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Meet 'the king of the historical thriller' (Providence Journal). William Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, an award-winning PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult classic horror movie, too. He is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to the Sierra foothills during the California Gold Rush. His latest, December '41, sweeps us across America in the weeks after Pearl Harbor and has been hailed as "propulsive," "cinematic,' and "riveting" by critics. He was the recipient of the prestigious 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose bo ...more

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Patriot's Day, Boston, 2013

I am going to bed. No more to learn tonight. This was a terrible thing on a beautiful day on Boston's biggest annual weekend, when we celebrate the beginning of the American Revolution with the oldest marathon in the world. Somebody - or somebodies - saw a twenty...-six mile long target of opportunity. It might be Islamic terrorists. It might be homegrown wackos. We don't know yet. But they took a Read more of this blog post »
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" HARVARD YARD picks up with Peter and Evangeline twenty years later. And that book is followed by four more Peter-and-Evangeline adventures. There will ...more "
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"It was a phenomenal book from the first page to the last. What I enjoy most about Martin’s style is that he seems to write 2-3 books and intertwines them together into one. Plot twists abound here, and the book offers a journey through the pages that" Read more of this review »
December '41 by William Martin
"Today, I have a guest reviewer for you. My husband Paul read the book, and then he and I discussed it. Here are some of his thoughts.

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕚𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥:
This story occurs right after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, as the U.S. goes to war. Spa" Read more of this review »
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"William Martin gives us a scintillating chase across America at Christmas time in 1941. The true gift of the novel is the humanity of all the characters from the protagonist to law enforcement to victims and assassins. An edge of your seat thrill rid" Read more of this review »
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“A man will be known by his books.”
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“And the violence we will reap,
Is bred from the anger we sow.”
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“And part of growin’ up is learnin’ to see the world through other men’s eyes.”
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HISTORICAL FICTION POLL "C"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests. You will only receive one notification per poll. There will be simultaneous polls so please make sure to vote in each one.

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Book 1 of the Hornblower Saga) by C.S. Forester C.S. Forester C.S. Forester

MR. MIDSHIPMAN HORNBLOWER BY C.S. FORESTER
 
  8 votes, 22.9%

Alaska by James A. Michener James A. Michener James A. Michener

ALASKA BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  4 votes, 11.4%

Kidnapped (Scholastic Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson

KIDNAPPED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
 
  3 votes, 8.6%

Men of Iron by Howard Pyle Howard Pyle Howard Pyle

MEN OF IRON BY HOWARD PYLE
 
  3 votes, 8.6%

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik Naomi Novik Naomi Novik

HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON BY NAOMI NOVIK
 
  3 votes, 8.6%

Burr A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

BURR BY GORE VIDAL
 
  3 votes, 8.6%

Creation A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

CREATION BY GORE VIDAL
 
  3 votes, 8.6%

Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts Kenneth Roberts

RABBLE IN ARMS BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  2 votes, 5.7%

Julian A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

JULIAN BY GORE VIDAL
 
  2 votes, 5.7%

The Lively Lady by Kenneth Lewis Roberts Kenneth Lewis Roberts

THE LIVELY LADY BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts Kenneth Roberts

NORTHWEST PASSAGE BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

Lincoln A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

LINCOLN BY GORE VIDAL
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

Space by James A. Michener James A. Michener James A. Michener

SPACE BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

Texas A Novel by James A. Michener James A. Michener James A. Michener

TEXAS BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Citizen Washington by William Martin William Martin

CITIZEN WASHINGTON
 
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