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The Waterman

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  19 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Based upon the diary of one of General George Washington's staff officers, The Waterman recounts the seemingly impossible transport of fifty-nine cannons three hundred miles over land and water from Ft. Ticonderoga to Boston in the dead of winter 1776. These cannons gave General Washington the missing artillery he desperately needed for his stunning first victory over the ...more
Perfect Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Anvil Productions LLC (first published April 21st 2009)
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Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Daniel Saunders, a waterman (fisherman / sailor) turned Navy Lieutenant in the Colonial Navy during the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Saunders is recruited to help lead a somewhat unusual mission: the transportation of 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga over 300 miles to Boston in order to aid George Washington in fending off the British Navy. Though the event is historical, the story and most of the characters are fictional. Mixed in with the story is Saunders' family l ...more
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of historical fiction, particularly fiction that centers on early American history, including the time of the revolution. Often, historical fiction (or history in general) focuses only on the big names and major people or events that shaped history. This book reminds us that those people were only able to achieve greatness through the work of unsung heroes that were every bit as important to our success as the leaders. It also reminds us that most early Americans were more rough-a ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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This book starts out with bang and just keeps it coming! Its a very exciting action book that centers around the transportation of 59 cannon from upstate New York to Boston during the revolutionary war. There are two aspects of this book that I really enjoyed. First, the story of the cannons themselves was remarkable. Its an unbelievable feat that had far reaching affects. Second, the period detail was great, especially the descriptions of the food and the watercraft used. The characters lack de ...more
Cathy Minardi
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific read. The combination of historical fact and fiction is wonderful. Made me think even more about the incredible challenges and obstacles our forefathers overcame to make this great nation.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
I would give this books 2.5 stars. Minus the t&a scenes (sorry Mom) it could be a pleasant read in the mold of Johnny Tremain (young adult). However, gratuitous sex scenes, which add nothing to the story, anachronistic tolerances to such behavior by the protagonist's mother and others, and anachronistic acceptance of a freed slave in having a tolerable social position to other white characters takes a lot a way from this book, which would otherwise be an interesting adventure of a mission to ...more
Ellen Christian
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Waterman, written by Norris van den Berg, was a great historical fiction read. This book has it all from actual facts about the American Revolution to romantic scenes and sword fights.

Take one small town fisherman, add in a tragic accident and mix in a longing for something more and you have the beginnings of Daniel Saunder's adventure as a Revolutionary patriot. During his adventure, he meets George Washington and he and a friend help transport 59 cannon 300 miles over land and water to aid
Vera Alder
Oct 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Some writers need to learn that sometimes less is more. While the subject was interesting and had potential, the presentation was nonsensical and seemed more like formula fiction than a work of literature. Death of parent-check; blame self-check; nightmare of event-check; sex scenes-check; character/charisma-check; famous personas-check; racism-check; bad guys-check...I could go on, but I think that's enough. I wanted an adventure and a view of history that I haven't heard much about. What I got ...more
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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The Waterman is a fine work of historical fiction on the American Revolution. Norris van den Berg proves that it is possible to write a novel about history without sacrificing anything along the way. While my favorite novel about the Revolution is still Howard Fast's "April Morning" , I must say that "The Waterman" has moved into close second. This is an entertaining read with action that keeps you on your toes to the very end.
The characters are all well rounded, and the plot moves at a nice pa
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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Excellent subject and an easy read for historical fiction fans. More detail on the primary characters as well as the physical environments they encountered would have enhanced the story. About the time I was comfortable with the characters and their actions, the story was over.

The descriptions of sex and the strong language should be left out because it added nothing to the story. Then younger people could enjoy the story too.
Beth (MrsGinTN)
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just won this on first reads! Can't wait to get it!

It took me a while to get around to this book after I won it, but it was my loss. This was a wonderful, imaginative story that was so well told that I felt like I was there! It was easy to read, and I flew through the pages. Definitely a great read, and I hope to read more of this author in the future.
Charles Kraus
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent tale set in the Revolutionary War era follows our hero from Annapolis, MD as he becomes involved in a pivitol moment in the war. Great read! Action, adventure, camaraderie, love; what else could you ask for? I'm eagerly looking forward to Mr. Norris' next novel.
George Guba
It was an interesting fictional account about a little known event during the Revolutionary War. If the sex and language were changed, I think it could make a good young adult read.
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My mom and sister are really into History. so they got into this book, they really liked it and thought it was awesome
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I just won this book! I can't wait to read it. Thanks,!
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