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The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

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A thought-provoking novel that imagines what would have happened if the British had succeeded in kidnapping General George Washington.

British special agent Jeremiah Black, an officer of the King’s Guard, lands on a lonely beach in the wee hours of the morning in late November 1780. The revolution is in full swing but has become deadlocked. Black is here to change all that.

His mission, aided by Loyalists, is to kidnap George Washington and spirit him back to London aboard the HMS Peregrine, a British sloop of war that is waiting closely offshore. Once he lands, though, the “aid by Loyalists” proves problematic because some would prefer just to kill the general outright. Black manages - just - to get Washington aboard the Peregrine, which sails away.

Upon their arrival in London, Washington is imprisoned in the Tower to await trial on charges of high treason. England’s most famous barristers seek to represent him but he insists on using an American. He chooses Abraham Hobhouse, an American-born barrister with an English wife - a man who doesn’t really need the work and thinks the “career-building” case will be easily resolved through a settlement of the revolution and Washington’s release. But as greater political and military forces swirl around them and peace seems ever more distant, Hobhouse finds that he is the only thing keeping Washington from the hangman’s noose.

Drawing inspiration from an actual kidnapping plot hatched in 1776 by a member of Washington’s own Commander-in-Chief’s Guards, Charles Rosenberg has written a compelling novel that envisions what would take place if the leader of America’s fledgling rebellion were taken from the nation at the height of the war, imperiling any chance of victory.

©2018 Charles Rosenberg (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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“A clever and imaginative tale.” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author)

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  • Alice
  • 26-01-20

Interesting alternate history

I have read all of Mr. Rosenberg's previous mystery books and absolutely loved them (please write more!!). While this was a bit of a change from his typical style of writing, I do like a good alternate history book now and then. This did not disappoint. I thought it would be a bit boring with it being from the 1700's but Rosenberg made it really fun. It also made you think about how things really were back then, from both sides of the situation.

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  • Jacob Snow
  • 16-08-18

Fun alternate history

The story was fun and exciting, although not entirely unpredictable. Historical facts and context seem well researched and the author does a good job of joining true historical context with the fictional alternative.

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  • Jeremias Pink
  • 15-07-18

A damn stupid book

Either irritating or forgettable. I can't decide. I am embarrassed frankly that I thought this could be interesting.