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Halestorm [Kindle Edition]

Becky Akers
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Handsome, brilliant, memorable: he was the wrong man for the wrong assignment. No wonder his first mission behind enemy lines was also his last. But from his failure came the hope and determination that birthed a new nation.

Meet Nathan Hale, the most endearing hero of the American Revolution. Halestorm presents the true—well, mostly true; OK, partially true—story of the legendary 21-year-old spy who hanged after regretting he had only one life to give for his country.

Early death ought to be enough disaster for any guy, but Nathan also has a spirited sweetheart, a penchant for puns—and a deadly rival for his lady’s hand.

Filled with love and conflict, murder and betrayal, Halestorm stirs our deepest emotions as it transports readers to the exotic world of Revolutionary America and asks, “What would you choose: love, honor, or freedom?”

"Halestorm is a triumph of literary artistry and historical research…"
-- American Daily Herald


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"...a triumph of literary artistry and historical research..." 
         -- American Daily Herald
"...her fiction brings alive the time of the American Revolution in beautifully written prose..."
         -- Hearst Newspapers
"This novel turns its own pages, so you may want to begin reading it at the beginning of a weekend. I didn't, and it made for some sleepy workdays."
         --Strike-the-Root.com

About the Author

Becky Akers is a free-lance writer and historian whose work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Barron's, the New York Post, American History Magazine, the Independent Review, Military History Magazine, the Ottawa Citizen, forbes.com, americandailyherald.com, and many other publications and websites. She has written two novels of the American Revolution, Halestorm and Abducting Arnold.

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  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
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  • Publisher: Quackenduck Books (January 7, 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YF7H9A
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Review first published by Tyler Tichelaar at BlogCritics August 17, 2012:

In the pageant of American history, the American Revolution is the ultimate pivotal moment, and the bravery shown by the early patriots cannot be denied when they fought for what they believed in--freedom from government control and unfair taxation. Many of those patriots died before ever knowing their cause had succeeded. Among those martyrs to the cause of freedom was Nathan Hale, famous today for his final words, "I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." But who was Nathan Hale really, and what motivated him to die so bravely?
Becky Akers has brought Nathan Hale's past alive in her new novel Halestorm, a book with a clever pun in its title much like the puns she depicts Nathan Hale as having loved. In her Author's Note at the book's end, Akers admits she had to take a few liberties with her plot, but her fiction brings alive the time of the American Revolution in beautifully written prose and in a manner that nonfiction can never achieve.
Halestorm opens with Nathan Hale and his brother going off to college at Yale, while his stepsister Alice is deeply in love with him. Since Nathan's brother and Alice's sister have recently married, Nathan and Alice see no reason why their love cannot also have such a happy ending, but they soon find that their parents are greatly opposed to their marriage. Their attempts to be together and the obstacles that result--including Nathan's promise to his father that he will not marry Alice--make for many twists and turns in the lovers' lives.
Alice and Nathan's love story is played out against the rising disgust in the colonies with the British government and the conflict between loyalists and patriots.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable historical fiction novel August 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Most of us know that Nathan Hale was the revolutionary hero who upon being faced with his execution for treason against England declared that his only regret was that "he had but one life to lose for his country." But most of us do not know much else about the man or about his life. Though this is a fictionalized account of his life, Becky Akers has done a marvelous job researching the era and describing the background for his story. Clearly, she has gone back to first source documents for much of the language used by her characters, and though their dialogue comes out of her wonderfully creative imagination, it is highly believable, and definitely makes for an engaging story.

In fact, it was so exciting that toward the end, I couldn't put it down and ended up reading until I had finished it in the middle of the night. It is not often these days that I do that! Usually I pick up my book and in ten minutes my eyes are closing no matter how much I think I am interested in the subject.

I've enjoyed reading Becky Aker's other works, and am happy to see her branching out into the historical fiction genre. I'll be watching to see what she comes up with next.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Courageous Becky Akers October 3, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A young American novelist, Becky Akers, tells us the story from page to page how it was to live in American revolutionary times. She so courageously tells us about the value of liberty. It was not just the Americans, but also the Brits living in America at that time, who wanted to break away from the tyranny of the King. I thought that it was Nathan Hale who was Alice ("Ally") Adam's paradigm of liberty...and that consumed her love and soul. However, the story of Ally's and Nathan's love for each other is not your usual love affair. Instead, Ally is kept from her Nathan almost throughout, and because he remains honorable to his father's wishes not to marry her, he thus obeys his wishes, almost without thought. It is not until Nathan becomes a spy (not the most honorable profession) for the "cause" that he realizes that those principles will be violated if his love for Ally is greater than the wishes of his family. However, Ally's love is anchored to Nathan regardless of the obstacles that stand in her way; his Father's disapproval, her arranged marriage, and the "cad" who tried to "monkey wrench" everything good.

The story has such beautiful prose and cadence, one feels he is marching into the arms of liberty. Mrs. Akers does something in her novel that I would bet you won't find in other novels of this period. Throughout the book, she peppers her prose with anarchistic principles: "taxation is robbery!"; "But government takes our money and says it'll spend it better than we can. It says it's doing it for our own good, whether we approve of it or not..."

My favorite quote of all: "Why should a country be run?"

From these fiery expressions we hear a cry for independence from the State that most other scholars would dare to discuss. This beautiful American novelist is talking to US.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Mitchell, Ayn Rand Meet Murray Rothbard October 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
If you liked Gone With the Wind and the writings of Murray Rothbard, you will enjoy Halestorm as much as I did. Some characters remind the reader of characters in other fiction. One sees hints of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler as well as minor GWTW characters such as Charles Hamilton and Frank Kennedy. There is even a violent murder like that by Roskolnikov in Crime and Punishment. Nathan Hale is portrayed as a good leader of men, like Sam Damon in Once an Eagle, or some of the heroes in Atlas Shrugged. Halestorm does not aspire to the epic scale of GWTW or Atlas Shrugged. But you can enjoy your American history on a more modest scale in Halestorm.

The politics which drove the American Revolution are portrayed as libertarian, with allusions to John Locke. In this, Halestorm agrees with the Bernard Bailyn classic, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.

After your journey through Halestorm, you will feel indulgent enough to forgive both Nathan Hale and Becky Akers for their corny puns. Mostly, you will want to emulate Nathan Hale for his virtues.

The author's note at the end is gratifying, because it answers the questions which arise concerning the proportion of fact to fiction. And you will probably end up reading the Wikipedia article on Nathan Hale because you want to see the historical consensus about him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic journey
Becky Akers has captured the story of Nathan Hale with an amazing, action packed journey through Revolutionary America. Read more
Published 7 days ago by CC56BUMS
4.0 out of 5 stars The story is good, but sometimes there is too much war-strategy talk
The story is good, but sometimes there is too much war-strategy talk, not enough story telling. But overall, I liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Holli Makin
2.0 out of 5 stars The more I read, the more stars I dropped in my rating.
I have been a fan of Nathan Hale since 1970, and have over a dozen books about him in my library, including original volumes of the classics by Stuart, Lossing, and Seymour. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen S D Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Historical Fiction With a Point
Becky Aker’s novel, Halestorm, is a perfect companion to her other work of historical fiction, Abducting Arnold, and it takes the reader on a wild ride of suspense—girded about by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Non-Voter in California
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put down
I've been a stepping out of my preferred genres a bit lately. I'm not usually a reader of historical fiction, but am eager to add that to my list now! Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Halestorm
A nicely written historical fiction that I enjoyed thoroughly even though I knew the ending for the patriot Nathan Hale.
Published 7 months ago by Michele Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story well told.
Book gives a good sense of the times. Helps you understand the different thoughts and motivations of people during the revolutionary period. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Telma Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Halestorm by Becky Akers
This novel, whose setting is colonial America, is centered on Nathan Hale, the young patriot with whom we're all acquainted from our earliest school days. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TX Libertarian
2.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, however ...
I was very disappointed that the author did not write this novel closer to the facts of Nathan Hale's life. She did point this out after the end of the story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Basil
5.0 out of 5 stars History Made Interesting
Even though this is fiction, it succeeded in making some of the early events in our country more real to me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lester Crandall
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Becky Akers is a free-lance writer and historian whose work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Barron's, the New York Post, American History Magazine, the Independent Review, Military History Magazine, the Ottawa Citizen, lewrockwell.com, forbes.com and many other publications and websites. She has written two novels of the American Revolution: "Halestorm" and its sequel, "Abducting Arnold."

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