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Backcountry Fury: A Sixteen-Year-Old Patriot in the Revolutionary War Paperback – June 1, 2010

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Dr. Tony Zeiss is president of Central Piedmont Community College, which serves 70,000 students. He was named the 2005 CEO of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees. He lives in Charlotte, NC.
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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Parkway Publisher (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597124095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597124096
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry J. Raymond on July 8, 2012
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This book is filled with the stories of my kinsmen! Thomas Young's uncle, Colonel Thomas Brandon, is my Gr-Gr-Great Grandfather, which makes Thomas Young and Christopher Brandon my cousins. We are also related, by marriage, to the members of the Kennedy family mentioned in the book. Because of my relationship to Colonel Brandon I am very familiar with most of the incidents described. I know from my prior research and visiting the battlefields that Dr Zeiss has portrayed the war in the back country very accurately, as seen through the eyes of this teenager. To call this work an historical novel is a misnomer. Everything in it actually happened. Dialogue was invented and added to bring the story to life, and masterfully done.
The British defeats at Kings Mountain and The Cowpens are credited with persuading Cornwallis to abandon Carolina, which led directly to his retreat to Yorktown and subsequent entrapment and surrender. Thomas Young and his descendants (all of them my kin) can be proud of the part he played in bringing our struggle for independence to a successful conclusion.
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Thomas Young was 15 and barefooted when he marched up the slopes of Kings Mountain on 7 October 1780 and participated in the brutal battle that Thomas Jefferson called “The turn in the tide of success” for the American revolution.. Although Tony Zeiss uses a fictional account to tell his story of this young Patriot who was a major in the militia before his 18th birthday, Zeiss doesn’t stray far from the facts about this extraordinary young man and his feats.

“Backcountry Fury” explores the emotions of a young teen and his mothers when he chooses to go off to war with other family members in the South Carolina patriot militia, and follows his tribulations as he rises through the ranks in the final two years of the war.

Thanks to Zeiss’s detailed and breezy writing style, the reader feels as though he is riding with Young and his compatriots as they struggle to rid South Carolina’s backcountry of British domination.

Although written for young adults, “Backcountry Fury” is entertaining and informative to all ages as it presents a story mostly ignored in Revolutionary War histories. I enjoyed it as much as my grandchildren did.
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I LOVED Backcountry Fury!! This is the way all history books for the under age 20 group (and maybe even under age 40!!!) should be written. A quick and FUN read - full of facts and the North Carolina "teen perspective" on the revolution.

A couple of "mechanical" questions that Dr. Zeiss clarified:

1) Outside of the obvious British uniforms, with so many colonists split over the issues and taking opposing sides -- how did the rebels identify friend from foe? The little pieces of paper stuck in the hatbands just before battles made sense!

2) Backcountry Fury portrayed very well the horrible logistics of communications during revolutionary wartime, such as timing problems, lack of geographic expertise on BOTH sides, and constant capture of couriers. Suddenly the nightmare of trying to get information through the lines of battle, literally one messenger at a time, made sense.

Well done, Dr. Zeiss! Please favor us with another book soon!
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Tony Zeiss is a wonderful writer and has told a great story about this young Patriot that will appeal to young people across the country. I bought this for myself, but I'm going to share it with my 15-year-old nephew. Dr. Zeiss has a passion for the history of the Revolutionary War and the passion is certainly captured through the pages of this book. The Charlotte and Mecklenburg County area is stocked with history from the Revolutionary War period. Thank goodness for people like Tony Zeiss who seek out these unique stories and preserve it through literature and good, old-fashioned story telling! You must get this book for the young people in your lives. Our young people need to learn and enjoy reading about the history of their Country!
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In this book, Dr Zeiss does an awesome job of expressing both personal and action-packed war sequences of the revolutionary war through the eyes of Thomas Young. This is an easy to read book for both the young and old. My 2 favorite things about this book are:

1. The simplicity in which it is written. Young children can read and understand it. And their parents don't have to worry about inappropriate content.

2. The character summaries at the end of the book which provide the history of the characters is very interesting and insightful.

I highly recommend that you add this book to your collection.

Make it a great day!

Steve
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As a 16 year old history buff, I really enjoyed Dr. Zeiss's look into the life of another 16 year-old-boy except the difference is this story takes place in the Revolutionary War. The story's ability to weave historical fact into a narrative that kept my attention speaks to the value of this book. Written in first person, Thomas Young gives amazing insight into what life was like during the most fascinating time in our nation's history. It made me appreciate all the sacrifice given by my forefathers. Very well done. Reviewed by Griffin Patrick Mangan, Ocala, Florida
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