HANG FOR TREASON by Robert Newton Peck


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The most arresting characterization here is surely fusty Ethan Allen, ""good old boy"" and land-grabber, whose rough and ready patriotism inspires Able Booker's short-lived interest in the art of soldiering. Able is the son of Tory farmer Noah Booker, who loses his own parents to marauding Indians in the eye-popping first scene here and who is finally killed along with Able's mother and sister when renegade Yankees come to burn his barn. In spite of the violent, and ironic, clashes between generations, Able most often has his mind--and when he can manage it, his hands--on the nubile and eager Miss Comfort Starr. Right up until Comfort and Able finally get themselves hitched, her presence runs like a bawdy joke through the homespun morality of Booker family life and the hayseed anti-heroics that culminate when the Green Mountain Boys bumble their way into a sleeping Fort Ticonderoga. One can't help picturing this as a block-buster John Wayne movie (he's too old for Able, but might make it as Noah) and that sums up both the best and worst of Peck's characteristically boisterous saga of '76.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1976
Publisher: Doubleday