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The Lost Constitution (Peter Fallon #3)

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Rare-book expert Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline, the main characters from Back Bay and Harvard Yard,are back for another treasure hunt through time. They have learned of an early, annotated draft of the Constitution, stolen and smuggled out of Philadelphia. The draft's marginal notes spell out, in shocking detail, the Founders' unequivocal intentions---the unm...more
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Published May 15th 2007 by Forge Books (first published May 1st 2007)
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Joanne Moyer
An interesting and exciting ride through history with rare book expert Peter Fallon as he searches for a lost annontated copy of the Constitution. I've read William Martin before and enjoy his back and forth progress through time storytelling.
Lynda
Living in New England and reading this book was exciting. This was my introduction to William Martin books and I have enjoyed reading his books. To relive some history during the present is always enjoyed by our family. This book encouraged me to GO and visit and dream of what was once here in America. I enjoyed the search for the lost Constitution and the pace kept me reading page after page.
My favorite part of the book... "This is America. In America we get up in the morning, go to work and w...more
Sandra
Similar to DaVinci Code. Lookingt for a lost historical document - part of the US Constitution. Author vascillates between the past and the present through a multitude of characters. I felt I needed a genealogy chart to keep up with all the characters. Some of the present day scenes weren't realistic. Read for book club - most people were luke warm to the book. The reference to the history was well done
J.W. Thompson
Dec 08, 2010 J.W. Thompson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction
A good historical Fiction. A bit long and drawn out for my taste but overall a good read
Drew
The story itself is pretty good, though I found the historical story better than the modern parts. The story is well paced and unfolds nicely. However, I found the huge cast of characters with relatively similar names, as well as the vast number of named settings, pretty difficult to keep up with. I also absolutely detested the female lead, Evangeline, because she is written as one of those headstrong people who believes "I'm right, you're wrong, and I know it so there's no need to discuss it, b...more
Bill
Too long by half, this fictional story tries to interleave a modern-day hunt for a "lost Constitution" with it's origination and much of it's history through the years. Sounds fascinating, and why I picked up the book. Not so fascinatin. Early on, it's great. Lots of detail to give it life. Even the reason for the hunt: the possible introduction of an amendment to the existing Constitution to get rid of guns in the U.S.A. is compelling.

*Possible Spoiler*

Unfortunately, too much ground is covered...more
Melissa
For the most part I really enjoyed this book, part thriller, part historical novel. This book traces a modern day search for a lost annotated draft of the US constitution, while illustrating (in alternating chapters) what happened to that draft and the lives of the people intertwined with it. The historical characters held far more interest to me than the modern ones... the modern characters apparently made their first appearance in an earlier book and perhaps that is why they seemed to me rathe...more
Jeremy Osborn
This is my new section called "abandoned", something that GoodReads might want to address, although I guess that's a conflict with site's name. And how do I rate this anyway? It's unfair to assign it stars because I can't claim to have read it.

But I would say many books are abandoned by all of us. For whatever reason, we can't finish them, and might there be a sliver of interest from others as to *why* they were abandoned?

Anyway, I wanted to like "The Lost Constitution" by all appearances it loo...more
Mike
A treasure hunt book, in the style of the National Treasure movies. After a terrorist attack is averted, Congresswoman Holden begins a campaign to repeal the Second Amendment. Both sides in the Second Amendment fight believe a lost first draft of the Constitution, with annotations by the New England delegates to the Constitutional Convention, will support their arguments. Rare book dealer, Peter Fallon and his girlfriend Evangeline Carrington, search across New England in an attempt to find it....more
Andrea
It took me a long time to really start (and finish) this book, but the more I read the more I liked it. Although it wasn't a fast read , it didn't pull me or capture my attention right away, and it wasn't one of my favorite books I did like it. In short, Peter Fallon (a rare documents dealer) is contacted by several people of various political persuasions to find a rumored/lost first draft of the Constitution annotated by delegates from New England with their thoughts on the document. Both sides...more
Brent Schultz
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Lisa
This book teeter tottered between almosts and too manys. I almost liked the characters enough to care about their safety. The search for the missing document was almost exciting. Following the lost Constitution through its history in the past interested me far more than the search for it in the present. I couldn't get enough of the "past part" of the story.

There were too many people to keep track of that wanted this document. It was hard to follow who hired who, who was a good guy, who was the e...more
Mike
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Now, as the third book with protagonist, Peter Fallon, and associated characters are becoming far more developed and less one dimensional. As the author, William Martin, has improved at his craft, subplots and relationtships are becoming more complex, motivations are more subtle, and mood and scene are more detailed. He has dialed back the break-neck speed a notch or two and lets the reader enjoy the journey.

Without revealing any spoilers, given the object of the ch...more
Sherry
I've tread all of Wm. Martin's books but one. I thoroughly enjoy his mixture of history and modern day. This book was very interesting. It told the story of an alleged first annotated draft of the constitution. The notes were written by the New England signers before the Constitution became law. Of main concern, thoughts of these signers about the ability to own guns and the separation of church and state. The story begins with the year that the New England Framers are about to sign the Constuti...more
Jessica
Mar 30, 2014 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Jessica by: family friend
Far too long and detailed. None of the characters were truly likable. lots of parts to skip over. In all honesty, after a while I quite reading and used a bit of skimming, looking at the end of the book, and reading a few reviews to find out the basic story line and ending. By the way, the ending makes the whole story not at all worth it. Really the book was pretty bad, I just like the general idea behind it.
Maxwellar
Jun 26, 2008 Maxwellar rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not
I found sections of this book interesting and fun to read but, the author is very dis-jounted, jumping back and forth between past and present. He also introduces to many characters into the book, making it difficult to keep track of were the story is going.
The idea and premise of the book are good. Slowly bringing the past into the present but it was a clumsy attempt, that should have been cleaned up in editing.

I haven't read any other books by this Author but it was almost like they through th...more
Erin
This would make a great mini-series in the 1970s...when they used to make great miniseries. I'm a sucker for the stories of families across time, so I really liked this book. It's part Centennial, part Steve Berry book. I think this book accomplishes the task better than Berry.

I loved the "flashbacks" until the book was in the Gilded Age. The author was either tying up strands quickly or I was just ready to solve the mystery. The Peter Fallon plot started out strong, but I was bored with it at t...more
Karen
I am traveling across the country so I listened to this book on the way. What a disappointment. Too much sex, too many f words and he placed WAY too much importance on the idea that an early draft of the Constitution would actually affect how people vote and think now (sorry to say, but that is my cynical view). The idea was fun (he went from modern times to Shays's Rebellion, to the Civil War to the influenza epidemic to the depression to the 70s and the 90s -- with the modern time interspersed...more
Ronald Roseborough
This reads like a New England guide on steroids. The search for a legendary first draft of the Constitution, annotated by the Founding Father's of our country, leads bibliophile Peter Fallon and his ex-wife/girlfriend, Evangeline, on a breakneck quest across the Northeast United States. The trail of the document is detailed in the history of the New Englanders who came in contact with it. The jumps in narrative are blended smoothly between past and present, allowing for an even flow which carrie...more
Angela
I'm not sure if I liked this one or not. The concept of a lost origianl first draft of the constitution is fascinating, and I liked the way the story was told during the present search and jumping backward in time to show each step the document made throughout history. But...it did have quite a bit of political mumbo-jumbo floating throughout that I though weighed the story down, plus a few explict scences that popped up quite unexpectedly. It was interesting tale though. It made me think of tho...more
Catherine
Rare book dealers search for an annotated copy of the constitution that was smuggled out of Philadelphia and then through generations lost. As the book dealers search for the document, they encounter danger and threats to their lives. It's a bit on the vein of the DaVinci Code without the mysticism. It's an interesting premise and the protagonist is believable, but it felt like there were too many twists and turns. I got bored and frustrated and sometimes lost in all of the intrigue and couldn't...more
Patrice Wiles
This series reminds me of the movie National Treasure. It's a story about an antique book collector who hears about lost books and historical items (A Shakespeare play, an annotated Constitution, a tea set from Washington). Set in both early and modern day New England, the book flips back and forth weaving two parallel tales- one building the history of the item and the second describing the search for it. The attention to detail when building the setting and the history of New England is well d...more
Money1443
I also read this book while on vacation. It was a 750 pager, but it was excellent storytelling. Martin intertwines the story between present day and past. I really enjoyed the historical part of the story as Martin uses this perspective from the late 1700's to the mid 1900's to really build up the present day adventure portion. I found myself enjoying the historical portions moreso than the present day story until the present day portion really came to fruitition. Good book along the lines of a...more
Marti
Peter Fallon and his girlfriend Evangeline Carrington are a good pair of literary sleuths. This book takes the premise that there is a handwritten copy of the draft of the Constitution with notes on it by New Englanders, which disappears. We have two stories running concurrently, starting with the early days of the nation, interspersed with present times, and a number of people trying to locate this document. There are a few places where the narrative seems to drag a bit, but overall, it is inte...more
David Donaghe
I found this to be an entertaining read. It bounces back from the past to the present following a lost annotated first draft of the U.S. Constitution. In the present a rare document expert is trying to find it, while other collectors are willing to kill for it. Some want to see what the founding father's wrote so they can use the document for political gain, while others want it for its monetary value. I recommend the book.

David H. Donaghe
Author of Monroe's Paranormal Investigations
and The Tale...more
Carlos Pedraza
A DaVinci Code wannabe, unfortunately. I'm a history buff and enjoyed the 'slice of life' approach to the parts of the novel that were set in the past. I never got a great sense of who the present-day characters really are, though, as real people. The end sort of fizzled for me, feeling too much like the ending of a teen horror flick (i.e., hero appears to escape only to be attacked one last time by the villain). I'd only recommend this to people who really like history but as literature, it lef...more
James
so many characters! hard to keep up, lots of going back to stay in touch with the story. entertaining but a long 500 page book
Judy
Much too long and drawn out. Disappointing.
Nick
I read and loved Back Bay and Cape Cod years ago, so I have familiarity with and admiration for this series. In this book, I did not enjoy the present-day scenes very much. Seemed like Martin was trying more for a thriller atmosphere and less about the intriguing search for an old document. The scenes set in the past are great.I agree with the reviewer who said that finding lost annotations from the Founders themselves would not have any great effect on our politics today.
Bill
"In the morning we wake up, we go to work, and we solve our problems"- Will Pike. Man what an irritating saying! The author used this over and over again and it made me want to scream. A book that started out cool as sh*t and ended up being a flaming turd. I really liked this book when it started. The story was gripping but it was way too long and there were many things that I feel could have been left out. A better editor would have made the book great.
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