The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss

The Whiskey Rebels

“I shall therefore tell my story and explain how I came to be an enemy to this country and the men who rule her.  I do so with the full expectation that even if these words are read, they will find few sympathizers.”

The novel takes place in the years following the American Revolution, when the United States was young and experiencing growing pains.  There are two main characters. The first is Captain Ethan Saunders – a man accused of being a traitor to his country and an early detective of sorts.  The second is Joan Maycott – an intelligent woman (with an interest in economics and finance) who marries and moves with her new husband to a new settlement in western Pennsylvania.  They both become victims of violence and intrigue and eventually, their two stories converge with the real historical event of the first American financial panic of 1792.

Once in awhile, I pick up a book that looks interesting, for one reason or another, and upon reading it, I am giddy with excitement because it contains so many things I enjoy about a good novel.  The Whiskey Rebels is exactly such a book.  I was interested in this work because it touched on The Whiskey Rebellion – some family history research revealed that my husband’s ancestor had been arrested (and pardoned) for his part in the insurrection.  But Liss’s book is so much more.  It is a wonderful history of the beginning of the American banking system, the settling of the west and the birth of a nation.  It is also a fun, edge-of-your-seat adventure, complete with villains, heroes and romance.  I just loved it and am excited to find a new, favorite author!

4 stars (out of 5)
536 pages
Published in 2008


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