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Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and The Battle of Brooklyn

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Saving Washington Film Rights Optioned by Producer of HBO's Big Little Lies

The lost story of “America’s 400 Spartans”—an army of unexpected heroes who changed the course of history.

On a marshy Brooklyn battlefield on August 27, 1776, four hundred men from Baltimore, Maryland assembled to do battle against a vastly superior British army. Seemingly overnight, these young sol
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Permuted Press
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Thanks to Netgalley and to the editor. I received this book in exchange for an honest review
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Ero davvero curiosa di leggere questo libro, perché parla di un argomento di cui non sapevo assolutamente nulla. Certo, la storia a grandi linee mi è nota, dato che è ambientato durante le guerre di indipendenza americane, però qui l'autore decide di raccontarci i particolari di una battaglia e, cosa ancora più interessante, l'autore si domanda cosa abbia spinto dei ragazzi a prende
Lora Shouse
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An action-filled and fast-paced book, especially the last half which describes the actual battle.

This is a fictional account of the battle of Brooklyn in the Revolutionary War, a battle that is not often mentioned even in histories of the Revolution, and about which not much is actually known even today.
Josh Bolton, the son of a merchant, and his friend, Ben Wright, a free Negro, live in Baltimore and are not initially very interested in politics. Josh’s mother, in particular, is not anxious for
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Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who loves reading Historical Fiction. My favorite subject being American History I could not wait to dive into this book. I of course knew all about George Washington’s army escape from New York at the beginning of the American Revolution.At least I thought I did. It must be admitted I was never aware of the Maryland 400 and their part in the battle and their sacrifice.

I think the author gives us a very good understanding of the turmoil of the times and the leading up to the revolutio
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Full review available on my blog.

My fear was that this book was going to be boring, and that certainly was not the case. My second fear was that it was going to be riddled with historical inaccuracies. The thing with that fear is that I would have to know a reasonable amount about the events in order to be able to spot those inaccuracies, and I do not. So with that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. And while Bright Midnight was a fun bo
Dwina Willis
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Saving Washington by Chris Formant was a fascinating read. Until I read this fictional account,.I was not aware of the Maryland 400 or of the pivitol role the Battle of Brooklyn played in the Revolutionary War. Josh and Ben, the protagonists, are fictional characters but others characters in the book were real people. The locations and battle scenes were real.

The book begins in Baltimore as revolutionary sentiments are filtering down from New England. Loyalties are divided among Maryland's popu
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A historical fiction lovers dream. This book is all about getting history right and teaching you not just the well known facts but also the smaller facts that lead to Washington's escape. A picture is painted of how each decision lead to the next and how the Maryland 400 really helped save the day.

Perfect for all ages of historical fiction. This book really gives a truer view while teaching facts that not many may know. I learned things I never knew and am excited to have friends of history rea
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The term historical fiction may seem like a misnomer, perhaps even an oxymoron. I have found such books to be an easier representation of the past to comprehend than textbooks full of dry dates and so called facts. We all know that history is written by the victors who give little credence to the people going about the business of living during times of great change or great upheaval. I would venture to say that Americans are familiar with the name George Washington, the father of our country, R ...more
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love history but especially the stories and details that you never learned about in any textbook. I enjoy the stories of the ordinary people who did extraordinary things that forever altered our history. This is one of those stories. The two main characters, Josh and Ben, may be historical fiction but the story still tells of a group of real men and their heroic action that greatly affected the American Revolution.
“On a marshy Brooklyn battlefield on August 27, 1776, four hundred men from Bal
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the story moved between Baltimore and Pennsylvania, with the massing of troops and the staging of battles, the training of men and the searching for informants, it grew more and more interesting. There was a division between the colonists who supported Washington and the Continental Army and the loyalists who defended Great Britain and the crown. Some supported independence, some the royal family.

Although the characters, Ben and Josh, who moved the story toward its conclusion were not real, t
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Saving Washington is a riveting story and Chris Formant is a brilliant storyteller. Rarely does a book hold my interest from beginning to end, but Saving Washington had me from the first few pages-- I simply could not put it down. Told through the eyes of two young men, one white and one black, I found the story to be inspirational and carried an impactful message in our current divisive political environment. It actually brought me to tears numerous times as I deeply felt the conflicting emotio ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Chris Formant’s latest novel, "Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and The Battle of Brooklyn" (Permuted Press), young Joshua Bolton and his childhood friend Ben, a freed black man, witness British tyranny firsthand, become enraptured by the cause, and ultimately enlist to defend their new nation in a battle that galvanized America on the eve of its birth.

Formant’s gripping tale blends real-life historical figures and events with richly developed fictional characters in
Craig Pearson
Dec 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
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This book was written for the mass market, not historians or anyone familiar with American history. There are many situations and terminology that just aren't right. In the late eighteenth century there were no zippers on clothing nor had Baltimore clipper ships come into use. The places the black childhood friend went and how he acted did not seem realistic in a southern city such as Baltimore. The dialogue was just too twentieth century to be believable. Hard to stay interested in a book that ...more
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Mark Vetter
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Saving Washington is a fascinating blend of fact and fiction set during the Revolutionary War at the little known Battle of Brooklyn. It tells the story of a band of 400 Marylanders who engage a vastly superior British army. They are rightly compared to the Spartans and their courage is inspiring. Any fan of history will find this story compelling, indeed, it kept me up late into the night.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you for this opportunity. I will be honest and say that I had a hard time with this book. Realizing this is considered Historical Fiction, I was expecting characters created to be inserted into real events. I do feel this was somewhat accomplished. However, the story-line seemed to be missing something, perhaps to hard of editing? For example, the beginning we see George and Martha Washington, it seems that there were pieces removed from this section? Or the scene was not completely realiz ...more
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thankyou to NetGalley, Permuted Press and the author, Chris Formant, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Saving Washington in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
I really enjoy the historical fiction genre which is why I jumped at the chance to read this book. I have to admit, sadly, that I had a lot of trouble reading it. I found no connection to the characters and struggled to maintain interest. Unfortunately not a book for me.
Brandie Kelly
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is well written but it was not what I had anticipated.. I was looking for more battles/action. It seem to drag on for me.
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