In the early morning hours of April 21, 1775, residents of Williamsburg, Virginia, awake to pistol shots and shouts from the night watchman: Governor Dunmore has ordered British Marines to steal colonial gunpowder from the powder magazine!
As the march toward Revolution quickens its pace, two Williamsburg merchant families, the Hendricks and the Edwards, struggle to make a living shipping in waters now patrolled by British warships while their children are caught in the fight for liberty. Andrew and Nathan gallop to nearby counties to deliver messages to the Sons of Liberty, and grow to manhood as they face the enemy at Bunker Hill. On the home front, Rachel and Sarah have their own adventures, saving Patrick Henry from capture so he can lead militiamen to a dramatic showdown with the governor.
Independence is the first book in the Drums of War series, set in the turbulent years of the American Revolution. The series introduces young readers to both the renowned leaders and everyday people who fought to preserve the social, political, and religious freedoms of the American colonies.
About the author: Dr. Peter Reese Doyle is the author of the popular Daring Adventure and Drums of War series for young adults. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama, where he pastors Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Feather Quill Review:
This fascinating series (Drums of War) is a great find of historical novels for young people. These books contain wonderful stories about the beginning of the Revolutionary War and are written for the reader in a fiction based non-fiction account. In book number one,Independence, on April 21, 1775, in Williamsburg, VA, the British Army is on the way to steal all the colonial gunpowder stored in the local powder magazine. This will be the beginning of the War talk among the British and the Colonists.
In these books we meet two families that live next to each other. The patriarchs of the families are in the shipping business together. The Hendricks family and the Edwards family struggle to keep their business alive as they try to get past British ships in the harbors and British spies on land. The young men of the two families, Andrew Hendricks and Nathan Edwards are asked by their fathers to go on horseback and deliver messages to the Sons of Liberty. Nearer to the home front, the two young ladies of the families, Rachel Hendricks and Sarah Edwards, are also very adventurous and have a hand in saving Patrick Henry from being captured as he is about to lead the patriots against the British Governor.