"They found the grace of God on the Chesapeake: Catholic, Puritan, and Anglican refugees from an aging world and the tyranny of its king. Among the fishermen and landowners, the crabbers and tobacco farmers, freedmen and slaves were two proud families whose fates intertwined: the Staffords and the Parrishes. For eight generations, as a nation fought for freedom, fought itself, and fought wars around the world, they shed their blood for the navy and the city that was its mecca." "From blistering sea battles on wooden ships to the first ironclads, from the shores of Cuba and Tripoli to Pearl Harbor and Vietnam, Staffords and Parrishes became midshipmen and commanders, spies, and pilots. And with each generation their covenant grew stronger, old grudges grew deeper, and America's sea power became the most awesome in the world." "In Annapolis William Martin puts you there: on the decks of a fighting frigate as cannonballs send deadly slivers of wood and showers of blood through the air; in the far Pacific, where an otherwise impeccable midshipman loses himself to the touch of a woman and an island paradise; in the first chaotic days of the American Civil War, when honorable young men, forced to take sides, gather for a final good-bye beneath a mulberry tree at Annapolis; in the high-tech war over the sands of Iraq, where navy pilots dodge SAM missiles and one Stafford becomes a prisoner of war and a symbol of courage."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
When the Golden Eagle tea set given to George Washington mysteriously disappears in 1814, there is reason to suspect Horace Taylor Pratt, the founding father of a family cursed with a legacy of unaccountable deaths and outright murders that continues foreight generations.
Rare-book dealer Peter Fallon returns in a thrilling historical novel about the California Gold Rush, byNew York Timesbestselling author William Martin Bound for GoldcontinuesNew York Timesbestselling author William Martin's epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. They are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of Gold Rush. The journal follows young James Spencer, of the Sagamore Mining Company, on a spectacular journey from staid Boston, up the Sacramento River to the Mother Lode. During his search for a "lost river of gold,"Spencer confronts vengeance, greed, and racism in himself and others, and builds one of California's first mercantile empires. In the present, Peter Fallon's son asks his father for help appraising the rare books in the Spencer estate and reconstructing Spencer's seven-part journal, which has been stolen from the California Historical Society. Peter and Evangeline head for modern San Francisco and quickly discover that there's something much bigger and more dangerous going on, and Peter's son is in the middle of it. Turns out, that lost river of gold may be more than a myth. Past and present intertwine as two stories of the eternal struggle for power and wealth become one.
Treasure hunters Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington are heading for adventure in Washington D.C., the sleek, modern, power-hungry capital of America...and the crowded, muddy, intrigue-filled nexus of the Civil War. Their prize? A document of incredible historical importance and incalculable value: Abraham Lincoln's diary. What if Lincoln recorded his innermost thoughts as he moved toward the realization that he must free the slaves? And what if that diary slipped from his fingers in 1862? A recently discovered letter written by Lincoln suggests that the diary exists and is waiting to be found. Some want the diary for its enormous symbolic value to a nation that reveres Lincoln. Others believe it carries a dark truth about Lincoln's famous proclamation--a truth that could profoundly impact the fast-approaching elections and change the course of a nation. Peter and Evangeline must race against these determined adversaries to uncover a document that could shake the foundation of Lincoln's legacy. From William Martin, theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Lost Constitution,The Lincoln Letter is a breathless chase across the Washington of today as well as a political thriller set in our besieged Civil War capital. It is a story of old animosities that still smolder, old philosophies that still contend, and a portrait of our greatest president as he passes from lawyer to leader in the struggle for a new birth of freedom.
Rare-book expert Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline, the main characters from Back Bay and Harvard Yard,  are back for another treasure hunt through time. They have learned of an early, annotated draft of the Constitution, stolen and smuggled out of Philadelphia. The draft's marginal notes spell out, in shocking detail, the Founders' unequivocal intentions - the unmistakable meaning of the Bill of Rights. Peddled and purloined, trafficked and concealed for over two centuries, the lost Constitution could forever change America's history - and its future.  Moreover, Congress is already at war, fighting tooth and claw over the eternally contentious Bill of Rights. When word gets out of the lost draft's existence, it launches a frenzied search, as both sides of the partisan machine believe it will reinforce their arguments. While battling politicians from both sides of the debate, Peter and Evangeline must get to the document first, because they know that if the wrong people find it, they will burn it, stripping the nation of its constitutionalmoorings. The search takes Peter and Evangeline into the rich history of America and New England, from Shay's Rebellion to the birth of the American industrial revolution to the march of the legendary 20th Maine in the Civil War. Past and present play off one another as the search for the draft heats up. It finally boils over on the first night of the World Series, at that Mecca of New England, Boston's fabled Fenway Park, and the truth is finally revealed.�