Friday, March 29

Book Review: The Fort

Title: The Fort

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Pages: EBook - 337

Summary: ‘Captivate, kill or destroy the whole force of the enemy’ was the order given to the American soldiers. THE FORT is the blistering novel from worldwide bestseller Bernard Cornwell. Summer 1779. Seven hundred and fifty British soldiers and three small ships of the Royal Navy. Their orders: to build a fort above a harbour to create a base from which to control the New England seaboard. Forty-one American ships and over nine hundred men. Their orders: to expel the British. The battle that followed was a classic example of how the best-laid plans can be disrupted by personality and politics, and of how warfare can bring out both the best and worst in men. It is a timeless tale of men at war, written by a master storyteller.

My Rating: 4.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This wasn't a particularly engaging book and I had a lot of trouble keeping my focus when I read it. While it seemed to be a good fictional account of the event, it lacked any kind of characterization, a protagonist or anything really concrete to make me want to read on. It really was just an account on a particular event during the war, and after a while the lack of all the other elements to make a good story, affected my overall impression of the book.

The author writing style and research that went into this was very well done. I'm unsure how accurate to real events the story is, but it does seem authentic enough. But, it was missing a lot of crucial pieces a novel needs to make it more readable and I think that was sacrificed more than needed.

Overall not my favourite read, I will read the author again - I want to try out some of his other books, but this one was a miss for me.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure I'd recommend this particular book to read. The author for sure, especially to fans of historical fiction - but not the book.

What to read next: I'd read more books by the author - Red Coat is also set during the same time period.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, EBook ChallengeNew Authors Challenge, War Through the Generations Challenge


  1. This is one of those authors that I tend to collect and then am very slack about getting around to reading...

    1. I have a few of those authors my self. I am told that this is one of his weakest books. So, I hope to read something else by him. Hopefully you have a better experience when you get to one of the books in your stack.

  2. It sounds like this is a very dry read, and with no protagonist, I can imagine that it makes for tough reading. I am betting that this would have gone over better with a history buff. Thanks for your honest reactions to this book.

    1. It was very dry and in the end not the best reading choice for me. Hopefully the next book is better.