Two dead bodies, with their faces eaten away, are found by two redcoat soldiers amid saltwater tea washed ashore in Boston Harbor in the early dawn of December 1773.
Mired in the stench of rotting tea and the dread of retribution, the Boston Tea Party launches William E. Johnson’s fourth in a series of five historical novels tracing the American Revolution. It’s another mug full of intrigue and vacillating loyalties brimming with soldiers, spies, sex, politics, and deceit as John Hancock, Sam Adams, and Paul Revere connive, conspire, and defy the British Crown in their pursuit of liberty and independence. Once again, the heartbeat of the story lies in the bosom of the common people – the merchants, cobblers, candlemakers, prostitutes, bartenders, sailors, and soldiers who share their own previously untold stories. Ironically, it is our story of the struggles between liberty and tyranny, superstition and enlightenment, wealth and poverty. It is a tale of Tories and patriots, cultured and crude, rich and poor; all endure the same history on different terms. It is their story—and ours.
Travel back to one of the most troubling times in the creation of the new world. Settle next to the hearth with a full pint to savor a rousing story. Your destination is Lexington and Concord, where the world heard a SHOT!