Shadow Patriots

Shadow Patriots : A Novel of the Revolution

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In July of 1776, the American colonies are ablaze with passion. In the streets, those who would be free boldly read aloud the newly written Declaration of Independence. It is a cry of freedom, but it is also a time of critical confrontation, both on the battlefield and off as the people of a new nation choose between their king and an uncertain future. It is a choice which is not easily made. As Commander-in-chief George Washington declares a major victory in New York, the rest of the colonies separate into Patriots and Tories. Kate Darby never expected to be swept up in this political storm. The Darbys are Quakers who have pledged their allegiance to God first--but that soon changes. Kate's younger brother, Seth, can no longer deny his soul's cry against tyranny. Fleeing from his Loyalist parents' house to join General Washington's ragtag forces, Seth enters a life he never expected. With the influx of British soldiers, Philadelphia soon becomes a temporary base camp for the English forces. When the Darbys find themselves forced to take in Major Jonathan Andre, Kate falls quickly for his charm. Despite her warring affections, Kate finds herself drawn deep into the war. As she attempts to follow her brother, she risks her life and her family's reputation by becoming a spy for the patriot forces, a role which quickly transforms the once-timid Quaker girl. With a world of danger and political upheaval thrown before them, Kate and Seth face incredible danger in the hopes of shaping one of the single most important events in American history: the war for freedom. Told with historical accuracy and incredible attention to period detail, Shadow Patriots recreates America at its youngest and describes with vivid intensity the men and women who bravely did their part to deliver it from tyranny.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 30.48mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765344629
  • 9780765344625
  • 1,403,157

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"Historical fiction as it ought to be written and seldom is."--"Palm Beach Post" on "Shadow Patriots" "Few novelists working now have a better grasp of early American history than Robson."--"Kirkus Reviews" on "Shadow Patriots " "Robson proves herself a dedicated historian and strong storyteller. The only thing I disliked about the book was that it had to end."--"The Tampa Tribune" on "Shadow Patriots" "Historical fiction of the best kind This masterfully drawn, historical backdrop moves a great and moving love story."--"The Roanoke Times" on "Shadow Patriots " "There are so many ways to love this book: for its rollicking view of the American revolution, for the intrigue of spies in petticoats, for the lure of the period, or for Robson's spicy humor. "Shadow Patriots "is historical fiction that lets you smell the corn cakes in the oven as the muskets are loaded."--Marlin Fitzwater, Press Secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush and bestselling author of "Call the Briefing" and "Esther's Pillow" ""Shadow Patriots" takes the reader into a little explored side of the American Revolution: how women felt about it and what they did as the war tore their lives apart. Lucia S. Clair-Robson has written a superb book that may break up your heart in places but will give you a new understanding of the struggle that created out nation."--Thomas Fleming, bestselling author of "Dreams of Glory" "When an outstanding storyteller is also a careful and thorough researcher of history, the result is historical fiction of a high order. Robson has thoroughly immersed herself in Revolutionary America in order to present us with a picture as vivid as today's news. Filled with fascinating detail, the book offers a panoramic picture of America on the brink of freedom. The military and the personal are skillfully interlaced. Familiar characters such as George Washington and Benedict Arnold reveal new facets, while the assortment of fictional characterstshow more

About Lucia St Clair Robson

Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in South Florida. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and a teacher in Brooklyn, New York. She has also lived in Japan, South Carolina and southern Arizona. After earning her master's degree in Library Science at Florida State University, she worked as a public librarian in Annapolis, Maryland. She lives near Annapolis in a wooded community on the Severn River. The Western Writers of America awarded her first book, "Ride the Wind," the Golden Spur for best historical western of 1982 and it also made the "New York Times" Best Seller List.show more

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