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The White Cockade: A Novel of the American Revolution (edição 2021)

por Mark James Miller (Autor)

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Título:The White Cockade: A Novel of the American Revolution
Autores:Mark James Miller (Autor)
Informação:Black Rose Writing (2021), 303 pages
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The White Cockade: A Novel of the American Revolution por Mark James Miller

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A historical novel set in Boston and the surrounding environs in the lead-up to the start of the American Revolution. My reading palate is mostly non-fiction (especially history), so I was pretty familiar with the important historical figures mentioned. I did my best to frame it as "historical fiction" focusing on the fiction part and not the historical sides, but I can't guarantee it didn't affect my view point. I did notice a few anachronisms and know one important character was completely out of place in the story; that's not that important, though, so not a big deal. So with that said and those caveats...

I thought the book was pretty mediocre overall; as one LT member notes, ti seems like it's written at a high school/young adult level, but there's not hing in the description or materials available that indicate that. The overall writing is boring and dull; "Tell, Don't Show" seems to be the imperative when it came to writing. Entirely too much of the plot is advanced through characters stating (usually quite flatly) their feelings/thoughts/what is going on, and not enough in describing both what is going on and especially how people feel about it. There are a lot of minor characters, and several seem to have no real purpose whatsoever (there was one character who I kept thinking would be important to advancing the story in someway but does nothing has only the most useless of arcs). I do not learn enough about anyone other than the two main characters to care much about them either way. The main character isn't very well developed and while we see him participate in many important events, he always feels like just a random person rather than someone with agency who has to make choices. I didn't feel for him one way or another.

Fine enough read overall if you're a high-schooler into historical fiction, but it definitely feels like you could get a better book for not very much work, either. ( )
  Blackshoe | Nov 18, 2021 |
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A year in the life of a son of a shipbuilding family at the end of the Colonial era and the very beginning of the fight for independence from Great Britain. The characters are clearly done and many could have been with us as our family did reenactments of that war and lifestyle. It was a good read with minimal contextual errors and I did enjoy it!
The best part is that I won it in a LibraryThing Giveaway! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Nov 8, 2021 |
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The Hartford’s of Boston are a wealthy, happy family at the beginning of the American Revolution. The older brother Walter is eager for the war to begin and took part in the Boston Tea Party. Josiah, Walter’s brother says he will never fight in a war. The story takes a turn when Josiah is caught up in the fighting and Walter is captured by the British.

This is Josiah’s story as his life changes in war and with the woman he loves. This is a nice story with action, war and romance. It is not heart wrenching or very suspenseful but you can easily fall in with Josiah and follow where he leads. ( )
  pkg427 | Oct 23, 2021 |
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This book has its moments, but my overwhelming feeling at the end was it was finishing because of a page count requirement or the idea it would cover a year or so, rather than because the story was at its end. The novel follows Josiah, recently graduated from Harvard and starting to pick up the family ship-building business from his father, while his brother is secretly part of a group of Americans intent on growing resistance to the British administration and soldiers in Boston. When fighting breaks out, it's Josiah who happens to be passing by, rather than Walter, who gets swept away into it.

I think the book was trying to focus on too many characters and as a result left some of them hanging. Other things were just painfully obvious, like Josiah and Mercy going back and forth about if they wanted to marry each other, the time never being right to one of them. And the drinking problems in one of the chapters towards the end pretty much just came and went within a chapter, not giving any great depth to the characters involved.

Despite the issues, the story was pretty engaging and easy to follow. ( )
1 vote queen_ypolita | Oct 17, 2021 |
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Seemingly written to a high-school audience, The White Cockade, unfortunately, doesn't match up to my expectations. However, if you're in the target audience you'll find a unique story about a family living during the Revolutionary War. I loved historical fiction when I was younger, and I expect you'll love this book too. It just wasn't for me. ( )
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