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[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Win a Swashbuckling Novel Set During the Napoleonic Wars

We’re giving away 10 copies of Hold Fast, a new historical fiction book.

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Here at The Archive, we love immersing ourselves in the past—and diving headfirst into a historical fiction novel is the best way to accomplish that. Hold Fast, a debut novel from up-and-coming author J. H. Gelernter, is set in the year 1803. The Napoleonic Wars have erupted under the leadership of the notorious French ruler, and the British Empire’s once-indisputable hold on Europe has weakened.

In the midst of this chaos and uncertainty, British intelligence agent Thomas Grey has retired from His Majesty’s Secret Service and chosen a quiet life in Boston. However, he’s drawn back into the world of international espionage when the French offer him untold riches in exchange for selling out the British. Grey accepts the perilous position as a double agent—but the French are unaware of his true motives...

Together with W.W. Norton, we’re giving away 10 copies of this fast-paced historical fiction novel ahead of its release on May 4. Fill out the form below, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win!

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About the Book


Hold Fast

By J. H. Gelernter

A desperate sea battle; a fortune risked on the turn of a card; a duel at dawn with the loser…Patrick O’Brian meets James Bond.

It’s 1803. The Napoleonic Wars are raging, Britain is on her heels, and His Majesty’s Secret Service has just lost its best agent, Thomas Grey. Deeply depressed by his wife’s untimely death, Grey resigns from the service and accepts an offer to join a lumber firm in Boston. But when a sea battle with a privateer forces the ship carrying him west to make port in neutral Portugal, Grey is approached with a counteroffer: become a wealthy man by selling out Britain’s spy network to France. The French take Grey for a disgruntled ex–naval officer, blithely unaware that Grey had lost his wife to an unlucky shot from a French cannon.

Now, after many years serving King and Country, Grey seizes the opportunity to fight a covert war of his own. He travels to Paris, and―playing the part of the invaluable turncoat the French believe him to be―proceeds to infiltrate the highest levels of Napoleon’s government. If he can outwit his handlers, outmatch his French counterparts, and outrun Napoleon’s secret police, Grey may just avenge his wife’s death and turn the tide of war in England’s favor. Bursting with action and intrigue, Hold Fast sends readers headlong into an unrelenting spy thriller.


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Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, DC who are 18 years of age and older by April 23, 2021.

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