Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Ethan Pope is surprised when his lifelong postman from Yonkers ends up as the postman for his new home in West Chester. Things become even stranger, though, when Ethan wins the United States Postal Service contest, Priority for Life, and he discovers part of his ‘prize’ is an old chest containing a letter from Benjamin Franklin. In The Franklin Project by Ben DeSantis, Ethan is drawn into a plan devised over 250 years ago to ensure the correct course of American history, and Henry has been his lifelong guardian. In this plan, it is up to Ethan to return to the past, specifically Philadelphia in 1775, and influence Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster of the Colonies, to vote for war against British oppression. With guidance from Henry and Audrey in the present, and several others who had previously gone back to the era, Ethan learns everything he can to make the right impression on Doctor Franklin and convince him to go along with the vote for separating from English rule.
Ben DeSantis has created an amazing historical tale that explores the depths and breadth of men’s thinking at the time when the colonies were young. The Franklin Project brings that history alive through his creative portrayal of Ethan Pope and Henry, a secret member of a hidden branch of the postal service designed to ensure the correct course of history. Emotions run deep as Ethan must face leaving his new wife to accomplish this goal, and the commitment of the numerous colonial leaders is also well portrayed. This is the best way to read history – a great story spanning many years and involving countless participants with plenty of action, intrigue and excitement.