The Whiskey Rebels
I’ll tell you right off, I hate novels that are written in alternating chapters. My complaint is that one story is never allowed to develop without the interruption of another story, and though David Liss is a skillful writer, and the stories eventually intersect quite artfully, I still think it’s a lazy way to put a novel together. I know, I know, “try it yourself and see how easy it is…” Well, no, I won’t, but that doesn’t make it any less an irritation. The double-edged savi...more
Part potboiler, part history lesson, part financial treatise, part love story, part adventure tale, this highly entertaining novel by Goodreads author David Liss takes us back to the early days of America in the 1790s, when Alexander Hamilton was setting up the Bank of the United States, America was developing its first stock markets, and the frontier border was in the rugged woods of Western Pennsylvania.
"The Whiskey Rebels" is based on real historical events -- not only a financial crisis that...more
Looking forward to reading what I'm guessing is going to be another great historical fiction - this time set in the early founding days of the Good ol' USA.
And I was correct - it was both another great historical fiction from David Liss AND set in the early days of the US! A page-turning great historical fiction novel.
Without giving much away the story focuses on early America where going "west" meant Pittsburg. Hamilton is in charge of our countries finances a...more
Liss is deeply steeped in the historical details of the post-revolutionary government, but you never find yourself climbing over over-stuffed boxes of information; the story rolls along from the opening pages and really doesn't let up. And given the current state of banks and economic markets it is (if a historical novel can be!) re...more
David Liss's bestselling historical thrillers, including A Conspiracy of Paper and The Coffee Trader, have been called remarkable and rousing: the perfect combination of scrupulous research and breathless excitement. Now Liss delivers his best novel yet in an entirely new setting – America in the years after the Revolution, an unstable nation where desperate schemers vie for wealth, power, and a chance to shape a country's destiny. Ethan Saunders, once among General Washington's most valued spie...more
These are the questions that David Liss addresses in his finest novel y...more
David Liss makes it easy to become comfortable and familiar in this time period with his extensive use of period words and phrases. The jargon and accents...more
The author, David Liss, does an exceptional job of seamlessly combining real historical figures and events with delightful and interesting fictional ones, to create a subtle, multi-faceted plot filled with spies, double-crosses, villain...more
Joan Maycott is de...more
I had a copy of the The Whiskey Rebels in my audio library for a year or maybe two before I listened to it. It is spooky how so many of these themes are still so current. Once I started listening to it, I realized I had been overlooking a gem. This novel opened up for me a window into American history I never thought much about. I vaguely remember lectures on how shaky America was after the Revolutionary War...more
Liss in true Liss form! I adored A Conspiracy of Paper and A Spectacle of Corruption and enjoyed greatly The Coffee Trader. Mr. Liss is a writer with several gifts, and seemingly displays them to their best advantage in works of historical fiction. (I was no fan of The Ethical Assassin since it felt undeveloped and unfinished to me.)
Most unusually, Mr. Liss can take any business conflict and make it into a story. He tells us the story of the business panic that in part led to...more
I, myself am surprised that I liked this book so much as I did. For one, historical fiction is really quite hit or miss with me. (That isn't to say that I don't like it, rather that my tolerance can be low.) Also, I rarely ever like alternating chapters as a method to tell a story unless it is because there simply is no other...more
"The Whiskey Rebels" is a historical novel, set in the 1790s, that has authenticity and the ring of long hours of research, but it's a rip roaring yarn as well. When I tell you that it concerns intrigue swirling around Alexander Hamilton's fiscal policies and the establishment of the Bank of the United States, you may be tempted to rem...more
Welcome to 1792.
In his fourth novel, The Whiskey Rebels, Liss takes readers back to frontier America where determined patriots plot to bring about the collapse of the new Bank of the United States, the brainch...more