Imposters of Patriotism
Ted Richardson, author
The Matt Hawkins' series revolves around a recurring theme--an inexplicable historical artifact whose discovery results in unforeseen and explosive present-day consequences. In contrast to other books of this genre which often feature outlandish cabals and extremely unlikely historical departures, Richardson's books spin plausible tales, both in the historic past and with respect to present-day political and financial maneuvering. Readers are reintroduced to famous historical figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and Teddy Roosevelt--albeit through the lens of fiction. It is precisely this infusion of history (both faux and real) into the storylines that makes these tales unique. The end result is a series of smart thrillers that toggle seamlessly between past and present to keep the action moving and the reader engaged--and maybe even wondering 'did that really happen?' Imposters of Patriotism:Savannah, Georgia antiques store owner Matt Hawkins discovers a two-hundred-year-old journal containing a stunning accusation. The journal claims that America's most revered hero, George Washington, wrote a secret surrender letter to the British during the Revolutionary War--a seditious act that would have ended America's fight for independence. Meanwhile, the present-day race for president of the United States is a dead heat. The Republican nominee, a direct descendant of Washington's family, has shamelessly exploited his ties to the Founding Father--a strategy that has worked brilliantly to eliminate a once wide gap in the polls. As the past collides with the present, Hawkins and lovely historian Sarah Gordon are determined to unearth the truth about the journal's remarkable claim. But they must avoid a shadowy adversary who has a billion dollars riding on the election's outcome--and who will stop at nothing to ensure that Washington's surrender letter remains a secret. Ted Richardson's debut novel can perhaps best be described as historical fiction wrapped inside a modern-day mystery. Richardson ingeniously blends actual historical events with innovative mystery to create a fast-moving, well-plotted tale of suspense.