When young Ben Cross escapes occupied Boston in 1775, he has no idea that he will become a cannoneer of the First Artillery Unit of the Continental Army under Colonel Henry Knox, nor that he would be in the company of the Green Mtn. Regiment of Ethan Allen and the tough Vermonters. Now could he have dreamed of dining with General George Washington himself, or helping to arWhen young Ben Cross escapes occupied Boston in 1775, he has no idea that he will become a cannoneer of the First Artillery Unit of the Continental Army under Colonel Henry Knox, nor that he would be in the company of the Green Mtn. Regiment of Ethan Allen and the tough Vermonters. Now could he have dreamed of dining with General George Washington himself, or helping to arm the Continental Army. But it takes a gargantuan effort which involves a 600 mile round-trip over some of the roughest mountain ranges, the Adirondacks and the Berkshires to haul 73 cannons, most 24-pounders, via oxen train over iced over rivers in dead of winter through areas with no roads exist until the American soldiers build them ahead of the artillery train. Col. Knox, a bookseller in Boston at the time that war broke out, was one of the few men who had trained on artillery with the British, and using is own funds, he financed the movement of the captured cannons of Fort Ticonderoga from the Upper Tier region of northern New York to Boston. Ben, a 17-year-old boy fast becomes a man when faced with responsibility, sabotage, and the court martial of Henry Knox as a spy. This is the kind of historical novel that drives readers to read history and herstory. Written by the author of the Civil War tragedy, Annie's War, the Salem, MA tragedy, Children of Salem, City for Ransom, Titanic 2012, and Bismarck 2013....
|Title||:||The Cannoneers - Ben Cross & The Guns of Ticonderoga|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||215 Pages|
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The Cannoneers - Ben Cross & The Guns of Ticonderoga Reviews
Robert W. Walker has long been a favorite author of mine. I have been thrilled, chilled, and terrorized with his Instinct, Decoy, and other suspense thrillers, but recently have begun reading his historical novels.His Children of Salem spawned much thought in me regarding the Salem witch trials and the motivations around them, his Annie’s War Trilogy showed me a side of the Civil War and prejudice even among those who believed as I do in all men/women are created equal that dumbfounded me.The Cannoneers, which he views as a YA novel is to me a book for all ages. While it may not have the romantic bits he writes in his other historical novels, it depicts so clearly a point in the history of the USA as to share space in my mind with any of the others.Mr. Walker is a masterful storyteller, be it a thriller, a mystery, a story of the unnatural, or a historical novel as The Cannoneers is he draws a reader so thoroughly into the story as to make history come alive.I believe this book will go down in history as one of the greats of our day and recommend it to anyone whether they are a history buff or not. It is a great read.