By Bernard Cornwell
It is autumn 1777, and the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia, has fallen to the British. but the genuine conflict has merely simply begun.
On either side, loyalties are proven and households torn asunder. The younger Redcoat Sam Gilpin has visible his brother die. Now he needs to choose from responsibility to a far off king and the decision of his personal judgment of right and wrong. And for the lads and girls of the wealthy Becket relations, the Revolution brings sour clash among these unswerving to the crown and people with goals of liberty.
Soon, around the fields of ice and blood in a spot known as Valley Forge, heritage should be rewritten, altering the lives and fortunes of those women and men forever.
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