[[ read online pdf ]] Back BayAuthor William Martin – Biorganicenergy.co

Meet the Pratt clan Driven men Determined women Through six turbulent generations, they would pursue a lost Paul Revere treasure And turn a family secret into an obsession that could destroy them Here is the novel that launched William Martin s astonishing literary career and became an instant bestseller From the grit and romance of old Boston to exclusive and dangerous Back Bay today, this sweeping saga paints an unforgettable portrait of a powerful dynasty beset by the forces of historyand a heritage of greed, lust, murder and betrayal


10 thoughts on “Back Bay

  1. Krista Krista says:

    I have enjoyed all of William Martin s books, because there is a well researched historical component that unfolds in parallel with a related current story It s like unraveling a mystery along with the characters And the stories are distinct he s not just writing the same formula over and over He s one of the authors that I look for in a bookstore, hoping there is something new on the shelf that I haven t read yet.


  2. Matt Matt says:

    Martin introduces the reader to the Pratts a family steeped in history who hold a deep secret that traces back to the time of George Washington After being given aa Paul Revere silver tea set, Washington promises to keep it on display in the White House, much to the chagrin of one Horace Taylor Pratt, Massachusetts Founding Father After the tea set is stolen from the Madison White House during the War of 1812, Pratt seeks to secure its ownership through a number of negotiations and keep the p Martin introduces the reader to the Pratts a family steeped in history who hold a deep secret that traces back to the time of George Washington After being given aa Paul Revere silver tea set, Washington promises to keep it on display in the White House, much to the chagrin of one Horace Taylor Pratt, Massachusetts Founding Father After the tea set is stolen from the Madison White House during the War of 1812, Pratt seeks to secure its ownership through a number of negotiations and keep the profits inside his family circle However, an accident leaves the tea set hidden somewhere in the Back Bay part of Boston, and the mystery flows down for six Pratt generations Modern historian Peter Fallon stumbles upon the Pratt secret when perusing some old family papers and begins to ask questions not only about the tea set, but the Pratts in general Juxtaposing the historical development of the Pratts and their secret with Fallon s modern search for answers blends the two stories into a single plot line that could mean the end of Fallon The tea set appears to be the thread that keeps the story moving, though Martin recounts many sub plots in the Pratt family history that create a rich and captivating tale for the reader Less a mystery or historical document chase than a snapshot of a family riddled with secrets of their own, Martin captivates and educates the reader continually Well worth the time invested and sure to whet the reader s appetite for the rest of the Fallon series.I was not sure what to expect when I started the book, as it appeared to play out like a modern historian uncovering a secret item, lost in history, whose reappearance could answer many questions Layer that with a family trying to preserve their own secrets and a few sinister villains, creating an all around decent novel However, Martin takes the reader through history to build on the mystery while addressing issues of the day and weaving threads between six generations, all culminating in the modern discovery of the secret Martin uses the alternating chapters to keep the reader shifting their mind in order to better understand al the characters who appear throughout Threads woven throughout the story come together nicely in the end and the reader will surely have at least a few forehead slapping moments I am eager to see what else Martin has in store in the series, set in and around Boston, an area that has always intrigued me.Kudos, Mr Martin for such an interesting opening novel I can see this is only the beginning of what could be a highly captivating set of novels.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at


  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    I first read this book when it came out, and I remember enjoying it thoroughly When this year s Brookline Reads list appeared, it was one of several choices and the only one available at the library at the time, so I reread it Perhaps it s just that I m not as fond of the long family tales that stretch over several centuries, but while I found the quasi historical part interesting, I thought the story itself was contrived and the writing uninspired I guess sometimes you really can t go home a I first read this book when it came out, and I remember enjoying it thoroughly When this year s Brookline Reads list appeared, it was one of several choices and the only one available at the library at the time, so I reread it Perhaps it s just that I m not as fond of the long family tales that stretch over several centuries, but while I found the quasi historical part interesting, I thought the story itself was contrived and the writing uninspired I guess sometimes you really can t go home again


  4. Laura Laura says:

    I love Boston, and I love reading books set in Boston But despite all the references to my favorite city, this book was too unrealistic and ridiculous for me to really enjoy it Peter Fallon is a Harvard PhD student, struggling to finish his dissertation While researching his topic, he gets drawn into the mystery of a Paul Revere tea set, missing for over 150 years As he attempts to find the tea set, its long history stretching back to 1789 is slowly revealed There were things I really liked I love Boston, and I love reading books set in Boston But despite all the references to my favorite city, this book was too unrealistic and ridiculous for me to really enjoy it Peter Fallon is a Harvard PhD student, struggling to finish his dissertation While researching his topic, he gets drawn into the mystery of a Paul Revere tea set, missing for over 150 years As he attempts to find the tea set, its long history stretching back to 1789 is slowly revealed There were things I really liked about this book I loved how the story of the tea set paralleled the development of Back Bay The story of Back Bay is so interesting to me, so it was fun to read a fictional take on its history Likewise, the book does include a fair amount of Boston New England history and can even be slightly educational Lastly, I love Boston dearly I live there now and lived in Back Bay for three years So all the references to the area were great I could exactly picture where these events were taking place and the city is as much as character as the protagonist But while I loved the setting and history of the book, the plot ended up being so over the top The main character is an academic While the story starts out reasonably with him conducting research, its ends with him fighting mob hitmen, rescuing old ladies, being in a boat chase, and even violently destroying public property Really, that s where the book lost me view spoiler when the main character decided it was a good idea to blow up a subway station and somehow was able to convince his entire family that it was in fact, the thing to do So willful destruction of an important, busy T stop is apparently okay if it helps you find an old tea set Really now hide spoiler And unfortunately, the end of the book is quite abrupt without much resolution view spoiler I was really hoping we d see the main character get arrested, as he should, for destroying a T stop and causing the city millions of dollars in repairs and causing all those commuters weeks and months of delays and headaches As anyone who has commuted on the T knows, the Green line is a mess on the best of days After Fallon blew it up, all I could think of were the poor people who would be late to work the next day hide spoiler So the main character becomes this sort of James Bond superhero type Which isn t all that surprising when you read the introduction and learn the author based the character on himself It makes it seem like this all some sort of wish fulfillment on the author s part And that s fine to a degree we all have fantasies of being awesome and badass But it got creepy when the trite love story kicked in and the female character sleeps with the main character even after saying that she wanted him to back off and even though she was devastated by her brother s suicide only two days earlier It was not believable at all and again, it just felt like wish fulfillment, especially when the women appreciates the size of his erection I was uncomfortable with their relationship And when the main character isn t up to thrilling heroics or bedding ladies, the story mainly revolves around a family trying to hold on to their corporation Hostile takeovers and stock options are not that exciting And this book is long 500 pages so there is a fair amount of family infighting and politics all about their company Not thrilling stuff I loved all the Boston detail, but the plot of this one was just silly It reminded me strongly of The Da Vinci Code, though withhistory and less conspiracy New England based fans of that book may enjoy this one, but I wouldn t recommend it


  5. Benjamin Thomas Benjamin Thomas says:

    I had read three or four stand alone books by William Martin and enjoyed them all so I thought it was high time I began reading his Peter Fallon series Back Bay is actually the first novel he published,than 30 years ago And, as expected, I enjoyed it very much.This is a complex story that weaves historical events with a contemporary thriller mystery type plot Peter Fallon is a present day student historian working on his PhD and becomes entangled in a 200 year old mystery concerning a s I had read three or four stand alone books by William Martin and enjoyed them all so I thought it was high time I began reading his Peter Fallon series Back Bay is actually the first novel he published,than 30 years ago And, as expected, I enjoyed it very much.This is a complex story that weaves historical events with a contemporary thriller mystery type plot Peter Fallon is a present day student historian working on his PhD and becomes entangled in a 200 year old mystery concerning a silver tea set crafted by Paul Revere What follows is a multi generational treasure hunt that drives the other aspects of the plot I love the way the historical parts of the story are woven in among the contemporary scenes, allowing us to follow the history of the tea set and its impact on one very important and prominent New England family, the Pratts Chapters are presented alternately, with a historical chapter taking place in, say 1789, followed by a contemporary one I ve read novels written this way before and sometimes they can be disruptive or downright confusing But not so with this one There are a lot of plot threads here that have to connect across time and Martin does a fantastic job of keeping them all straight and allowing us readers to follow along easily, building suspense and intrigue along the way.I also have to mention the setting Boston, especially historical Boston has long been a favorite of mine, ever since I read Johnny Tremain back in the 7th grade So along with the history of the Pratt family and the tea set, we get to witness the town of Boston grow through its history I ve found the biggest theme in all of Martin s books is that we are the products of history and of our own personal decisions the seemingly insignificant choice of some ancestor who made one small decision and thereby changed the lives of generations yet unborn, and of course, of the grand movements of history that affect us all.I m very much looking forward to reading the next books in this series


  6. Janellyn51 Janellyn51 says:

    I really enjoyed this Both of Martin s books I ve read, Back Bay and Cape Cod, I haven t been able to put down I have lived in Boston for many many years and spent several years on Cape Cod I m descended from the Mayflower and a crusty old sailor named Phineas Prattwhat with the main character family s name in this book being Pratt.well there you go It was very interesting reading about the filling in of the back bay One of those things, like living in NYC and never going up the Empir I really enjoyed this Both of Martin s books I ve read, Back Bay and Cape Cod, I haven t been able to put down I have lived in Boston for many many years and spent several years on Cape Cod I m descended from the Mayflower and a crusty old sailor named Phineas Prattwhat with the main character family s name in this book being Pratt.well there you go It was very interesting reading about the filling in of the back bay One of those things, like living in NYC and never going up the Empire State Building, because you see it every day.Now, I take muchinterst in my wanderings in that area It s a good mystery, with strong characters If you have any interst in Boston s history you should enjoy this book


  7. Melinda Melinda says:

    Historian Peter Fallon is searching through some old documents when he uncovers references to a Paul Revere tea pot, a gift to George Washington, that has been missing since 1812 It is rud that the wealthy Pratt family had something to do with its disappearance Befriending the family matriarch, Fallon races against time to discover the Golden Eagle s hiding place This is my first Martin novel and hopefully not my last What a story teller Loved how the chapters alternate between past and Historian Peter Fallon is searching through some old documents when he uncovers references to a Paul Revere tea pot, a gift to George Washington, that has been missing since 1812 It is rud that the wealthy Pratt family had something to do with its disappearance Befriending the family matriarch, Fallon races against time to discover the Golden Eagle s hiding place This is my first Martin novel and hopefully not my last What a story teller Loved how the chapters alternate between past and present and covers six generations of a prominent Boston family Fast paced and cleverly told Believeable characters and situations A real page turner


  8. Pat Pat says:

    This is not an in depth review Overall, a good story with an unsatisfying ending I believe this is the author s first book in the Peter Fallon series It is a good alternate historical fiction mystery yarn It was also pretty long It could have used some editing The author leads you along, so there are really no jaw dropping reveals I will read somethese books, as they are a fast fun read If you need something light and fun think Dan Brown meets National Treasure this is good start This is not an in depth review Overall, a good story with an unsatisfying ending I believe this is the author s first book in the Peter Fallon series It is a good alternate historical fiction mystery yarn It was also pretty long It could have used some editing The author leads you along, so there are really no jaw dropping reveals I will read somethese books, as they are a fast fun read If you need something light and fun think Dan Brown meets National Treasure this is good start


  9. Keith Keith says:

    I absolutely loved this book and have read it 3 times over the past 8 years I just love the way William Martin writes and the style with the juxtaposition of yesteryear to present in the same family in the same chapter BRILLIANT


  10. Mare Mare says:

    Excellent book Historical data was very interesting and the story was very entertaining and moving.