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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 un ...more
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Published May 15th 2007 by Forge Books
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Matt
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Martin has his wonderful duo, Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington, back for another treasure hunt through time. As the US Congress begins debate on repealing the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights (that infamous right to bear arms), Fallon is made aware of an early draft of the US Constitution, annotated with the intentions of the New England delegation of Founding Fathers as it relates to a Bill of Rights. This draft was stolen and smuggled out of Philadelphia, making its way through var ...more
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.
Benjamin Thomas
I always enjoy reading William Martin’s novels. They have well-developed characters, interesting plots, and a writing style that makes then fun to dive into. His Peter Fallon series is a perfect blend of a couple of my favorite genres: historical fiction and modern day thrillers.

For those that have yet to experience one of the Peter Fallon books, let me summarize the approach. Peter is a rare-book and manuscript expert and businessman, specializing in collectables of historical significance. In
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Donna Dawson
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been several years since I've read a William Martin book, and I had forgotten just how good a storyteller he is. He is a true master of historical fiction. This book is set in Boston, with excursions to all five of the other New England states. The historical part goes back to 1787 when the US Constitution was being written, although there are sections prior to that time. It then follows up with the Civil War (on a Virginia battlefield), and continues through the present time that the boo ...more
Susan Stater
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the first book I've read by this author. I liked it but I didn't love it. It was a selection for a book club I belong to and once it was selected I had hoped that perhaps this could be a new series featuring treasure hunters Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline, that I would enjoy. The main problem I had with the book was that I felt it was too long. Don't get me wrong, I love a big fat involved read as long as I'm entertained and engrossed in the story. That wasn't the case with ...more
Lynda
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sandra
May 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela Pezel
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic historical thriller from William Martin! Tracing the possibility that an annotated copy of the first draft of the Constitution exists our hero, an antiquarian bookseller sets off to find it. Along the way we are transported back and forth through time with the holders of the document.

I love this guys stuff! A light easy read.
Richard McMahon
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition




Another historic mystery by a talented author. What if the US Constitution we have today is not what the founding fathers intended? As usual, William Martin has written another fine mystery woven into American History.
J.W. Thompson
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sam
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a beach read to keep me busy and chose The Lost Constitution expecting something along the lines of Dan Brown, if less well written and not as thoroughly researched. And it may have turned out to be what I expected, had I not stopped reading twenty pages in, horrified at the lowest common denominator this book is clearly written for. Targeting the Bill O'Reilly types who see no issue with "grabbing them by the p____" and struggle with complex sentence structure and vocabulary b ...more
Mike
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, unowned
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
Bill
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Drew
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Marcus
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Jason
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, I'd give this book 1 star except that I didn't finish it. After 500 pages, new stories and characters emerged seemingly to add more complexity. But it was more of the same stuff, nothing different. That's when I put it down. And that's saying something; after investing in 500+ pages just to walk away.

The title should be "Life of Treasure Hunters Looking for an Inflated Treasure" as the book focuses on characters who look for the lost Constitution. It's a treasure hunt that f
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Lisa
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sherry
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Erin
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Karen
Aug 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Janet Lewis
It is interesting especially if early American history is interesting to you. However, the promise is better than the reality of the story as it unfolds. The early characters are not developed much and the story wanders around; I became confused by the many characters. I did like the 'back and forth' from past to present but the number of characters and their relatively brief appearances in many different parts of the story became confusing. I found myself getting bored and doing quite a bit of ...more
Maxwellar
Jun 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
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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
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
Marti
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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William Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of nine novels. 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 Annapolis. He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary, one of the cheesiest horror movies ever made, magazine articles, and ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Peter Fallon (5 books)
  • Back Bay (Peter Fallon, #1)
  • Harvard Yard (Peter Fallon, #2)
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