The Spy reminds me of A Tale of Two Cities, which ultimately leads to the fact that you will be upset with the ending(it really needs an alternate ending section).
Brief summary(as few people have ever heard of Le Espion): Harvey Birch is an American spy during the Revolutionary War.
He has done such a good job pretending to be on the British side that the Americans put a bounty on him.
Henry Wharton is, how shall we say, not the brightest redcoat in the bunch. And Dunwoodie makes for a sorry reb. The story centers on these three, and a certain mysterious figure who shows up once in a while. Harvey is the centerpiece(being the spy, of course); like a queen on a chessboard taking out pawns, bishops and rooks- occasionally cornered but never caught. 😉
Reasons I love it:
#1. Harvey Birch is my hero. He’s a gentleman, brave, unwavering and just plain awesome!
#2. Dr. Sitgreaves’ and Captain Lawton’s conversations are along the line of Jo’s and mine. My no-sugar-ever ideas and her love of sugar are reminiscent of Sitgreaves’ medical knowledge and Lawton’s fear of such.
#3. Adventure! Harvey is captured , escapes(repeat). Dunwoodie and Wharton also have a bad habit of getting caught.
#4. Captain Lawton’s sudden change of heart- rather funny, yet sweet.
#5. Poor Sarah. I declare, women those days had like no stamina. Leastways the highborn ladies(maybe due to the tight corsets). And could they faint!
#6. The servants’ conversations were highly entertaining.
#7. Harvey’s humble attitude near the end is so sad- in a good way.
#8. Based on a true story.
This is one of my favorite books ever! So definitely five books. Though there are a few things I didn’t exactly love in the book:
#1. The romance, a tad strange at times. Frances and Isabella both loving Dunwoodie….eh, okay. Though I do wonder how Cooper felt about killing off Isabella.
#2. Cooper has a habit of overdoing prose at times- his scene descriptions sometimes last a few(or several) paragraphs. But plod on, you can make it through!
#3. Come on, Cooper! Give Harvey a little credit! Tell everyone he’s a good guy!
The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper