My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a great historical which looks at the Culper Spy Ring established by Washington during the Revolutionary war in the late 1700s.
It very much reminded me of TURN: Washington’s Spies, an excellent TV show which is also based on the same subject.
Although the characters in this are fictitious, the events they centre around were very much real in the turbulent time of the 13 Colonies trying to break free from British rule.
I liked that in this there are no good and bad, both sides act in the manner in which you’d expect in a time of war, with honour and cruelty alongside each other.
The characters are engaging and Jack and Elias are wonderfully drawn and fully fleshed out men with radically different morals and methods of behaviour. Their relationship is fraught with tensions but neither man can deny their passion either.
There are also wonderfully strong and resourceful female characters, again based on real life people, and it was a delight to read about how they were as important as their male counterparts in the Colonies efforts for independence.
The cover is absolutely beautiful, although Jack perhaps is drawn a little older than he is in the book, but it wonderfully depicts the strengths of each man.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.