His most impressive achievement, "Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the  New York Times bestselling author of  A Chain of Thunder,  A Blaze of Glory,  The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and  Gone for Soldiers, as well as  Gods and Generals and  The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic,  The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg.

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THE SENTRY

March 5, 1770

He had been in Boston for nearly eighteen months, had come ashore with the rest of His Majesty’s Twenty-ninth Regiment after a miserable journey down from Halifax. The troops had been summoned to the boats by their commander, General Thomas Gage, had been told only that they were going to the Massachusetts colony to maintain the peace. Few had any idea how that peace might be threatened, and nearly all saw the journey as an escape from the lonely isolation of the king’s most northern port. When they finally marched out of the cramped warships, they moved into a town where the people did not welcome them, did not provide homes or hospitality. Now, after nearly two years, the conflicts between the citizens of Boston and the soldiers had become more than the unpleasant argument, the occasional barroom brawl. The discipline of the troops had begun to slip; men became frustrated by the hostility around them, the taunts and minor assaults, and when the officers were not close, many of the soldiers had begun to strike back. The citizens had responded to the anger of the troops with anger of their own, and gangs of young men armed with clubs and the occasional saber began to patrol the dark alleys outside the pubs and meeting places of the soldiers. The fights were more numerous now and were sometimes bloody. While the local magistrates were quick to arrest and prosecute, both sides protected their own, and no one had any illusion that the law could protect the innocent. Inspired by the newspapermen, who presented each incident in passionate detail, playing up the seething hostility, the citizens were more and more restless, fueling the growing anger toward the British troops. To many civilians, this military occupation was oppressive, and even those most loyal to the policies of London recognized that the presence of the troops was dangerous; with the right spark, the minor disturbances could explode into a bloody disaster.

His name was Hugh White, and he had served in the Twenty-ninth Regiment for nearly three years. He had little ambition, had no particular designs on promotion, considered the corporal above him to be a far better soldier. He rarely spoke to the officers, was not a face or a name that anyone would ever single out. But today, he had been singled out, given a job that most in his company would dread. The duty was not for punishment of some indiscreet act. It was simply his turn. And so he stood guard in front of the Custom House, shivering against the sharp cold in a small wooden guardhouse, standing sentry to a place that would rarely attract attention.

He moved around as much as the cramped space would allow, touched the walls on three sides of him, felt the rough cold wood. His fingers were numb, and he flexed them, then pushed one hand hard inside his coat. He glanced out beyond the guardhouse and saw only a few citizens moving quickly through the cold, ignoring him. He cast a glance down toward his hidden hand bulging in his coat, flexed his fingers again, worried about being seen. He thought of the drill the week before, the sergeant scolding the men to keep their decorum, maintain their dignity, especially on guard duty. That meant hands by your side. He eased his head outside the guardhouse, looked toward the doorway of the Custom House, saw no one, felt relief. Perhaps even that old sergeant would understand, he thought. It’s just too cold. He put his other hand inside the rough wool, pulled his arms up tight. He blew out a sharp breath, thinking that if he stood up stiff the way they told him to, his fingers would probably fall off.

The musket leaned up against the wall close beside him, a light glaze of frost on the black steel. The guardhouse was really only a narrow box, not much larger than an upright coffin. But it kept away the awful bite of the wind, the sharp cold that blew deep into your bones.

Early that morning, the assignment of guard duty had made him smile, and if the others laughed and teased him, he had only thought of relieving the boredom of the barracks. Now he imagined what the others were doing, playing cards, the profane talk. His father had warned him of the bad influences, and he could still see his mother’s tear-stained face, watching as her boy marched away to join this army. She didn’t want me to go, he thought. They expected me to work that land, still expect me to just come home and be a farmer, like them. They don’t know anything else. He remembered the look on their faces when he had come home, the brief visit before the Twenty-ninth had boarded the great ship to sail West. He had stood tall, waited as his father moved around him, inspecting the uniform, even touching the dull red coat, could still see his mother’s shock, her young boy now grown into this soldier. Their response had disappointed him. They had not seemed as proud as he had expected, seemed more worried instead, gave him more sharp scolding to keep himself clean, to avoid the awful deadly temptations that only a parent fears. I wish they could see me now, he thought. This is important, guarding the Custom House.

He hadn’t even been inside the building, but he knew the rumors. There was supposed to be a huge vault filled with silver, the customs duties paid by the ships as they brought their goods into the port from England or from the islands far to the south. He hoped it was true, had no reason to doubt the importance of his duty, was proud of his responsibility, guarding the king’s currency. If those chaps back in the barracks knew how much this post means to the king, they wouldn’t laugh, they’d be out here, doing the duty. He glanced at the musket, then out again to the wide street, the hard-packed ice and snow, heard the stiff breeze whistling through the cracks in the crude wooden walls of the guardhouse. He wanted to drift away, tried to imagine the scene: Private White, holding away the bandits with his bayonet, ordering the riffraff to move away, and his mind spoke out, the voice loud and firm, In the name of the king . . .

He shivered now, and the image would not stay. He wriggled his fingers again, glanced toward the street once more. The locals didn’t much care for them, he knew. He wasn’t educated in politics; few of the private soldiers were. They had been surprised at the hostility from many of the citizens, and when they had marched away from the ships, they had been told that they would have to camp on Boston Common, since there were no open doors for them in private homes. But camping outdoors in tents could be deadly through the New England winter, and the commanders had struggled frantically to find accommodations. Finally, those in the town whom the officers called Tories and who did not seem so resentful of the troops began to open their doors, leasing buildings and warehouses, some even renting out their own homes. Now two winters had passed, and the duty was mostly monotonous, painfully boring. He had spent much of his time simply standing at drill in the common, marching in formation, parading in line down the side streets. He stamped his cold feet and wondered why so many of these people hated the British so. All we do is march around.

Many of the soldiers had begun to seek part-time work in the town, some spending their off-duty hours working jobs that would ease the boredom and provide a little more cash than their low army pay. But there was resentment for that as well, the citizens protesting that the troops were taking valuable jobs badly needed by the men of Boston. It was not long before the resentment turned violent. He had seen some of the fights, most inspired by strong drink, a sudden and accidental confrontation in an alley or outside a pub. But the violence had continued to grow, the fights larger, and men on both sides had seemed to organize just a bit, small gangs of citizens and troops, both looking for some satisfaction, some way to relieve the constant hostility. He had seen the man with the bloody wound, three nights ago, the first real wound he had ever seen. He thought of the man—John Rodgers, another young private—his skull split open. The anger in the barracks had brought the officers in, stern words, threats of punishment. But even the soldiers who had not been a part of the fights knew that there would be more violence.

He had endured the insults himself, knew better than to walk the streets alone, even off duty, out of uniform. He still didn’t understand the anger. We’re just keeping the peace. He said the words again in his mind, the first orders he had heard, even before they left the ship. Keep the peace.

He moved his legs, stepped in place, tried to relieve the numbness in his feet. He leaned out past the protection of the guardhouse, felt a stiff breeze on his face, pulled back inside. It’s pretty peaceful tonight. Too cold for the officers, that’s certain. They’re all inside, probably eating their hot food. He could see the main guard building, and down the street the headquarters for His Majesty’s forces. He felt a rumble in his stomach, began to think of the supper that waited for him back in the barracks. He could use a cup of tea right now. He tried to imagine the steam rolling up on his face, but the wind suddenly blew hard against the guardhouse, and now he could hear something else, voices, shouts. He leaned outside again, saw a group of men moving in the street, turning toward the Custom House. He watched them, counted maybe a dozen, then saw more men coming around a corner a block down the street. He had been warned about the gangs, all the troops understanding that they were targets for the bands of rough young men. He shivered again, made two tight fists inside his coat, watched the men moving across the street, coming closer to the Custom House. Now the voices were clear, and he saw one man point at him, felt his heart jump in his chest. They began to move straight toward the guardhouse, straight toward him. He pulled his hands from his coat, reached down, gripped the musket, leaned it up on his shoulder. Make a good show, he thought. No one will get past. They will not dare. He watched them move closer, realized they were young, teens perhaps, saw one bend down, scooping up the snow, rolling an icy ball in his hands. There were more shouts, and suddenly the boy threw the snowball at the guardhouse. White flinched, heard the dull smack against the wall, felt his heart pounding, said aloud, “Move along now. This is no place for play.”

The faces were all looking at him, and he expected to see smiles, the playfulness of boys, but there was something new, unexpected, anger, and now more snowballs began to fly. The boys moved closer, their aim more true, and he felt a splatter of snow against his chest. The laughter came, but they did not move away, the fun was not over.

White stepped outside the cover of the guardhouse, felt his own anger rising, looked at the faces, the voices jeering, calling out to him. One boy suddenly lunged closer, and White watched his hands, expecting something, another snowball, but the boy said, “What kind of man are you? A filthy lobster-back!”

White tried to ignore the boy, glanced again at the door of the Custom House, saw the door open slightly, faces peering out, the door closing again. White began to move toward the steps at the doorway, but the boy jumped in front of him, close, reached out and grabbed at the uniform, began to shout, “Dirty lobster-back,” and White swung the musket around, the butt striking the boy’s face. The boy fell backward, a sharp cry, and now there was silence from the mob as White stared at the boy. My God, stop this. He moved up the steps of the Custom House, close to the doorway, saw the young faces watching him, could see out past the mob now, more men coming forward, older men, some in suits, staying back, watching. He felt his hands shaking, tried to grip the musket, shouted, “Leave this place! Move away!”

The injured boy was crying, shrieking, “You dirty scoundrel! I’ll see you dead!”

The voices began to answer, more curses, the boys moving closer again. The snowballs resumed, hitting the door of the Custom House, and suddenly something dark flew past his head, a thick piece of wood, making a sharp cracking sound against the wooden door behind him. He shouted again, “Back! Stay back!”

He could feel his hands shaking, the icy numbness giving way to a rising wave of fear. The jeers from the mob were growing louder, and the officer’s words suddenly came to him again: Keep the peace. He clamped the musket under one arm, his hands still shaking, reached inside the cartridge box at his waist. He felt the stiff paper with his numb fingers, fought through the pounding in his chest, the training taking hold, the fear giving way to the deliberate motion. He tore at the tip of the paper cartridge, poured powder into the pan at the breech, clamped down the lock. He set the butt of the musket down on the step, slowly slid the cartridge into the barrel of the musket, prodded it down the long barrel with the ramrod. Now he pulled out the bayonet, slid it hard on the barrel, a sharp twist, and lowered the barrel, pointed it out toward the crowd. His heart was racing, and he felt a surge of strength, the fear growing into raw excitement. He expected to see the fear in their faces, the respect for the soldier with the loaded musket, the great strength of the army, but the voices were louder still, and now another stick struck the door behind him. He could see more sticks, the crowd moving slowly forward, one voice shouting, “Shoot us! Go ahead, shoot us! You coward! Shoot us and be damned!”

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Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
This is my kind of history. Totally engaging. The whole book is broken into small chapters and lets each of the characters speak. It takes you into the thoughts of Franklin, John Adams, Sam Adams, General Gage, and many others involved in the first and second Continental... See more
This is my kind of history. Totally engaging. The whole book is broken into small chapters and lets each of the characters speak. It takes you into the thoughts of Franklin, John Adams, Sam Adams, General Gage, and many others involved in the first and second Continental Congress. It may be a novel, but it accurately speaks to the years of events such as the Stamp Act, Townshend Act, how the Declaration of Independence was developed by Jefferson and so on. It took a lot of debate back and forth since a lot of the colonist were still loyal to King George and really wanted to settle for peace between England and America. The big deal was taxes levied by the King, enforced by his royal governors and the colonist not be recognized as English citizens. It brings in the battle of Bunker Hill, the siege of Boston, the Boston tea party and the Boston massacre and explains how it really happened. A very entertaining and educational book highly recommended.
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Outstanding
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020
I learned more about the American Revolution from this book, and it’s sequel The Glorious Cause, than I did in years of accelerated/advanced history classes in high school, a minor in history in college, and yes, being required to memorize verses of the Midnight Ride of... See more
I learned more about the American Revolution from this book, and it’s sequel The Glorious Cause, than I did in years of accelerated/advanced history classes in high school, a minor in history in college, and yes, being required to memorize verses of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere in 7th grade. It is history that reads more like a gripping novel, and I have no doubt that were these works to be required reading in public high schools that within a generation we would see a rebirth in a deep appreciation of the rights our forefathers gained for us, and a greater will and desire by the present culture to hold on to these rights.
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Every United States Citizen should read this!
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2017
This is the best historical fiction book I have read. Jeff Shaara has accurately portrayed the historical events in a story that every person who lives in this United States should read so they understand exactly how (and why) we became these United States! He takes the... See more
This is the best historical fiction book I have read. Jeff Shaara has accurately portrayed the historical events in a story that every person who lives in this United States should read so they understand exactly how (and why) we became these United States! He takes the boring names, dates, and places out of history and makes them come alive in a real page-turning novel. If our history and government teachers would only give the why and how--the REAL details leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and, ultimately, The Revolutionary War--in an interesting way, maybe students would actually learn about the founding of this great country and the sacrifices that were made for it by many of our ancestors. And, in turn, maybe they all would respect our country for what it was meant to be, and help protect it from becoming what we broke away from. Jeff has done this. This should be required reading in our schools.
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Fictionalized words and deeds superimposed onto real events
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
I find history interesting, but a dull history book could kill one’s interest in history. Maybe that’s why some people like the genre of historical fiction. For some historical fiction, the historical events simply serve as a backdrop for the story. That allows the... See more
I find history interesting, but a dull history book could kill one’s interest in history. Maybe that’s why some people like the genre of historical fiction. For some historical fiction, the historical events simply serve as a backdrop for the story. That allows the characters to be as interesting and the events to be as exciting as the author chooses them to be.

For others, like this book, the historical events are key; and so the characters’ words and deeds simply serve as a plausible guess of what may have really transpired. That allows the characters be appear more authentic and in tune with the times, but also less interesting. And the better job the author does (and as Jeff Shaara did), the more the distinction between reality and fiction blurs.

Jeff Shaara made a noble effort with this book. He surmises what Ben Franklin’s saw and did during his time in London. He covers the Boston Tea party, first shots fired at the Concord bridge, the “don’t fire ‘til you see the whites of their eyes”, the British troops’ evacuation of Boston and the signing of the Declaration of Independence (the point at which the book ends). You get a good idea of why these events occurred as well as what the timeline was between these events.

BUT there was a lot more debating than shooting during those early revolution times. And no matter how good an author you are, writing about individual debates that may have taken place during those times just weren’t that interesting to me. And the debates that may have taken place when the Continental Congress met were even less interesting to me. If those debates had been recorded, at least the debates would be of some historical value; but these words are just Jeff Shaara’s guess as to what might have been said.

Bottom line: I’m not a fan of historical fiction, so just 2 stars from me.
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This is not an indictment of the author...
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2019
I really wish Amazon would have been more clear on the fact that this is FICTION. The only place I even finally found that it was "historical fiction" is in little, tiny print. Not my type of history book. Just wanted to leave this in case it helps somebody else. Wish I... See more
I really wish Amazon would have been more clear on the fact that this is FICTION. The only place I even finally found that it was "historical fiction" is in little, tiny print. Not my type of history book. Just wanted to leave this in case it helps somebody else. Wish I could return it.
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Excellent
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2017
I am a big fan of Jeff Shaara. His books are the best historic fiction that I''ve read. He does a masterful job putting the reader into the lives of some of history''s most pivotal characters and making you see their perspectives while also learning a lot of history. This... See more
I am a big fan of Jeff Shaara. His books are the best historic fiction that I''ve read. He does a masterful job putting the reader into the lives of some of history''s most pivotal characters and making you see their perspectives while also learning a lot of history. This book is one of his best and describes the beginnings of the American Revolution. I feel like I have a much better understanding of a topic that I was already knew well. His writing is clear and crisp, and he does a good job making complicated issues understandable. This is outstanding for any history fan.
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I love a hardback
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2018
Note: This review is about the binding, not the content!!! I love a hardback, so of course I paid up and bought this in a hardback version. Don''t do that. It''s quite small -- about the size of a mass-market paperback -- and thick. The pages are printed too large... See more
Note: This review is about the binding, not the content!!!

I love a hardback, so of course I paid up and bought this in a hardback version. Don''t do that. It''s quite small -- about the size of a mass-market paperback -- and thick. The pages are printed too large for the binding, so you really have to pry the pages open to read all across the page. Frustrating! Since it was beyond the return period, it went in the trash. I bought the paperback version, which is half-again as large as the hardcover (!?).
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Fantastic novel of the American Revolution!
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2013
"Now, after nearly two years, the conflicts between the citizens of Boston and the soldiers had become more than the unpleasant argument, the occasional barroom brawl. The discipline of troops had begun to slip; men became frustrated by the hostility around them, the... See more
"Now, after nearly two years, the conflicts between the citizens of Boston and the soldiers had become more than the unpleasant argument, the occasional barroom brawl. The discipline of troops had begun to slip; men became frustrated by the hostility around them, the taunts and minor assaults, and when the officers were not close, many of the soldiers had begun to strike back."

Opening with the skirmish often called "The Boston Massacre", Shaara puts the reader smack dab in the middle of a conflict that led to the American Revolution. I''ve read many Shaara books, and Rise to Rebellion definitely meets the bar set by his others. In typical Shaara fashion, he divides the book into chapters presenting the points of view of various central characters. Here, to name a few, are John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Lt. General Thomas Gage and George Washington. Having the perspectives of a British officer and also Ben Franklin (situated in London), gives the reader a well-rounded look at events from both sides of the ocean.

Well researched, I felt Shaara gave a good sense of who these characters were. You could sense the passion of Adams and the wit of Franklin. In fact, I couldn''t help but cheer when Franklin confronts Loyalist Dickinson with the hard truth of King George''s feelings towards to the colonists. In addition, the opening battle scenes of this war were done from both the strategic angle and from the personal vantage of the characters Shaara portrays. That, in my opinion, is the best way to help the reader understand the human and technical aspect of war. It''s also one of the reasons I enjoy Shaara''s historical novels so much.

Happily, Shaara''s accounts of the American Revolution are not finished for me. I can''t wait to read the next in this two-part series, entitled "The Glorious Cause".
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Syd
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The beginning of the end
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2020
A detailed account introducing the main players showing the rise of a rebellion badly handled by leaders who may have been good at talking but showed little evidence of the basic skills needed in. ,such a situation
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David
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The War of Independence.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2020
A clear view of events leading to the war of independence told from the various standpoints of those closely involved. Great read.
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Ultimatule
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so well written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2015
I just can''t read these fast enough, really draws you in and I can''t put it down.
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Malcolm
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A gripping read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2013
I was looking for a record of the war of independence but nothing too heavy. This book fit the bill.Informative,accurate and an interesting read, giving the strategic overview as well as the reaction of key individuals both British and American. Looking forward to obtaining...See more
I was looking for a record of the war of independence but nothing too heavy. This book fit the bill.Informative,accurate and an interesting read, giving the strategic overview as well as the reaction of key individuals both British and American. Looking forward to obtaining the second volume to see how it ends !
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Roben
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A well researched Historical narrative.
Reviewed in Australia on May 4, 2021
I thought the ending was a tad abrupt and left me looking for more. Well researched and truthful to the point of being painful for some readers. There will no doubt be adverse reactions to the book from those who wish to change history to suit their preconceived notions of...See more
I thought the ending was a tad abrupt and left me looking for more. Well researched and truthful to the point of being painful for some readers. There will no doubt be adverse reactions to the book from those who wish to change history to suit their preconceived notions of the era and its major characters and politics. I thought the Kindle price was a tad expensive? Overall an entertaining read from a well respected author.
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