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William Martin
In his boyhood, William Martin loved what he later called "big stories on broad canvases." He read the novels of C.S. Forester, Dickens, and western author Will Henry. He sat transfixed by the big movies of the early sixties. So after college he went to Hollywood to try his hand at screenwritng... show more



In his boyhood, William Martin loved what he later called "big stories on broad canvases." He read the novels of C.S. Forester, Dickens, and western author Will Henry. He sat transfixed by the big movies of the early sixties. So after college he went to Hollywood to try his hand at screenwritng but quickly found that his instincts were better suited to novels. His first, "Back Bay," introduced treasure hunter Peter Fallon in a new kind of adventure that joined the contemporary mystery-thriller to the historical novel. In his nine novels (including four best selling Peter Fallon adventures), Martin has tracked national treasures across the landscape of the American imagination, chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history, and brought to life legendary American locations, from "Cape Cod" to "Annapolis" to the "City of Dreams." He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary on the life of Washington and a cult-classic horror movie, has contributed book reviews to the Boston Globe, and has taught writing across the country, from the Harvard Extension School to the famous Maui Writers Conference. He lives near Boston with his wife and has three grown children. His work has established him as a “storyteller whose smoothness matches his ambition.”(Publisher's Weekly) And he was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region."

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MikeDI
MikeDI rated it 5 months ago
Great story, well told.
MikeDI
MikeDI rated it 7 months ago
This book was a great undertaking I'm sure but was well researched and written. Fills holes in on Washington's life. Best book I read all year. Don't know why I waited so long, my copy was getting yellow pages. We can sure use a Washington today!
msleighm books
msleighm books rated it 4 years ago
2nd reading, almost 10 years later. Noticed some inconsistencies I may not have caught the first time; they did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.I was particularly impressed by the distinct voice of each storyteller.
Danalion
Danalion rated it 7 years ago
A great historical novel that cuts back and forth to the present tying in multiple generations of one family from the start of this country to the present. The writing was such that I was completely absorbed and could visualize the lives of the characters. I want to read more by this author. The end...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it 8 years ago
No thanks! 1)I do not like ANY of the characters.2)You need to be very familiar with NYC, past and present. I've never been there.3)This author is a little too crass and crude for me. (Exhibit A = Gil and Loretta) I'm not bothered by sex talk, but when you make it gross I'd rather not read it.
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