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L'ultima fortezza

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  4,992 ratings  ·  494 reviews
John Moore è poco più di un ragazzo quando, nell'estate del 1779, viene mandato a difendere, alla testa di un pugno di uomini, un avamposto britannico a est del Massachusetts, durante la guerra di indipendenza americana. Da quell'ultima fortezza, in cima a un boscoso e impervio grumo di terra che domina la baia di Penobscot, la corona inglese spera di organizzare la propri ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja scienza, 536 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Longanesi (first published September 30th 2010)
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Jason Koivu
I tired…HA! I meant to write "I tried…" but I'm going to leave that typo in, because it's suitable. I tried reading The Fort and I tired of it.

Unless they're causing me to pull out my pubes or take a potato peeler to my eyeballs, I don't like to give up on books. However, as I neared the halfway point of this American Revolution historical fiction by Bernard Cornwell, I realized I had no investment in the characters and little interest in the story. The tweezers and spud peelers beckoned ominou
Nick Brett
In Britain we had a brilliant cunning plan - we shipped out convicts to Australia and our religious nutcases over to the newly discovered America. In retrospect we are well aware that we should have left these two groups at home and shipped ourselves out to the paradise of Australia and the land of plenty that was America. But I digress, let's roll forward to the point where America tired of British rule, British Kings and, more importantly, British taxes. Obviously an unreasonable attitude but ...more
When you read history (or in this case, historical fiction), you often learn something unexpected, and in The Fort, something not very pleasant about our country’s beginnings. Cornwell unveils the virtually unknown military disaster of 1779, when a large force of American revolutionaries tries to dislodge a newly established British encampment on the coast of colonial Massachusetts (future Maine). It is not surprising that this battle has not been covered. I can only shake my head and wonder how ...more
Richard Mulholland
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, fiction
This is not the usual Cornwell book in that there was no one central hero. However, after battling through the quite slow (but necessary) first quarter of the book, I really started loving it. Especially the introduction os Lt. John Moore. Growing up my great aunt would often read me my fav poem about the Scottish hero:


by: Charles Wolfe (1791-1823)

Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
As his corse to the rampart we hurried;
Not a soldier discharged his
MINI REVIEW: This smoothly written book covers the mostly unknown Penobscot Expedition of the American Revolution. According to some historians it was the worst naval war blunder since Pearl Harbor.

Paul Revere is shown to be an arrogant incompetent suffering court martial after the failed attempt against the British (but he appealed it under peculiar circumstances later); prickly Commodore Saltonsall is the fall guy in an attempt to have the other states cover the costs and General Peleg Wads
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fort is Cornwell's look at the Penobscot Expedition of 1779. The British Secretary of State for the Colonies Lord George Germain, the 1st Viscount Sackville, and his Under-Secretary, William Knox, were responsible for the war effort and wanted to establish a base on the coast of the District of Maine (which until achieving statehood in 1820 was a part of Massachusetts) that could be used to protect Nova Scotia's shipping and communities from American privateers and raiders.

The Massachusett's
Milo (BOK)
Disappointing. An OK read but expected better from Cornell especially given the time period. First Cornell book that I've not enjoyed.
Charles  van Buren
Charles van Buren


5.0 out of 5 stars

excellent, history filled Bernard Cornwell novel

March 8, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

This novel is based on a military action in what was then a part of Massachusetts but is now Maine. The Penobscot expedition is not one of the better known battles of the American War of Independence. Possibly because it was a major defeat and for many decades, the worst U.S. naval defeat.

Cornwell usually does his research and I noticed no glaring historical inac
Paul Pessolano
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Fort" is the story of a very little known conflict during the Revolutionary War. The battle took place in Upper New England at Penobscot Bay. The battle took place on both land and sea, but is best known as the greatest naval disaster in American History prior to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The English, in an attempt to establish a base of operation, sent a small expeditionary force of both men and ships to build a fort and naval base. The force consisted of less than a thousand so
Bernard Cornwell is widely known as "Britain's storyteller." The Sharpe novels, the Grail Quest trilogy, "Stonehenge," the Warlord Chronicles, and the Saxon Tales are all steeped in the legends and lore of Britain and western Europe. True, with the Starbuck novels and "Redcoat" Cornwell has written a bit about America, but in general his prolific pen has focused on matters on the east side of the pond.

With "The Fort," his latest novel, Cornwell balances the score a bit. "The Fort" focuses on the
Nancy Ellis
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Penobscot Expedition of 1779 is the worst US Naval disaster before Pearl Harbor. It's a perfect lesson in how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I found this book very difficult to read because of that fact. It seemed as if every page delivered a new disaster and/or stupid move by incompetent leaders of the Colonial forces. I felt the frustration of better commanders and soldiers having to obey what they knew as utterly mindless orders and wanted to smack the stupid general. A battle ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is one of Bernard Cornwell's best books.

His Rebel series covered the American civil war; this
concerns the Independence period and a time when parts of the north, north America
were dangerously poised between the old world and tea party officials.

It's the latter we're concerned with here and the rather parsimonious number of stars garnered overall bear no relation to the book's quality.

It is stellar.

I've read quite a lot of Bernard Cornwell and there's usually a fair amount of boilerplate
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This book could easily be subtitled "Paul Revere is a Cowardly Jerk," and the author pokes more than a few holes in the myth of Boston's favorite revolutionary, although he is not the primary character in this book. In The Fort Cornwell breaks from his usual tendency to focus on a single character's point of view, except when necessary for the story. In this book, he jumps around from character to character, which made it harder to get into the book initially. While the story is historically acc ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made Me MAD!! it's very well-written, as are all of BCs books. I won't get in to what angered Me, as it will ruin the story. This is a GREAT book.
Ken Hammond
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
The Fort
by Bernard Cornwell
The story of the American revolutionary war, a little known battle (of Fort George) outside of military historian circles I would imagine. As it stands as an American defeat it was probably conveniently forgotten about publicly but hard lessons would have been taught internally and never forgotten. As a historical work of fiction based on events over three weeks in July and August of 1779.

This is my first Bernard's story that I've tried (having only seen a few a of
Hayden Hoover
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some might say that this book was boring or this book was not interesting enough but I found that this book was most helpful in understanding history through a more enjoyable context than a textbook. Considering it as a novel, it was one of the most interesting historical novels I have ever read. In this novel by Bernard Cornwell was published in 2010 and is not the typical Bernard Cornwell book. Bernard Cornwell is typically known to write historical fiction from the time periods such as the Na ...more
Mike Farrell
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good historical novel by Bernard Cornwell

The Fort tells the story of a small battle fought during the American Revolutionary War in Majabigwaduce, Massachusetts (now Castine, Maine) in 1779. Of course, as Cornwell is British author, he chose to write about a British victory that had no real effect on the outcome of the war.

Majabigwaduce is a peninsula jutting south into Majabigwaduce Harbour. In June 1779 the British decided to occupy the peninsula in order to secure the harbor for Briti
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dori's Xmas present. Great Read. Got me into Bernard Cornwell :)
Interesting book. I'm so glad I read it.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-1779
The author is passionate about providing detailed information while showing the story. The research is incredible and some information I had to look up and was anxious to do so to keep up. Lots of detail on Majabigwaduce and the Penobscot River. I needed to take a few breaks as I plowed through this book .
Who were Paul Revere, Dudley Saltonstall and Solomon Lovell?

Paul Revere as artillery commander joined a force of 1,000 troops led by Brigadier General Lovell to board Commodore Saltonstall’s fl
Phil Altimas
this is a retelling of a an historical event
if you are into this genre it might grip you but it didnt me
at times it was boring and at times it was hard to keep track
Nathan Trachta
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this thru Amazon’s Vine program because I’ve enjoyed Mr. Cornwell’s works in the past and was intrigued by this taking place in Maine. I can honestly say that The Fort was unique for Mr. Cornwell’s work; at least for what I’ve read. Rather than having one protagonist and an antagonist, Mr. Cornwell gives us the perspective of three sides from a fairly neutral position; that of the British, the American land, and the American maritime. Interestingly the American land perspective is the majo ...more
Wayland Smith
Paul Revere has a legendary reputation as a hero of the American Revolution... mostly because of a poem written about 100 years later. Highlights of the real "Midnight Ride" include the facts that Revere was one of three riders, he didn't actually make it all the way, and there are reports that he turned in a bill for his services.

The Fort covers Revere's only other notable action in the War: the virtually unknown Penobscot Expedition. Cornwell is a skilled historical fiction writer. This is hi
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Died in the wool, Cornwell fans,
I've read 43 of Bernard Cornwell's books. I doubt if I ever gave any of them a rating of less than 4 stars, most of them 5. This offering was excruciatingly boring and if the author had been anyone other than Cornwell, I would have abandoned the book half way through. As it is, I skipped through the last 200 pages reading the first and last sentences of paragraphs or inferring where the story was going as I skimmed along the surface. I did read the Historical Notes word for word and realized the ...more
Ian Dowling
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that I would note about this book is while, yes, it is a historical novel, it is still a non-fiction story with historical events. It's sort of like the Assassins Creed games if anyone has ever played those. They contain historical events and characters, but the story is not historical. Now, I'll just get straight to the point and say that I like this book. Going into it, I had assumed it would be boring and move along slowly because it was about a relatively small battle that I ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bernard-cornwell
This wasn’t one of Bernard Cornwell’s best novels, but it had nothing to do with his writing. Never his writing.The mission this book is about was a long, drawn out mess, and as such, I think the reader gets that feeling from the story.

The first 150 pages, or so, were the hardest to get through. Between preparations, planning and character introductions there wasn’t a whole lot going on and the story moved very slow. I didn’t initially connect with any of the characters.

Also, not being very fa
Another excellent read from an author who can do no wrong in my eyes.

Initially I heard negative publicity about this book; at least one person whose opinion I highly value told me it was very dull and difficult to read, so I expected the worst.

I never found it.

Cornwell's job is to recreate a little-known battle, The Penobscot Expedition, from the American War of Independence, bringing to life the characters on both sides. Thus we get to learn about real-life historical figures - Lovell and McLea
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe Bernard Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction I've read. He doesn't disappoint here. Near the end of the American Revolutionary War, the summer of 1779 to be exact, the British began trying to establish a fort and naval base on Penobscot Bay in far northeastern Massachusetts which would later become the state of Maine. From there they could challenge patriot privateers and shelter Americans still loyal to the king. Massachusetts sent a large fleet of warships and pr ...more
Dylan Quarles
I did not seek this book out I simply came upon it at the library. That said, it was still somehow a huge disappointment.

I should have read the reviews here before dedicating time to reading it as they would have warned me that, The Fort is really a book about screw ups and cowards. As an American, it embarrassing.

Perhaps the author is English, in which case this book is about an "against the odds" victory over rebel villains.
Either way the ending is so bad it doesn't matter which country you
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother's maiden n ...more
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