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The Whiskey Rebels: A Novel

5 Ratings: 3.6
A book by David Liss

Set in and around Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York City in the years after the Revolutionary War, this clever thriller from Liss (The Ethical Assassin) follows the adventures of Ethan Saunders, once a valiant spy for General Washington, who's fallen … see full wiki

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Author: David Liss
Publisher: Random House
5 reviews about The Whiskey Rebels: A Novel
review by . December 06, 2008
I had a chance to get a review copy of The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss via Amazon Vine, but I decided against it as there were some other choices that I liked better. But after hearing good things about the book, I picked it up at the library. What I found was a rich story set in 1792, during the early days of America's independence from England.    Ethan Saunders is living a disgraced life in Philadelphia. He and his partner, Richard Fleet, were spies for the American side, …
review by . September 22, 2008
This is one of the best books I have read in a while! Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres, and this well-written novel exhibits all of the best traits. There is a compelling plot, interesting characters, and a smattering of actual historical figures mixed in. Here we have Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and even a cameo appearance by George Washington! The plot concerns the excise tax on whiskey made west of the Allegheny mountains during Washington's first term, but it …
review by . September 16, 2008
The Whiskey Rebels    I'll tell you right off, I hate novels that are written in alternating chapters. My complaint is that one story is never allowed to develop without the interruption of another story, and though David Liss is a skillful writer, and the stories eventually intersect quite artfully, I still think it's a lazy way to put a novel together. I know, I know, "try it yourself and see how easy it is..." Well, no, I won't, but that doesn't make it any less an irritation. …
review by . September 10, 2008
Before the fabled incident where twenty-four Wall Street brokers met under the buttonwood tree to decide trading rules and regulations in 1792, William Duer, the ex-assistant secretary of state under Alexander Hamilton nearly destroyed the fledgling financial institution with his insider's knowledge of the treasury department. His speculation in bank stocks bankrupted his creditors, bankers and brokers, resulting in the first official panic of Wall Street. In "The Whiskey Rebels," historical novelist, …
review by . August 29, 2008
This post-American Revolutionary saga, circa 1890, is lengthy, complex and as eccentric as the American character. Filled with the heady expectations of a new government in transition, a plot against the US Treasury and one man's quest to protect the woman he loves, the action ranges from Philadelphia to New York to the western frontier of Pennsylvania. Liss's drama plays out on many levels, through diverse characters, both noble and mendacious, the most critical protagonists Captain Ethan Saunders …
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