I’m playing major catch up on reviews since returning! I read three or so Netgalleys months back before starting the new job, but never got around to reviewing them. I apologize that the review will likely be short, but I read this months ago! Anyway, here goes nothing!
The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington is a historical alternate history book, in which George Washington is captured during the Revolutionary War and smuggled to England under cover of night to withstand a trial for treason. It opens by following Jeremiah Black, the special agent tasked with the capture. As he goes along, we also meet a cast of characters on both sides of the fence. Once Washington is captured, we mainly follow him as he is imprisoned in the Tower and his lawyer, Abraham Hobhouse, who is married to a British woman but was born in America.
I really liked this book. It was very thought-provoking and I honestly had no idea how it was going to end. There was so much political intrigue, which I adore, and also just a lot of twists and turns. It was definitely a slow burn, but was fascinating and made me think about how little I know/remember about the Revolutionary War. The characters were well developed and I found myself rooting for Washington and everyone on his side.
I was fascinated by the focus of staying in England for the majority of the book. It made it a wee bit difficult to know how Washington’s absence was affecting the war itself, but news came every once in awhile (as it came slowly in those days). The scenes where the American delegation bargains for Washington were particularly interesting, because it showed what maybe the rebels would be willing to give up for one man, but the one man didn’t want those things given up for him. It calls to question how integral Washington was and makes you think about whether he was a great general, a charismatic figurehead, or both. Overall, if you like historical fiction and like exploring history’s what-ifs, then you’ll likely enjoy this book. It seems like a great fall read to me, too!
Note: I received this book from Netgalley & the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.