First let me say, I love that that TURN is on AMC. It is about time that the Culper Spy Ring got recognition for what they did. I would also like to say that I have not read Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose. So I am not certain if TURN follows the book or not.
I have watched every episode. If not for my knowledge of the Culper Spy ring, I would greatly enjoy the show. I’m also certain, that most probably don’t mind the liberties that the show is taking on the Culper Spy ring. I, myself, have taken liberties with the characters while writing Winds of Betrayal. You have to take a certain amount when you write historical fiction.
Saying all that, I just have to say what’s bothering me. I may be wrong and if I am, please let me know. I am not a historian, only a lover of history. But here goes….
1) Anna Strong and Abraham Woodhull were never in love or lovers. Anna was ten years older than Abraham.
2) Anna’s husband, Judge Selah Strong, was a staunch support of the Patriots. He was arrested later in the war, but it was more for being a nuisance than anything else. He was placed aboard the Jersey, but was later released. At that point, he crossed the Sound to live in Connecticut while Anna stayed in Setauket so that the British wouldn’t confiscated their estate.
3) From the history I researched, the Strongs were a happy, loving couple. Their last child was born after the Revolution and named George Washington.
4) Abraham Woodhull was a nervous farmer. He didn’t marry until after the war. He did go back and forth into New York until Austin Roe took over as courier. Roe had a better reason to go back and forth to New York due to his tavern and general store.
5) Major John Andre was a prisoner of war in 1776. He was exchanged in the later part of that year. He was also a captain at the time. He didn’t become head of British Intelligence until 1778. From all accounts, Andre was well-respected not only by his peers but the Americans as well. He was a handsome officer who charmed many a lady in the colonies, but was also shrewd and intelligent. He was not hated by the Americans. Though, Andre had a friend, Banastre Tarleton, that was greatly depised by the Americans.
6) The way TURN has portraited the British bothers me as well. At the beginning of the war, the British looked upon the colonies as spoilt children that needed to be brought under control. I believe a case could be made that Gates and Howe were both too lenient toward the Americans. Howe made a fatal error when he didn’t pursue Washington after taking New York.
What do you think? Have you watched TURN? Have you read Washington’s Spies or my series Winds of Betrayal?
The Heavens Shall Fall is about to be released. You know that there will be giveaways. Would you like to start today? Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2; The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy has been released on audio. Would you like a free copy? Answer the following trivia…starting my trivia game in celebration of The Heavens Shall Fall.
I’ll announce the winner next Monday of the $5 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. But I have twenty copies of Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2 audio book to give away! First ones that answer the trivia questions up to 20 wins a copy of the audio version of Winds of Betrayal 1 &2.
1) Who starred in the movie ‘The Patriot’ with Mel Gibson as his son?
2) Who are the Boston Bruins playing in the second round of the NHL playoffs?
3) Who won the Oscar for Best Picture this year?
4) In Winds of Betrayal, what name did Hannah give her step-mother?
5) Who said “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”?
Coming May 20th!
The world of spies and traitors-love and betrayal converge on the path to the ultimate betrayal—the treachery of American’s most infamous turncoat, General Benedict Arnold!
The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour!
After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.
Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Doctor Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challenge…for the only way to save her husband’s life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, British General Marcus Durham.
On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Arnett recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington’s every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.
Now, time is of the essence. The crucial hour of the revolution is upon the Americans. There is a traitor in their midst. Can the network determine who the traitor is before all is lost? At what cost? Who one will pay the ultimate price for the cry of freedom?
Be swept up within the Winds of Betrayal saga! Captivating!
Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal!