Red over Red

Red over Red

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Critics are Raving!

Well, one critic, anyway. And maybe not raving. But my new book, With Fire and Sword, just got a very nice write-up in Publisher's Weekly, the publishing industry's top trade magazine. In the words of PW:

With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution
James L. Nelson, St. Martin's/Dunne, $27.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-57644-8
This rousing history rescues Bunker Hill from its folkloric shroud and presents it as one of the revolution's more significant and dramatic battles. Historian and novelist Nelson (Benedict Arnold's Navy) calls the 1775 engagement--a struggle for high ground from which American artillery could hit the British stronghold in Boston--the revolution's "first real battle." Amateurish Minutemen weathered a standup fight against the superbly drilled redcoats. (That they could obey the famous order to hold their fire until they could see the whites of their enemies' eyes was a triumph in itself.) The outcome was a bloodbath in which "the [British] front ranks were mowed down as if the hand of God had swept them away"--until the ammunition ran out and the Americans fled. Nelson's gripping portrait of the battle caps a lively chronicle of the early days of the rebellion in Massachusetts and of the revolutionaries' scramble to establish a government and organize an army as they edged uneasily toward independence. Nelson's well-researched, entertaining account of the revolution's opening chapter aptly conveys the difficulty and riskiness of the patriots' gamble.

The great thing about Publisher's Weekly is you can slip them twenty bucks and they'll write anything you want.

Naw, just kidding. The review is legit. Perpare to rush out in a buying frenzy, March 1.

And Happy New Year!


  1. This year the robin will be replaced by a redcoat of another sort as the first harbinger of Spring. I can't wait for a pre-Ides visit to Barnes and Noble to pick up your new book. Does this signal a movement away from nautical history?

  2. I have enjoyed your books and look forward to marching to the bookstore in March. But, will I want to get a Brown Bess of a Committee of Safety musket?