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Israel Potter's War
by David Chacko and
About this Book
Who subverted Benjamin Franklin, Benedict Arnold, and brought everything but the war to a successful conclusion for King George III?
His name is Israel Potter, a great American who happened to be working for British Intelligence. Gone Over is a no-holds barred story of deep cover espionage that has never been told in the way it really happened.
High drama, below-the-belt action, a hidden world of intrigue and a wealth of famous and fascinating characters make this a must-read for every man or woman who thinks they know how freedom was won. And all the things that were lost, never to be returned.
About the Authors
David Chacko is the author of twenty-two critically acclaimed novels in the mystery and espionage genres. He is also the co-author of one of the groundbreaking texts in the field: Crime and Punishment: An Introduction to Detective Fiction.
Alexander Kulcsar is an actor, dramatist, video producer, and
freelance writer specializing in American History. He lives in
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Gone Over is a daring reinterpretation of the thrice-told story of Israel Potter. Herman Melville had a turn at this Revolutionary War biography, but David Chacko and Alexander Kulcsar go far beyond anything previously attempted. Based on in-depth research into the
life of Potter and the men around him, it presents a comprehensive
look at the panoply of the secret War of Independence.
Potter’s life as presented by his biographer Henry Trumbull is a
pastiche of faux reality that Chacko and Kulscar have turned into a
fascinating character study of an espionage agent present at every
important moment deep inside British Intelligence. From the beginning
in England where as a prisoner he is forcibly recruited by the
spymaster Paul Wentworth, Potter is trained as an agent of
penetration. He begins his career by infiltrating the network of the
Friends of America in England, gaining the trust of men like John
Hornea great, largely unknown figure of the timewho unwittingly
assist Potter in pursuit of his ultimate objectthe American
Commissioner in France, Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin in turn introduces Potter to Edward Bancroft, who was without
doubt the most successful double agent in the history of espionage.
Working in close tandem, these two deftly manipulate the work of the
American commission. This includes their participation in the
peripatetic workings of the British stock market and its close
correlation with the events of the war. Self-interest and espionage
meld seamlessly in exciting excursions into the high finance of The City.
The wealth of famous characters in the novel is expertly handled by
the authors with fine descriptive passages and dialogue that is as
authentic as it is relentlessly alive. From King George III to the
lowest denizens of Exchange Alley, no character is left unexplored
or less than finely realized. When the story shifts to America, the
cast of characters grows larger and more compelling.
The shifting sequence of events in America centers around the
subversion of its best fighting general, Benedict Arnold. His
cultivation by Potter and Major John Andre is a juggernaut of action,
sexual encounter and intrigue. Potter’s maturation as a man trapped in
a fratricidal war, along with his consummate skills as an agent, are
realized as few things are in tales of the Revolution. Not only is he
involved with Arnold, but even more deeply with Arnold’s wife, the
beautiful and dangerous Peggy.
Everyone knows how this story ends, but few know these outsized
characters as alive and conflicted as they are in Gone Over. The
inevitable American victory is set against chaos in England as Potter
returns to his estranged wife and a country that has lost a great part
of its future. Suffice to say that history has little use for
superannuated spies, and that Israel Potter is a casualty of the trade
he has learned so well. And of course the stock market crashes with a
calamitous noise heard round the world. That rings true, too.
Gone Over was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 0-9818418-8-0
446 pp, $18.97