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Among the Mohegans : A Puritan's Tale of Passage [Kindle Edition]

Howard Root
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Book Description

As the youngest son of a tenant farmer in England’s Puritan heartland, twenty-year-old Jonathan Smythe foresees himself trapped forever in a life of servitude to his older brother. Anxious to temporarily escape his worries, Jonathan heads on a secret poaching trip with a friend that quickly turns disastrous when the men are captured by Lord Kingley’s thugs. After his friend is mercilessly killed, Jonathan vows revenge and later bludgeons the thugs’ leader to death. With a murder decree hanging over his head, Jonathan has no choice but to flee England.

Following his father’s plan, Jonathan travels to Barbados and begins a life of indentured servitude on his uncle’s tobacco plantation. Jonathan arrives committed to five years of hard work that begins at sunrise and is motivated by the overseer’s whip. Driven by dreams of owning fertile land without slaves, Jonathan fulfills his duty and embarks on a dangerous journey to the English colonies. But little does he know that his pilgrimage to a new life will be more demanding than he ever imagined, involving desperate battles and massacres with Native Americans after he finally reaches the Bay Colony. When Jonathan befriends Running Wolf, a Mohegan ally, he may finally find passage to his true passions and self.

In this compelling tale, a young Puritan man must face raw challenges that test his faith and life in a new world as he searches for his destiny.

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About the Author

Howard Root spent his creative writing career as an advertising and marketing communication executive at Fortune 500 companies and for high technology clients. An avid reader of history and fiction, Howard lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife, Sheila Anne.

Product Details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (May 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0KA3MC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, Well written, and hictorically accurate! August 20, 2013
I am not typically a huge fan of historically fiction, but the combination of an exciting story line and historical accuracy made it a great read. The author does well developing the characters and it was easy to connect to their struggles. This is certainly an author to keep a eye out for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The adventures of Jonathan "Big Knife" Smythe... May 14, 2014
By P. Fong
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This historical fiction novella follows the 35 year journey of protagonist Jonathon Smythe. With a clean and concise prose, author Howard Root imagines the trans-Atlantic crossing of a young Puritan on the run from the King's justice in England to the plantations of Barbados and onto the New World of North America. This is a timeless tale of a man in search of a freedom and a place to truly belong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Fiction March 23, 2014
By Dawn
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I have always liked historical fiction, especially when it's about the U.S. when it was the "New World" and Among the Mohegans didn't disappoint me.

The story is well told and full of 17th century history. About 2/3 of the way through the book, I was thinking that although it was a good story, the characters were just characters and I wasn't truly invested in them. That changed in the last third of the book and it went from a good book to a great book.

If you like early American historical fiction, I definitely recommend Among the Mohegans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The hardships and heartbreak of colonization February 9, 2014
This well-researched and crisply written small volume is a memoir-style description of life in the English countryside in the 1630s and the reasons for Puritan emigration to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Its hero suffers and overcomes every imaginable hardship including indenture in Barbados, shipwreck and the death of most family members by disease. As a militia man he is shocked by the warfare arising from colonization and harsh Puritan treatment of the "heathen" Indians. He decides to promote mutual understanding and peace between the two cultures but is ultimately thwarted by the brutality of some of his fellow Puritans who murder his family and force him to live as a recluse. Highly recommended for all who are interested in the founding years of our country. Helga Brennan
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkably enjoyable read! August 20, 2013
By M.McFly
This book is well written. There is not a wasted word or thought and the story, while building on itself, has purpose and direction.
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I spent mycreative writing career as an advertising and marketing communication executive at Fortune 500 companies and for high technology clients. An avid reader of history I now live in Rochester, New York with my wife, Sheila Anne.
A first-time author, I have received both the Editor's Choice and Rising Star award designations from my publisher iUniverse prior to the release of Among the Mohegans, A Puritan's Tale of Passage. These award designations signal that my work has met rigorous standards for excellence in writing.
I can be contacted at my website and social media connections of Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn


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