This is a non-fiction account of before, during and after the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Founding Fathers generally associated with Boston — John Adams, Sam Adams and John Hancock — weren't there for the Revolution's outbreak.
Philbrick questions the sincerity of the Tea Party activists and doesn't glorify the colonial rebels. He tries to be more even-handed than most who write about the Revolution. He is sympathetic to people on both sides.
This is a very fascinating narrative of the real origins of Boston and the American Revolution, complete with drawings and photographs. Revolutionary War history buffs will enjoy it.
"Don't Go" by Lisa Scottoline, St. Martin's Press, 374 pages, $27.99.
Dr. Mike Scanlon, an Army doctor in Afghanistan, is operating on a soldier when his wife, Chloe, dies in a household accident. Danielle, Chloe's sister, takes care of newborn Emily until Scanlon returns home.
Then an autopsy shows that Chloe became pregnant while Mike was overseas. Mike is then in a roadside bombing and loses an arm. When he returns, Danielle and her husband Bob try to get custody of Emily.
This has multiple plot lines that are not fleshed out but twist together randomly. The reader doesn't get a sympathetic view of any of the characters.