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The best historical novelist of our time. (Patricia Cornwell) A master of the ancient art of storytelling. (New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Jakes is the bestselling author of Charleston, the Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, On Secret Service, California Gold, Homeland, and American Dreams. Descended from a soldier of the Virginia Continental Line who fought in the American Revolution, Jakes is one of today’s most distinguished authors of historical fiction.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Kent Family Chronicles (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; First Edition edition (January 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515072893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515072891
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,755,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Jakes (b. 1932), the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today's most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes's commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of "the godfather of historical novelists" from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center. He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.

Customer Reviews

There's everything and anything any reader could possibly want.
Edward Gordon Brown
I read this entire series years ago, and I will read them in order again, during my retirement years, I needed this book to complete my hardcover set.
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I would recommend this book and the Kent Chronicles series to anyone who loves historical fiction.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on April 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book 8 in The Kent Family Chronicles neatly wraps up the family history in a most satisfying way.Carter Kent, son of Julia and Louis, shows some of the weakness of character of his father and becomes embroiled with shady, criminal types, forcing him to head for San Francisco where he becomes an off-sider to a powerful political boss. Will Kent follows his dream of becoming a doctor and after an initial inclination to concentrate on becoming rich and famous by marrying the promiscuous daughter of a society family, realises his true potential and joins a practice in the N.Y. slums. Eleanor Kent, married to Leo, a Jewish actor, experiences for herself the prejudice against Jews directed against her for daring to marry a Jew. They are caught in the terrible Johnstown flood and the pattern of their lives is altered forever.
I'm sorry that this wonderful series has ended but am grateful for the very real insight into American history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Roberts on March 10, 2002
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sorry it had to end. I would read another 8 volumns if he were to continue...i try to figure out which kent had the best life and which one had the most difficult....i welcome any feedback.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Edward Gordon Brown on January 2, 1999
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I have finally summed up enough time and courage to put myself to read through all the volumes in the "Kent Family Chronicles". I frankly don't know what took me so long to try and read them. Instead of resuming each book individually, I thought I'd gather all books into one single review and say that it has been perhaps the most entertaining time of my life. There's everything and anything any reader could possibly want. It's a massive compilation of historical detail gathered along with wonderfully crafted fiction. Its an overly dramatic saga, rich in tragedy, suspense, action, poignant love scenes. The person who reads these books and says they're nothing short of excellent truly does not know what great fiction storytelling is about. No wonder these books have received the critical acclaim they have. They are definitely books that stand in a class of their own. The bad thing about them is that there is an end to them...I am going to miss not reading about the Kents. Oh well, everything must end one day, I suppose. My admiration for John Jakes and his work is the only exception to this rule
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick Bowman on February 11, 2002
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I first started the Kent Family Chronicles when I began teaching U.S. History. I learned so much, and there are stories that I will never forget. My family literally lost me for a few months, because I spent every available moment reading those books. It's been a few years since I've read them, but I'm thinking it's time to pick them up again. Be prepared to block out some time, because you won't put them down until you're done with all eight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billie Rae Bates VINE VOICE on October 1, 2011
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"The Americans," the final installment in John Jakes' eight-book Bicentennial series, is the story of Gideon and Julia Kent's three kids. It is in particular the story of the worries of Gideon, now in his 40s and receiving solemn reminders of his mortality from his frequent chest pains. He simply doesn't see a bright future for the Kent family amid Carter's aspirations to be a wandering con artist, Will's determination to be a shallow physician to the pampered wealthy, and Eleanor's life on the road in a profession ill-esteemed -- acting.

So one by one, Jakes tells the story of each of these three young adults, spending the most time on Will and his gentle coming of age. There's a reason you can have faith in Will's character, and he certainly proves out that faith.

The series ends before 1900. I am disappointed that Jakes did not continue it all the way to 1976, as he had planned, and as he pointed out in the afterword of this book. It would have been wonderful to see this family as it would've looked in the '70s. But I understand what a grueling process these 800-page tomes must have been. Jakes wrote eight HUGE books in seven years, 1973-1980, a rather superhuman feat, especially considering the historical research that went into them. The cynic would say he moved so slowly in the second half of the series -- using an ocean of ink on just two generations, Gideon and his children -- that had he picked up the pace he could've easily spanned the full 200 years from Philip Kent's arrival on the Eastern shore.

Neither here nor there. The series on a whole is so smashingly written. Now I've got to find some other good series to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Pelt on May 1, 2010
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I'm only writing a review for the last book, because it's really about the entire series. I don't want (and it would be too long) to give a synopsis of the different storylines. I'm just giving my opinion of them as a whole.

I read this series back in the late seventies, again a few years later, and am once again devouring the history of the Kent family. John Jakes smoothly intersperses historical facts, trivia, and fiction in a way that makes what was boring in my school years come alive. I often find myself wanting to be my own character in the books, whether a friend or family memeber!

Even having read the entire series multiple times, I still find that I look forward to the next book. It's been a long time between this reading and the last, so some of the parts have faded and seem new, but many moments in the series had made a lasting impression and it's been pleasurable to revisit all of it. The only downside to the series is that it ends; the last book, the last paragraphs, the last sentence, leaves me wanting a whole lot more. I think that says the most about the entire story.
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