To Try Men's Souls (Revolutionary War #1)
Bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen turn their sharp eye for detail on three men in the middle of the Revolutionary War and the birth of America.
ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ It is the night before the crossing of the Delaware, one of the most iconic events in American history, and General Washington is full of doubt.Â The harsh winter and repeated defeats have di
Having not previously read any of the historical fiction novels by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen (who I assume does much of the “in the trenches”work on this), I was very pleasantly stunned by how terrific this novel was. The story is engaging and very well written and it’s clear that it was also painstakingly researched. Yet, despite the significant amount of historical detai ...more
What I did not expect was that this reader, who is hyper-critical of construction and grammar and judgmental of a writer's craft, would find himself reading through tears, not once, not occasionally, but again and again as the story unfolded, revealing the deep d ...more
Well, there's no combat to speak of, till the last fifty pages. About three quarters of the book is Washington crossing the Delaware -- but it's all men tripping, falling, cursing, muddy trails, snow down the back of the neck, endless paragraphs about innocent farm boys shivering uncontrollably and dying slowly. I mean, I get it -- heroes make sacrifices. But I've seen William Forstchen write novels where the combat action is red-ho ...more
This excellent historical fiction account of the year 1776 features iconoclastic personality Thomas Paine, the rapscallion author of The ...more
Highly entertain but in my case at least will force me to do some more s ...more
The plot struggled to stay afloat, and the character development seemed forced. I appreciated the details and insight regarding the revolutionary conflict, but I couldn't get engaged due to some of the novelistic contrivances.
Some strengths of the text include the very clever manner Tom Paine gets the ideas and inspiration for his famous "The American Crisis" pamphlet. It is historical that Paine traveled with ...more
Sadly, this post is a first on AdoptingJames. It is my first negative review.
I asked Sarabeth if I should even write a negative review since I’ve taken it upon myself to shed light on the great books/movies I discover. But my last book review shed light on dark patches on an otherwise raving review. Perhaps I’m heading in a new direction.
Published in in 2009 by MacMillan Audio
Read by William Dufris, Callista Gingrich and Eric Conger
Duration: 12 hours, 23 minutes
To Try Men's Souls is a powerful piece of historical fiction that focuses on three men in the American army at its lowest point in the Revolutionary War - right before the famed surprise attack on the Hessians at Trenton. The story follows three men - one is a New Jersey private with family on both sides of the war, the other two are Geo ...more
Washington combines a mixture of stealth, wisdom, and careful military strategy as they overran British forces at Trenton. Gingrich and Forstchen make the story come alive with vivid detail and rich storytelling. To Try Men's Souls is ...more